Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan did not wait long to fill the hole on his coaching staff, hiring Rashon Burno to serve as his new assistant coach.
“I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. I’m everything someone would be in a position like this,” Burno said in a team statement.
A standout point guard at DePaul during his playing days and the only three-time captain in school history, Burno finished his career ranked third in steals (201). After a short stint away from basketball, Burno joined the coaching profession when he was hired as the head coach of Marmion Academy High School, a position he served in for three years.
His first college job came at Towson in 2010 under former DePaul head coach Pat Kennedy, but Kennedy resigned following the 2011 season and Burno moved on to Manhattan where he served as an assistant this past season.
Donovan is connected to Burno through St. Anthony’s High School (Jersey City, NJ) head coach Bob Hurley, a close friend of the Gators coach. Burno was the starting point guard for Hurley’s back-to-back national championship teams in 1996 and 1997.
“He’s a great worker and a high-character guy,” Donovan said in a statement. “He’s almost at a point now where he has a chance to grow into something special. He probably has some things he’ll need to learn and grow, but he’s got a great upside. And he’s really invested into our program because of the opportunity being given him.”
Florida redshirt junior guard Mike Rosario also graduated from St. Anthony’s, leading Hurley’s team to a 32-0 record in 2008.
Burno is the fourth assistant coach and fifth major staff member that Donovan has hired in the last two seasons. A vacancy became open for an assistant when Norm Roberts left Florida for Kansas earlier in the week.