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Northern Illinois tabs Rashon Burno as new coach

Field Level Media
07 Mar 2021, 07:05 GMT+10

Northern Illinois announced the hiring of Arizona State assistant Rashon Burno as head coach on Saturday.

The 43-year-old Burno also is familiar with the terrain after playing in college for DePaul.

Burno will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity," Burno said in the news release. "... I believe I am aligned with what their vision is for the future, not only for men's basketball but also for the entire student body. I was very impressed with the overall vision and that made it easy for me to want to be at NIU."

Burno spent the past six seasons at Arizona State and also had assistant stints at Towson, Manhattan College and Florida. The latter program reached the 2014 Final Four with Burno as an assistant to Billy Donovan.

"He's incredibly bright, very smart, and a great worker," Donovan, now the coach of the Chicago Bulls, said in a statement. "He can really relate to people. He's got a great way about him to be able to talk and communicate with people at a great level and people love being around him."

Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier said he was impressed with Burno during the hiring search. He also felt his knowledge of the Chicago area was important with the Huskies' campus in DeKalb located roughly an hour to the west.

"When we started this process, it was about the right fit and matching up with our core values at NIU," Frazier said in a statement. "Rashon Burno brings significant experience within Illinois, Chicagoland and other basketball powerhouse regions. This is vital in growing the NIU basketball brand.

"I am extremely excited by his level of professionalism and overall basketball pedigree."

Burno was a point guard at DePaul from 1998-2002 and ranks sixth in school history with 439 career assists and third with 201 steals. He averaged 5.2 points over 120 games.

Northern Illinois (3-16 overall, 2-12 Mid-American Conference) completed its season with a 79-74 win at Central Michigan on Friday. The school fired 10th-year coach Mark Montgomery in early January after a 1-7 start and Lamar Chapman filled in as interim coach and went 2-9.

--Field Level Media

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