Greg Burns Named USC Assistant Football Coach

Feb. 26, 2002

LOS ANGELES - Greg Burns, an assistant football coach at Louisville the past four years, has been named an assistant at USC in charge of the secondary, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Burns, 29, handled the cornerbacks for the Cardinals from 1998 to 2001. Louisville was 18th nationally in pass efficiency defense and had 20 interceptions in 2001 (the team went 11-2 and beat BYU in the Liberty Bowl). In 2000, Louisville led the nation in interceptions (27) and was 20th in pass efficiency defense. In 1998, Cardinal cornerback Antonio Roundtree earned All-Conference USA first team honors. Louisville also played in the 1998 Motor City Bowl, 1999 Humanitarian Bowl and 2000 Liberty Bowl.

He was the secondary coach at Idaho in 1997, as the Vandals intercepted 13 passes.

He spent 1996 working at Washington State as an academic counselor and graduate assistant to the athletic director.

He was a four-year letterman (1991-93, 1995) and 2-year starter as a defensive back at Washington State, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors in 1992. The 1992 Cougar squad won the Copper Bowl. He ranks eighth on WSU's career interception list with 9 (his 5 picks in 1992-including 2 against USC--is tied for seventh on the school's season chart). He won WSU's Laurie Niemi Award in 1995 (for the senior exhibiting courage, spirit and positive attitude). He missed the 1994 season with torn ligaments in his knee and his 1995 season was cut short because of a shoulder injury.

He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1995 and a master's degree in counseling psychology in 1997, both from Washington State.

He was on the football and track teams at Dorsey High in Los Angeles, Calif.

Born Nov. 9, 1972, he is single.

His brother, Dexter, was a defensive back at San Jose State in the mid-1990s.

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