With basketball season just around the corner, the lady Crusaders gear up for their 2017-2018 campaign with new head coach Lacey Burns at the helm. The change in leadership aims to improve on Dallas’ 11-15 record of last season.
After four years of playing National Association of Collegiate Athletes (NAIA) basketball at Vanguard University of Southern California, Burns served as assistant coach at Division-I Pepperdine University. Burns most recently served as head coach at Concordia University in Irvine. With a combined 15 years of coaching experience in both high school and college basketball, Burns now turns her sight to the University of Dallas
A coach like Burns, with such an impressive resume, is not easy to land. When asked what it was that drew her to the University of Dallas, Burns says she admires the values and the mission of UD. However, it was the environment in the athletic department that impressed her the most.
“When I arrived, I really enjoyed my interactions with the staff, President Keefe, Athletic Director Dick Strockbine and the rest of the coaching staff,” Burns said.
As the newest women’s basketball coach at the University of Dallas, Burns aims to bring a more defensive mindset to the program. Of course, Burns also emphasizes that leadership both on and off the court is crucial to success. She is eager to begin workouts with the squad.
“We have a bright group that I think can be competitive and want to be coached, Burns said.”
More than anything, Burns wants the university to come together in support of women’s basketball.
“I am really looking forward [to] increasing fan interaction and getting the student body excited about the women’s basketball program,” Burns said.
Burns will be sharing the court with men’s basketball head coach Jarred Samples, who is grateful to have Burns aboard to help point University of Dallas basketball in the right direction.
“I think for the program it’s great to hire someone with her experience and her knowledge of the game”, Samples said.
The women’s basketball team opens their season on the road at Dallas Christian College on Nov. 15, and play their first home game at the Maher Center on Nov. 30 against the University of the Ozarks.