Dan Burt commences his first season as an assistant coach at Pitt, bringing nearly two decades of experience to the Oakland campus. The Washington, Pa. native will serve as recruiting coordinator.
Burt spent the previous six seasons at Duquesne with Suzi McConnell-Serio, helping lead the Dukes to five 20-win seasons and five-straight postseason berths. Burt was McConnell-Serio's first hire after her arrival as the head coach at Duquesne.
Burt was instrumental in recruiting Wumi Agunbiade - the 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and a 2013 Atlantic 10 First Team selection - to Duquesne. He also helped land Orsi Szecsi, a member of the 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. The duo were ranked the 47th best recruiting class in the nation by Blue Star Basketball and 38th best recruiting class by ESPN HoopGurlz.
In total, Burt has coached five 1,000 point scorers, three players who have continued their basketball careers professionally overseas, three Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year honorees (2008, 2009, 2013) and nine players who have earned A-10 All-Conference honors.
From 2004-07, Burt served as an assistant coach at Bucknell University. He spent three seasons each on the coaching staffs at West Virginia (1998-2001) and UNC Wilmington (2001-04).
At Bucknell, Burt helped recruit a Bison team that won the 2006-07 Patriot League regular-season title - BU's first in 11 seasons - and earned an appearance in the post-season WNIT. That squad finished with a 20-11 record, just the third time the team had amassed 20 wins in a season in program history.
BU's 2006 recruiting class was ranked 38th best in the nation by Blue Star Basketball and 49th by Scout.com. Burt coached 10 Patriot League All-Conference Team selections, including the 2007 Patriot League Player of the Year and two different Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year.
In his three seasons in Wilmington, N.C., Burt helped to spearhead the development and coordination of an innovative national and international recruiting campaign that resulted in the signing of four Adidas Top-10 Camp participants to the CAA school. In addition, the program inked one junior college All-American and a four-time Cyprus National High School Player of the Year.
Burt also coached the 2003 CAA Defensive Player of the Year (Rachael Friese-Norwood) and recruited the 2005 CAA Rookie of the Year (Meagan Samis). His efforts helped lead the Seahawks to a three-year record of 53-33, the best in school history.
Prior to UNCW, Burt spent three seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia. While in Morgantown, he coached the 2000 Big East Scholar-Athlete winner and four 1,000-point scorers. He helped to recruit Pittsburgh native Meg Bulger to the West Virginia school.
Burt was chosen to be an assistant coach for the Big East All-Star team's foreign trip to British Columbia, Canada during the summer of 2000, where the club finished with a mark of 6-1.
Burt has facilitated roundtable discussions at the WBCA National Coaches Convention on numerous occasions. In 2002, Burt worked with YES, Youth Education through Sports, Basketball Clinic as part of the Final Four Festivities.
Burt is a 1993 graduate of West Liberty State College. While a Hilltopper, Burt was a scholar-athlete award winner as a member of the men's basketball team.
Following graduation, Burt worked as an admissions counselor at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va. for five years. He was an assistant coach with the men's team during the 1994-95 campaign and was also a college basketball referee in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
Burt is married to Kata Katanich-Burt, who played basketball professionally in Hungary. The couple has two sons - Soma, born Dec. 3, 2004 and Milan born May 6, 2011.
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