- Rashon Burno
Rashon Burno enters his third season as an assistant coach at Florida after helping the Gators earn back-to-back SEC Championships and a 2014 Final Four berth in his first two seasons with the team. Burno joined the UF coaching staff on April 12, 2012, coming to the Gators from Manhattan College. In his two seasons with the Gators, the team has posted a 65-11 record (.855).
A former point guard at DePaul, Burno is deeply involved with UF’s backcourt players, and UF had a guard win SEC Player of the Year for the first time in 2014 as Scottie Wilbekin claimed the award. Previously, three guards earned All-SEC honors in 2012-13 (Kenny Boynton, Mike Rosario and Wilbekin).
In Florida’s historic 2013-14 season, the Gators posted a 30-game winning streak that included the SEC’s first-ever 18-0 regular season, capped with the fourth SEC Tournament title in UF history. Last season, UF compiled an unblemished 10-0 record in games Burno served as the scout coach, including an early-season win vs. Kansas, a sweep of Alabama, conference wins vs. LSU and Ole Miss and the NCAA Tournament victory vs. Albany. UF’s win vs. Kansas kicked off Florida’s program-record 30-game winning streak.
The Gators also posted an 11-1 record in 2012-13 when Burno handled the opponent scout, including a 5-0 record during the SEC regular season slate and an NCAA Tournament victory over Northwestern State.
As an assistant coach at Manhattan College, Burno helped the Jaspers to a 21-13 record in 2011-12 – the team’s first season under head coach Steve Masiello – and a postseason win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. That marked a massive 15-win turnaround for a team that went 6-25 in 2010-11, as the Jaspers also earned the 11th 20-win season in the program’s 106-year history.
Burno, a three-year team captain at DePaul who played for the Blue Demons from 1998-2002, reunited with his former head coach, Pat Kennedy, as an assistant coach at Towson University in 2010-11. He began his coaching career as head coach at Marmion Academy in the Chicago suburbs from 2007-10, while also serving as an economics and physical education teacher.
During his playing career at DePaul, Burno started 58 games and helped the Blue Demons to two postseason appearances, advancing to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 National Invitational Tournament. He finished his career ranked third in DePaul history with 201 steals and was named to the 2001 Conference USA All-Tournament Team.
As a high school player, Burno helped anchor back-to-back national championship runs in 1996 and 1997 at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City under Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hurley.
Burno, 36, and his wife, Ellen, have three children: Micah, Rashon and Braxton.