Courtney Burns enters her third season as head coach of the women's basketball program at Mitchell College in 2019-20.
Burns led Mitchell to 17-10 record last season, recording the most wins in a season in the program's Division III era. The Mariners finished with a 15-3 record in New England Collegiate Conference play and tied for first in the regular season standings, advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the second straight season. The program produced the NECC Rookie of the Year as well as three all-conference honorees, and for her efforts Burns was tabbed NECC Coach of the Year.
A native of Rockland, Mass., Burns has coaching experience at both the NCAA Division II and III levels. Prior to joining the Mariners she served as an assistant coach at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. She also spent time as an assistant at both Southern Connecticut State University and Johnson & Wales University.
Burns was named to the SNHU women's basketball staff in the summer of 2015. For two seasons she assisted in all facets of the program, serving as offensive coordinator and focusing on guard development. As offensive coordinator she was charged with implementing the read and react offense, and she was also responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, and film breakdown and exchange.
Prior to SNHU, Burns served a season as an assistant coach at Southern Connecticut in 2014-15. At the time she was the youngest assistant in the Northeast-10 Conference, and she helped lead the Owls to the fifth-best league record despite being selected last (15th) in the preseason polls. She spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at Johnson & Wales, working with guards and post players and helping the Wildcats to their first postseason win since 2009.
Burns joined the coaching ranks after a four-year playing career at Rhode Island College. A captain in her final two seasons, she played in 103 career games and averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. During her four years the Anchorwomen won 77 games and enjoyed a pair of 20-win seasons, including a 2011-12 campaign (25-4 overall) in which the program won its first-ever Little East Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following college, Burns continued her playing career with a stint with the Brockton Lady Thunder. She also represented the United States in a four-game tour of Italy with American International Sports.
In addition to coaching, Burns has a background in strength and conditioning. She assisted in the creation of a strength and conditioning program while at JWU, and as a student at RIC she served as the women's basketball strength and conditioning coordinator. She currently serves as a youth strength and conditioning coach at Gutcheck in Rockland, Mass.
Burns graduated from RIC in 2014 with a degree in mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Master's in sports management at SNHU.