Basketball Coach Bob Burton Resigns From Cal State Fullerton

June 22, 2012

After nine seasons as head coach of the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team, Bob Burton has resigned from the program. 

“I really enjoyed my nine years at Cal State Fullerton and am really proud of what we were able to accomplish,” said Burton. “I'd like to thank all the coaches and players for helping me build the program, and I'd like to thank the fans who were so supportive."

A respected tactician on the sideline and a real gentleman off the court, Burton produced many exciting moments for Titan fans.

He also recruited some talented players during his tenure, such as gunner Josh Akognon and former NBA draft pick Pape Sow.

With a 155-122 record, Burton leaves with the most victories in the program’s 52-year history and with the second best winning percentage at .560.

Burton led the Titans to only their second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008, and had a 2-1 run in the NIT in 2005. Under his watch, Burton produced four of the program’s seven 20-win seasons.

“We would like to thank Coach Burton for his service to the basketball program and the university, and we wish him well,” said Director of Athletics Brian Quinn.

Associate Head Coach Andy Newman, who has been on Burton’s staff for nine years and associate head coach for five seasons, will become the program’s tenth head coach on an interim basis during the 2012-13 season.

“I’m also happy to see the program turned over to Andy Newman," said Burton. "It’s well-deserved, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with the opportunity.”

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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