Dick Bennett Hires Mike Burns and Ron Sanchez to Complete Coaching Staff

April 14, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University Head Men's Basketball Coach Dick Bennett announced the hiring of Mike Burns and Ron Sanchez as assistant coach and director of basketball operations, respectively, Monday.

'Mike is a man whose name kept coming up as we explored the coaching possibilities from the Pacific Northwest,' Bennett said. 'After interviewing him, we feel he clearly fits in with our approach.'

Burns come to WSU from Eastern Washington where he was the associate head coach. He helped guide the Eagles to an 18-13 mark this past season and the school's first berth in the NIT.

Born in Tacoma, Burns served as EWU's recruiting coordinator, coached perimeter players and was responsible for team defense. The Eagles yielded just 68.1 points per game and forced nearly 18 turnovers per outing.

Prior to EWU, Burns was an assistant at Central Washington (1996-99) and Stephen F. Austin (1999-2000). During his tenure at Central Washington, where he coordinated the defense, the Wildcats advanced to the NAIA Tournament quarterfinals (1997 and 1998) and earned a No. 1 ranking in the West Region during the 1998-99 campaign after moving to NCAA Division II.

A 1997 graduate of Central Washington, Burns earned a total of six letters in basketball, cross country and track and field at Tyee High School.

Ron Sanchez comes to the Palouse after spending the past two seasons as a volunteer coach at Indiana University. With the Hoosiers, Sanchez assisted with self and opponent scouting as well as film exchange. He worked closely with the administrative assistant and video coordinator during his time at Indiana, which included the Hoosiers national runner-up finish in 2002.

'Ron is a highly efficient, hard working individual who will assist us in the office as well as coordinate much of our scheduling, travel and camp operations,' Bennett said.

Sanchez graduated from State University of New York, College at Oneonta in 1997. He earned his master's from Indiana in athletic administration/sport management last summer.

Prior to Indiana, Sanchez was an associate head coach at Delhi College in New York from 1999-2001. In 2001, Delhi posted a 31-2 record, captured the Region III championship and placed fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championships.

A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Sanchez was named State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1996 and the Most Valuable Player award at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.

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