Thursday, April 26, 2012


Tornados welcome Burgess at Thursday morning press conference

Brevard, N.C. - Brevard College Athletic Director Juan Mascaro is pleased to announce the hiring of Lee Burgess as the new Brevard College Men’s Head Basketball Coach.

"We are thrilled to have someone like Lee Burgess, with the character, integrity, energy and knowledge of the game, to lead our Men's Basketball program into the future," said Mascaro. "I would like to welcome Lee, along with his wife, Dawn, and their two children, to our Brevard College family."

Burgess, who will join the Brevard College coaching staff in May, comes to the Tornados from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

While at Samford, Burgess served as an assistant coach for nine years and was responsible for scouting, on-court coaching and recruiting.

"Being a head coach has been my career goal since I entered into the business 11 years ago, and I’ve been looking for a place that’s the right fit," commented Burgess. "Brevard is very similar to where I have worked in the past and finding a place and setting that was comfortable for me and my family was important. I’d like to thank Juan for the opportunity."

During his time with the Samford Bulldogs, the team recorded a winning record in league play four times and advanced to the conference semifinals three times, making it to the finals of the conference tournament in 2006.

The program also reached several milestones, including leading the Southern Conference in scoring defense (four times); three-point field goal percentage (three times); three-pointers made per game (four times); and overall field goal percentage (twice).

Burgess also helped coach three players to All-Conference honors, including one player who earned Conference Player of the Year recognition and received AP All-America Honorable Mention.

In 2002-2003, Burgess served as the primary recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia.

During his time with Berry, the team advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, recording a 20-win season and a winning record in league play.

Burgess began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, where his responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, on-floor coaching, team travel and film exchange.

He was a part of the rebuilding process for the Huntingdon Hawks, recruiting players who would average 18 wins a year over a span of three seasons.

"This is basketball country here in North Carolina," said Burgess. "Our players are going to work hard on the court, hard in the classroom to get their degree and be good citizens in the community. We look forward to continuing to build the program in a tough league and keep it competitive at a national level."

As an alumnus of Samford University, Burgess played basketball for four seasons (1996–2000). He was a member of Samford’s NCAA Tournament teams in both 1998–99 and 1999–2000, and helped guide the team to a 78-39 overall record during his playing career.

Burgess and his wife, Dawn, have a three-year old son, Lee IV, and a one year-old daughter, Lacy.