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Georgia Southern tabs Burg as new coach

Field Level Media
30 Mar 2020, 09:19 GMT+10

Georgia Southern announced Sunday that it hired Texas Tech assistant Brian Burg as its new head coach.

Burg spent the past four seasons with Texas Tech, a program that lost in the 2019 NCAA Tournament title game to Virginia.

"This is a dream come true! A year ago, this weekend, we were playing Gonzaga for a spot in the Final Four, and today I am named head basketball coach at Georgia Southern University," Burg said a statement. "I couldn't be more excited. What a year it's been!"

Burg has earned a reputation as a strong recruiter during a career that also includes stops as Campbell, North Carolina Central and Little Rock.

"Brian's commitment to the comprehensive development of our student-athletes on-and-off the court resonated with the search committee," Georgia Southern athletic director Jared Benko said in a statement. "As we spoke to some of the best and brightest college basketball minds in the country, his name continued to come up time and again.

"Brian has mentored under some of the top coaches in the country, and we know this experience will benefit our program tremendously. Coach Burg will hit the ground running this week, and we look forward to him having a long and successful career with Georgia Southern University."

Burg replaces Mark Byington, who went 131-97 in seven seasons at the school before taking the James Madison job earlier this month.

--Field Level Media

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