Dennis Erickson Names Greg Burns Cornerbacks Coach

Jan. 21, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - Greg Burns has been named Arizona State University's cornerbacks coach, head coach Dennis Erickson announced Monday. Burns comes to Arizona State from Kansas State, where he spent the 2007 season as the Wildcat's secondary coach.

Burns has found success at many levels during his coaching career, spending 2006 as the defensive backs coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coaching the secondary at USC under Pete Carroll for four years (2002-05). Burns also coached for four seasons at Louisville(1998-2001) as well as one season at Idaho (1997).

'We are very excited to be able to welcome Greg Burns to our staff,'said head coach Dennis Erickson. 'He has coached a lot of great players at both the collegiate and professional level and he has experience as both a coach and a player in the Pac-10 Conference. He is a fantastic recruiter as well.'

In his 10 seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, Burns has been a part of eight bowl teams, including four BCS bowls, and won national championships in 2003 and 2004 while at USC.

During his time at Southern California, Burns developed a reputation as one of the brightest young secondary coaches in the country and mentored a number of stand-out performers, including All-American safeties Troy Polamalu (2002) and Darnell Bing (2005). He also coached first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference cornerback Will Poole in 2003. Burns also produced six All-Conference USA cornerbacks during his tenure at Louisville, including first-teamers Anthony Floyd (2000 and 2001) and Antonio Roundtree (1998). Burns also coached All-Pro cornerback Ronde Barber while with the Buccaneers.

Burns was a four-year letterwinner (1991-93, 1995) at Washington State, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington State in 1995 and his master's from Washington State in 1997.

Spring football practice for Arizona State begins March 25 at the Kajikawa Practice Facility in Tempe.

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