Eugene Burroughs enters his seventh year on the Navy basketball coaching staff.
Burroughs was elevated to associate head coach in the summer leading up to the 2010-11 season.
Burroughs has been instrumental to the success and the resurgence of the Navy basketball program, serving as the player development coach.
His coaching and direction has helped in the development of the guards at Navy, spending extra time with them after practice to help develop shooting skills and footwork. He helped Chris Harris become one of the top shooters in the country, and has spent almost every practice the last two years helping transfer O.J. Avwork on his offensive game. Last season, Jordan Sugars' offensive development was vital to Navy's success, as the junior was the most-improved scorer in the country from the 2008-09 season to the 2009-10 season, averaging over 12 points more per game.
En route to their 7-7 Patriot League mark a year ago, guards once again paved the way for the Midshipmen, as Navy's three-guard attack of Harris, Sugars and Avworo averaged over 44 points per game and connected on 173 three-pointers. The tandem of Harris and Sugars combined to have the eighth-best average among a pair of players nationally.
Two years ago, Burroughs helped the Midshipmen to a 19-11 overall record, equaling the most wins for the Navy program since the 1999-00 season.
On the court, the team continued to flourish, leading the league in scoring again and ranking high nationally in field goal percentage defense and free throw percentage while starting essentially a four-guard lineup for the second straight season.
Three years ago, Navy finished second in the Patriot League with a 16-14 record, the program's best mark since 2001. With its four-guard lineup that flourished offensively, the Mids were the top-scoring team in the Patriot League, while forcing the most turnovers and creating the most steals in the conference defensively. He has helped shape guards Kaleo Kina and Chris Harris into all-Patriot League performers, while helping Romeo Garcia earn all-Patriot League Rookie Team accolades. The Mids set school records a year ago in three-pointers made and free throw percentage, and forced the third-most turnovers in school history. Navy finished the year ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense, three-pointers made, free throw percentage and steals per game.
In 2006-07, the Mids finished last season with a 14-16 record, their best record in six years. Navy accomplished that with a strong freshman class and talented upperclassmen. Under Burroughs' guidance, guards played a huge role in Navy's turnaround, as the Mids set school records for three-pointers made and attempted, as well as free throw percentage (all have since been broken). Navy was also one of the most-improved teams in the country on the defensive end, ranking in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense.
The Mids continued its rebuilding process five years ago, posting a 10-18 record, despite the majority of the team being freshman and sophomores. The squad continued its offensive improvement, leading the Patriot League in points per game in all games played.
Navy finished 2004-05 ranked among the country's top 50 in two statistical categories -- rebound margin and steals. The Mids' +5.1 rebound margin was the 32nd best among 326 Div. I schools in the nation. Meanwhile, Navy finished No. 34 in steals per game, grabbing 8.9 per contest.
The Mids finished the 2004-05 campaign ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League in four statistical categories (overall games), including scoring offense. Navy averaged 69.7 points per game, 2.5 points more than second-place Lafayette (67.2 ppg). The Mids displayed a +13.5 scoring gain over the previous season, while averaging just under six rebounds a game more than the 2003-04 campaign.
Prior to his arrival in Annapolis, Burroughs spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. As a member of the Red Foxes program, he played a role in nearly every aspect of the day-to-day operation of the team, including conditioning and working with the backcourt players.
Before joining the Marist staff in the summer of 2000, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra University. While at Hofstra, Burroughs coordinated the individual instruction program for each player, as well has handling team travel and game day operations. During the 1999-2000 season, Burroughs helped lead the Flying Dutchmen to a 24-7 overall mark and a 16-2 mark in the America East Conference. That season, Hofstra captured the America East Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Burroughs had a short stint at American University (1996-97) in Washington, D.C. as an assistant coach, where he was responsible for scouting, individual instruction, preseason conditioning and the film exchange program.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in speech communication, Burroughs garnered a pair of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Defensive honors as a junior and senior and was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team in 1991. As a co-captain during the 1993-94 campaign, he started in 25 games, leading the Spiders in minutes played (31.1) and assists (4.0), while averaging 8.4 points per game. He dished out 105 assists as a senior, which until recently was in the single-season top 10. In addition, Burroughs ranks eighth all-time in assists (316) and ninth in steals (127) Spider history.
Burroughs and his wife, Trish, reside in Annapolis.
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