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Former Dukes assistant played an integral role in assembling five 20-win WNIT teams
Selected as one of 28 honorees
Duquesne 65, Fordham 57
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Dan Burt, the top assistant for the Duquesne women's basketball program for the past six years, was named head coach of the Dukes on April 27, 2013.
During his time on the Bluff, Burt helped the Dukes to 123 victories and five WNIT appearances. This past season's team tied the program record with 24 wins and recorded an all-time-best 11 Atlantic 10 Conference victories. He helped recruit and coach nine players who earned all-conference honors a total of 15 times, six 1,000 point scorers and three players who have gone on to play professionally overseas. Additionally, he has coached the 2008, 2009 and 2013 Atlantic 10 Defensive Players of the Year.
Burt was instrumental in recruiting the 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi, who was a member of the 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Agunbiade was ranked the 43rd best power forward by ESPN HoopGurlz and 108th best player by Blue Star Basketball. Szecsi was rated the 14th best small forward and 77th best player by ESPN HoopGurlz. Blue Star ranked Szecsi the 84th best player overall and Scout.com had her at the 17th best player in the Middle Atlantic Region. Jose-Ann Johnson was listed as the 38th best post player in North America by ESPN HoopGurlz and was the highest ranking of any player from Canada in the 2011 recruiting class.
A native of nearby Washington, Pa., Burt came to Duquesne from Bucknell where he was an assistant for three seasons (2004-07). He was also an assistant for three seasons at both West Virginia (1998-2001) and UNC Wilmington (2001-04).
At Bucknell, Burt helped recruit a Bison team that won the 2006-07 Patriot League regular-season title (BU's first in 11 seasons) and earned an appearance in the post-season WNIT. The `07 Bison finished 20-11 marking just the third time a BU women's team won 20 games in a season. The previous season, Bucknell had their biggest turn around since the program started in 1973. BU's 18 wins was eight more wins than in 2005.
Burt's 2006 recruiting class was ranked 38th best in the nation by Blue Star Basketball and 49th by Scout.com. Included in the class of 2006 was Cosima Higham who was rated at the 68th best player by Scout.com and 85th by Blue Star.
Burt coached six players that were selected to Patriot League All-Conference teams a total of 10 times including the 2007 Patriot League Player of the Year and two different Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year. He was on the coaching staff of the 2007 Patriot League Coach of the Year Kathy Fedorjaka.
In three seasons at UNC Wilmington, Burt spearheaded the development and coordination of an innovative national and international recruiting campaign that resulted in the signing of four Adidas Top-10 Camp participants, one junior college All-American and a four-time Cyprus National High School Player of the Year. Burt was a staff member of the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year Ann Hancock. In addition, he coached the 2004 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year as well as recruiting the 2005 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year. His efforts helped lead the Seahawks to a three-year record of 53-33, the best in school history.
Prior to UNC Wilmington, Burt spent three seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia. While in Morgantown, he coached the 2000 Big East Scholar-Athlete winner and four 1,000-point scorers. In the summer of 2000, Burt was chosen to be an assistant coach for the Big East All-Star team's foreign trip to British Columbia, Canada, where the club finished with a mark of 6-1.
Burt has also facilitated roundtable discussions at the WBCA National Coaches Convention. He was one of 15 assistant coaches selected from around the country to lead the discussions in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2013. He also coordinated a roundtable meeting for the entire athletic department at UNC Wilmington during 2003-04 that focused on recruiting for all sports at the school.
In 2002, Burt worked with YES, Youth Education through Sports, Basketball Clinic as part of the Final Four Festivities.
Burt graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Pa. prior to earning a bachelor's degree in physical education from West Liberty State College in 1993. While a Hilltopper, Burt was a scholar-athlete award winner as a member of the men's basketball team.
Following graduation, Burt worked as an admissions counselor at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va. for five years. He was an assistant coach with the men's team during the 1994-95 campaign and was also a college basketball referee in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
Burt is married to Kata Katanich-Burt, who received her MBA from Duquesne's Donahue Graduate School of Business. The couple has two sons - Soma and Milan.