Winner will be honored on Monday, April 7 at Final Four in Nashville
Agunbiade scores game-high 19
Dukes to face Fordham Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Agunbiade scored 15, Nurkic 11 off the bench
WNIT Round 1 - Duquesne 62, Mount St. Mary's 52
Duquesne vs. Dayton
The City Game
Duquesne vs. West Virginia
Duquesne 79, RMU 63
Dan Burt was named head coach of the Duquesne women's basketball program on April 27, 2013. In just one year's time, he has had unprecedented success.
In his first season on the Bluff, Burt guided the Dukes to their sixth straight 20-win season, becoming just one of 21 teams in NCAA Division I that has won 20-or-more games each year since the 2009 season. Additionally, Duquesne played in the post-season 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 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, Wumi Agunbiade and Raegan Moore.
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 seven years on the Bluff, including six as the program's top assistant coach, Burt helped the Dukes to 143 victories and six WNIT appearances. He helped recruit and coach 10 players who earned all-conference honors a total of 17 times, seven 1,000 point scorers and five 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.
Recognized as one of the country's top recruiters, Burt assembled a 2011 class that was ranked 38th in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz and 47th by Blue Star Basketball. Duquesne's class of 2013 was named the 39th-best in the nation by Blue Star Basketball.
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.
In June 2013, Burt was selected as one of 30 head coaches across the nation to participate in the Center For Coaching Excellence by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The exclusive invitational-only elite leadership program will be held from June 3-5 at Columbia University in New York City.
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.