Utah Valley University’s new men’s basketball coach Mark Pope hired Chris Burgess as another assistant coach on Wednesday.
“Chris is a great addition to my staff,” Pope said in a press release. “Not only has he excelled as a player, but has also proven his skill, acumen and dedication as a coach. He is an energetic teacher and a smart basketball tactician. He has proven his ability to build strong and lasting relationships with players, recruits and colleagues. Chris will be an incredible asset to Utah Valley and is destined to be a star in this business.”
Burgess, who played professionally overseas for 11 years, comes to UVU from Indian Hills Community College where he was an assistant coach. The Warriors held a 29–7 record last season and went to the NJCAA National Tournament in Kansas.
“I am excited to be part of this new era of UVU basketball,” Burgess said in a press release. “Coach Pope brings a level of excitement to this program that is tangible. I’ve been impressed with everyone that I’ve met here on campus, as well as the facilities available to our team. I look forward to competing in the WAC and helping our players reach their potential, and win for the Wolverine faithful.”
During his college career, Burgess played for Duke (1997–99) under coach Mike Krzyzewski — assisting the Blue Devils in a run to the Elite Eight and the NCAA Championship game — and then for Utah (2000–02) for coach Rick Majerus.
In his 11-year professional career, Burgess played for Turkey, Australia, Philippines, South Korea, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Poland and the United Erab Emirates. Burgess has served as an assistant coach for two other colleges: Utah and Salt Lake Community College.
Burgess is the second assistant coach hired since Pope was named UVU’s head coach in March. Cody Fueger is the other assistant coach.