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Dan Burt was named head coach of the Duquesne women's basketball program on April 27, 2013. In his four seasons, he has had unprecedented success in both the Atlantic 10 Conference as well as nationally.
In his third season, Burt led Duquesne to a program record 28 wins and 13 Atlantic 10 Conference wins. The Dukes won their first-ever share of 1st place in the A-10 and also advanced to their first appearance in the finals at the A-10 Championship. For the first time in program history, the Dukes played in the NCAA Tournament, earning a #9 seed in the Bridgeport Region. Burt led Duquesne to its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in the First Round with a 97-76 victory over #8 seed Seton Hall. The Dukes' magical season came to an end in the Second Round at the hands of National Champion UConn. In that game, Duquesne had two leads and earned nationwide respect for their performance. Additionally, Duquesne set a program record with a 15-game winning streak and had a 19-game home winning streak dating back to December of 2014. For the eighth straight year, Duquesne won 20 games -- in just 22 contests into the season.
Highlights of the season include Duquesne earning their first-ever national ranking (No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 Poll), being crowned champions of the UNM Thanksgiving Tournament, defeating host New Mexico at The Pit in the championship game, the first sweep of conference rival Dayton since 2004 and the senior class of April Robinson, Deva'Nyar Workman and Emilie Gronas being the winningest senior class in program history.
For the seventh straight season, Duquesne won 20-or-more games (just one of 18 teams in NCAA Division I that has won 20-or-more games each year since the 2009 season).
Duquesne led all A-10 schools with eight postseason honors. Robinson was named Co-Player of the Year and to the All-Academic Team and Workman Sixth Woman of the Year and to the All-Defensive Team. Both were named First-Team All-Conference. Additionally, Robinson was a finalist for the 2016 Nancy Lieberman Award as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Freshman Kadri-Ann Lass, who set a program record with seven Rookie of the Week awards, and Chassidy Omogrosso were named to the All-Rookie Team.
Additionally, Robinson was an WBCA All-America finalist, earning one of 15 spots on the Region 1 team. She was also named ECAC All-Star and USA TODAY College Sports Madness All-High Major Second-Team.
In Burt's second season as head coach - one that was touted by many as a rebuilding year - the team that was predicted to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 Conference finished third, had one of the most successful years in program history recording 12 league victories. Overall, the Dukes' 23 victories was the third-most for the program all-time. The non-conference season was highlighted by Duquesne being crowned champion of the Ball State Federal Credit Union Classic as well as defeating cross-town rival Pitt in The City Game. After dropping its first two home decisions to NCAA Tournament teams Princeton and Syracuse, Duquesne went on to win its next 12 at the A.J. Palumbo Center. During that streak, the Dukes won a single-season program-best eight straight Atlantic 10 Conference games. That season marked the first time Duquesne was undefeated in conference play at the Palumbo Center.
For the first time since 2006, the Dukes advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Duquesne earned a #3 seed and a bye into the quarterfinal round, where whey defeated Rhode Island before falling to conference runner-up and NCAA Elite Eight team Dayton. Despite having a top 50 RPI, the Dukes did not receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. However, they tied their best finish in the WNIT, advancing to the 3rd Round of the 64-team tournament defeating Youngstown State and Richmond before falling at tournament runner-up West Virginia.
Kenny Kallina of Florida Girl's Basketball along with John McGraw Scouting Service named Burt its Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
In his first season on the Bluff, Burt guided the Dukes to their sixth straight 20-win season. Duquesne played in the postseason for the sixth straight season, capping the year with a 2nd Round appearance in the WNIT.
The team made program history on December 1, 2013 when they played their first-ever game outside the United States. The Dukes and #5 Notre Dame played a neutral site game at Ryerson University in the venue formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens in downtown Toronto. The contest sold out in a matter of hours.
Burt became the first 1st year head coach to win 10 Atlantic 10 Conference games since 2009. The 10 wins tied Duquesne's second-best total since joining the league in 1983-84. The Dukes also set a then single-season team record with seven straight conference victories from Jan. 8 to Feb. 1, 2014. The winning steak culminated with Duquesne receiving three votes in the prestigious USA Today/Coaches Poll.
The end of the A-10 season saw two of Burt's student-athletes named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team in Wumi Agunbiade and Raegan Moore. The season concluded with a sixth straight postseason berth. The Dukes defeated Mount St. Mary's in the 1st Round of the WNIT before falling in the 2nd Round at Michigan.
One of just five NCAA Division I 1st year head coaches to win 20 games, Burt was named a finalist for the 2014 Spalding Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year award, which honors a WBCA Division I head coach who has led his or her team to a successful season during his or her first year at the helm.
During his nine years on the Bluff, including six as the program's top assistant coach, Burt helped the Dukes to 184 victories and eight WNIT appearances. He helped recruit and coach 11 players who earned all-conference honors a total of 19 times, nine 1,000 point scorers and the 2008, 2009 (Kristi Little) and 2013 (Jocelyn Floyd) Atlantic 10 Defensive Players of the Year and the 2011 Rookie of the Year (Wumi Agunbiade).
A key component in Burt's coaching philosophy is player development. In his time at Duquesne, 12 of Burt's players have gone on to play professionally overseas: