Eugene Burroughs returns to Marist for his first season in his second stint as assistant coach. He previously served as an assistant coach for the Red Foxes from 2000-04.
Burroughs has 17 seasons of Division I coaching experience. Most recently, he served as associate head coach at Penn State from 2011-13. As associate head coach, Burroughs oversaw the day-to-day operation of the program; organized and ran staff meetings involving the coordination of staff operations, recruiting and official visits; made regular radio show appearances; worked with posts and guards, and had offensive and defensive coordination responsibilities in practices.
Following his first season at Penn State, Burroughs was invited to attend the 2012 NCAA and BCA Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program.
Burroughs previously served on the coaching staff at Navy during Billy Lange's entire seven-year tenure from 2004-11, starting as an assistant before being elevated to associate head coach for the 2010-11 season. As Associate Head Coach for Player Development, Burroughs created Navy's in-season player improvement plan; organized and led pre- and post-practice workouts; directed all shooting workouts; assigned coaching, practice and recruiting duties to the staff; formulated summer workout plans for players, and was the liaison with the team's strength and conditioning coach and trainer.
Burroughs worked with the guards at Navy and was credited with helping to develop All-Patriot League picks such as Greg Sprink, Kaleo Kina and Chris Harris. Burroughs developed a reputation as an outstanding recruiter landing a large number of the top players during the Lange era at Navy, including signing 2011 Patriot League Rookie-of-the-Year J.J. Avila and former Patriot League All-Rookie team member Trey Stanton along with multi-year starters O.J. Avworo and Romeo Garcia.
Burroughs spent four seasons (2000-04) as an assistant coach at Marist, playing a role in nearly every aspect of the day-to-day operation of the team and helping the Red Foxes to a 19-9 record and share of the program’s first MAAC regular-season championship in 2001-02.
Prior to joining the Marist staff, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Hofstra (1997-2000), where he coordinated the individual instruction program for each player, as well has handled team travel and game day operations. During the 1999-2000 season, Burroughs helped lead the Flying Dutchmen to a 24-7 overall mark (16-2 in the America East Conference) and capture the America East Tournament title to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Burroughs began his coaching career with a one-year stint (1996-97) at American University.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in speech communication, Burroughs played for Dick Tarrant and served as team captain as a senior. He garnered Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Defensive honors as a junior and was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team in 1991. That year, he helped Richmond defeat Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time a #15 seed defeated a #2 seed. 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 stands 10th on Richmond's season assists leader board. Burroughs left the program ranking sixth all-time in steals (127) and assists (316) in Spider history.