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Report: Boise State basketball adds Portland’s Burns as assistant

Pacific interim coach Mike Burns shouts during Jan. 23’s 71-61 loss to Gonzaga in Stockton, Calif. Burns has resigned as an assistant at Portland and will join the Boise State staff, according to The Oregonian.
Pacific interim coach Mike Burns shouts during Jan. 23’s 71-61 loss to Gonzaga in Stockton, Calif. Burns has resigned as an assistant at Portland and will join the Boise State staff, according to The Oregonian.

Mike Burns will round out the Boise State men’s basketball staff, according to a report from The Oregonian.

Burns joined the University of Portland staff just last month after spending last season as the interim head coach at Pacific. He also was the head coach at Eastern Washington for three seasons from 2004 to 2007. Burns has extensive experience in the West, including stops at Spokane Community College, Washington State, San Diego and Central Washington. He had accepted a position at Idaho in 2008, but two months later, joined the staff at USD. At Eastern Washington and San Diego, he worked with Ray Giacoletti and Bill Grier, who were assistants during Boise State coach Leon Rice’s time on the Gonzaga staff.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Mike join our staff,” Portland coach Terry Porter said when Burns was officially hired April 25. “His experience as a head coach and extensive network built throughout his assistant coaching career will be extremely valuable to our players and staff. Mike has spent most of his coaching career on the West Coast and has very strong recruiting ties and roots built in the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, Mike is a perfect fit for the University of Portland and we are excited to add him and his family to the UP community.”

The Broncos saw two assistants depart this offseason, with Danny Henderson taking a position on Brad Underwood’s staff at Oklahoma State and Jeff Linder leaving to become the head coach at Northern Colorado. John Rillie, an assistant since 2011-12, has remained on staff, while Phil Beckner, most recently at Nebraska, was hired as an assistant last month.

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