Burt Named Assistant Women's Hoops Coach At Portland

May 2, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former Washington women's basketball standout Kayla Burt has been named an assistant coach for the University of Portland women's basketball program, Pilot head coach Jim Sollars announced Tuesday. Burt replaces former UW teammate Loree Payne who was as assistant coach at Portland for two years before being hired in the same capacity at Washington by newly appointed Husky head coach Tia Jackson, April 13.

'Kayla was a fine player and an inspiration to her team and to the entire Seattle area,' Sollars said. 'She has experience in every area that we need.'

'I am extremely excited for the opportunity to coach at the University of Portland,' said Burt. 'I hope to bring my passion for the game to the team.'

Burt, a four-year letterwinner, four-year co-captain and stellar long-range shooter for Washington from 2002-06, is fondly remembered by Husky fans for her courageous and inspirational comeback to basketball following a cardiac arrest suffered on New Year's Eve 2002 during her sophomore season. Announcing an early retirement, she served as a student assistant-coach for the Huskies during the year and a half long hiatus before returning to the team as an active player for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

As a redshirt-junior in 2004-05, Burt returned to the court to lead the Huskies in scoring (9.6 ppg), assists (2.9 apg), free-throw percentage (75.8) and free-throws made (69). That same year, Burt was the V Foundation Comeback Award winner and was a nominee for ESPN's ESPY Award for 'Best Comeback'. The UW women's basketball 'Most Inspirational Player Award' - which she received that season - was also given her namesake.

Unfortunately, Burt's career came to a final premature end in January 2006 due to her heart condition but she still finished her UW tenure as one of the top three-point shooters in school history. She still ranks 10th on Washington's all-time list for three-point field goal percentage (.349) and holds the Husky single-season record for three-point field goal percentage set as a sophomore in 2002-03 (.538). Also a standout student, she was a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree.

Burt earned her degree in communications from Washington in 2006 and spent the past year working for NIKE. She also worked as a color commentator for three Husky women's basketball games televised by Comcast last season.

A native of Arlington, Wash., Burt was a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-America selection, a USA Today honorable mention All-America selection and an adidas All-American while starring at Arlington High School. She set numerous career, season and single-game records for the Eagles, including career points (2,241) and three-point field goals (226).

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