For­mer Ring­gold head coach tabbed for UTC women’s bas­ket­ball post

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Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga Vice Chan­cel­lor and Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics Mark Whar­ton an­nounced the pro­mo­tion of Katie Bur­rows to head coach of the women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram last week. Bur­rows comes the sixth head coach in the his­tory of Mocs women’s bas­ket­ball af­ter spend­ing eight sea­sons as an as­sis­tant.

“I am ex­cited to in­tro­duce Katie Bur­rows as the new leader of our women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram,” stated Whar­ton. “Dur­ing my short time here, I got to see first-hand how she op­er­ates on and off the court, as well as her lead­er­ship po­ten­tial for pro­vid­ing our stu­dent-ath­letes with a first-class col­le­giate ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In her eight years as an as­sis­tant coach at Chat­tanooga, Bur­rows served on staffs for both Wes Moore and Jim Foster. Dur­ing that time, UTC ad­vanced to the post­sea­son eight times, with five trips to the NCAA Tour­na­ment fol­low­ing five South­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tles.

The Mocs posted an im­pres­sive over­all record of 255-95 (.729) and a 160-34 (.825) mark in league play dur­ing her time as an as­sis­tant.

“I would like to thank Mark Whar­ton and the search com­mit­tee for this op­por­tu­nity,” stated Bur­rows. “I have learned so much un­der both Coach Moore and Coach Foster and I know I am ready to make the jump to head coach.

“I have a pas­sion for my alma mater and the Chat­tanooga com­mu­nity. Every­one who knows me will agree that I will do what­ever it takes to con­tinue the win­ning his­tory of this spe­cial pro­gram.”

Dur­ing Bur­rows’ ten­ure, Mocs have had one SoCon Ath­lete of the Year, one SoCon Player of the Year, four De­fen­sive Play­ers of the Year, 20 all-con­fer­ence picks and five SoCon Tour­na­ment MVPs.

The Mocs earned a top-25 rank­ing in both the As­so­ci­ated Press and USA To­day Coaches polls in the 2014-15 sea­son, fol­low­ing wins over No. 4 Ten­nessee and No. 7 Stan­ford. UTC climbed as high as 17 in the AP Top 25 and 18 in the Coaches Poll.

Over the last eight years, the Mocs have de­feated Ten­nessee, Alabama and Auburn twice each, Stan­ford, Vil­lanova, Rut­gers, In­di­ana, North­west­ern, Ge­orge­town and Florida.

“Based on our long his­tory of suc­cess in women’s bas­ket­ball, I felt it was nec­es­sary to con­duct a na­tional search,” added Whar­ton. “I was pleased with the qual­ity of in­di­vid­u­als who were in­ter­ested in our pro­gram and Katie was a strong can­di­date from the be­gin­ning.

“That be­ing said, she clearly dis­tanced her­self from an ex­tremely tal­ented pool of coaches. She earned the chance to lead our women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram by clearly be­ing the per­son for the job.”

A na­tive of Look­out Val­ley, Katie came to Chat­tanooga in 2000 and was an in­te­gral mem­ber of four straight SoCon ti­tles. In her time as a stu­den­tath­lete at UTC, the Mocs posted an over­all record of 102-23 with wins over such teams as Florida State, Alabama and Louisville. UTC ad­vanced to the NCAA cham­pi­onships all four sea­sons.

In her se­nior year, the Mocs posted the na­tion’s long­est ac­tive win­ning streak at 27 games that cul­mi­nated with a first-round win over Rut­gers in the NCAA Tour­na­ment. In that game, Bur­rows sank the most mem­o­rable shot in Chat­tanooga his­tory, nail­ing a 30-foot bank shot from the right side to spark a come­back win over the Scar­let Knights.

Katie earned a spot as among for­mer head coach Wes Moore’s Top 10 play­ers in the cel­e­bra­tion of “Moore in McKen­zie, a Decade of Dom­i­nance”. She ranks in the top 10 in UTC his­tory in 3-point­ers made (107) and at­tempted (315).

Prior to her re­turn to UTC, Bur­rows was a coach and teacher at Ring­gold High School for three years. She took over a pro­gram that had just three wins in the sea­son

prior to her ar­rival. The Lady Tigers steadily in­creased their win to­tal in each of her three sea­sons, cul­mi­nat­ing in Ring­gold’s first state play­off ap­pear­ance since 1986 when the team lost to Rossville in the Class AAA fi­nals.

Prior to that she was the head coach of the girl’s bas­ket­ball team at Tul­la­homa High School in Tul­la­homa, Tenn., from 2005-2007 and taught health and P.E. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing her grad­u­a­tion from UTC she was the as­sis­tant girls bas­ket­ball coach at GPS from 2004-05 un­der for­mer UTC player Su­san Lance Crownover.

Katie at­tended Look­out Val­ley High School where she was named the Chat­tanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year.

She was a four-time first team Chat­tanooga Times Free Press Al­lCity, three-time Re­gion Player of the Year and first team all-state. She was named a Ten­nessee Class A Miss Bas­ket­ball fi­nal­ist in back-to-back sea­sons.

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