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2015-16 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Kevin Burton
Head Coach - 4th Season

 

  • Kevin Burton enters his fourth season as head coach of the Union College men's basketball program in 2015-16. Burton was named the 19th head coach of the Bulldog basketball program on May 15, 2012.
  • In 2014-15, Burton was able to duplicate unprecedented success from a season before, and then some, as the Bulldogs advanced all the way to the “Sweet 16” of the NAIA Division II National Championship.
  • In all, Burton led Union to a 30-5 overall mark in 2014-15, the best in the history of the program, and the first time a Union team had hit the 30-win plateau in the 67-year history of the Bulldog program.
  • Throughout the course of the year, Union reeled off a program best 21-game winning streak, which was the longest in all of NAIA Division II.
  • At the end of the year, Union finished 11th in the final NAIA Division II Coaches’ Poll, the highest the Bulldogs have ever placed in the ranking to date.
  • By the end of the season, Union had coasted to their second straight Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season title after posting a 17-1 record in league play, en route to their second consecutive AAC Tournament Championship.
  • For his efforts, Burton was named the AAC’s Coach of the Year for the second straight year, marking the third time in his career that he has earned a conference’s Coach of the Year award.
  • At the NAIA Division II National Championship, the Bulldogs made even more history in the First Round, defeating Northwestern Ohio 64-58 to earn Union’s first win all-time in National Tournament play. Union had been 0-3 in three previous trips to the national stage before taking a victory.
  • Burton coached several players to various individual honors throughout the course of the 14-15 season. Forward Deante Johnson earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors for the second straight season, and led a group of four players who nabbed AAC All-Conference honors. Three players also earned AAC All-Defensive Team honors, paced by Gerrard Newby, who was named the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
  • With the results from the 2014-15 season, Burton's overall record at Union sits at 73-24, which puts him in a tie for seventh all-time in most head coaching victories in program history.
  • In ten seasons at four-year institutions is 212-99. In 13 overall seasons as a head coach, his record sits at 292-142.
  • Burton took the Bulldogs to then unprecedented heights in 2013-14, as the Bulldogs ended the season with a 28-5 overall record, setting the then program record for wins in a season in the process.
  • Throughout the course of the year, Union went on a 13-game winning streak, the longest in program history, and went 16-2 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play to capture Union's first regular season conference title on any kind since 1972.
  • The Bulldogs capped the season off by winning the 2014 AAC Tournament, the program's second AAC Tournament title all-time, clinching a spot in the NAIA Division II National Tournament in the process, the third such time in program history that the Bulldogs reached the NAIA's National stage.
  • For his efforts, Burton was named the 2013-14 AAC Coach of the Year, as the Bulldogs ended the season ranked 23rd in all of NAIA Division II.
  • In his first campaign as the head of the Bulldog program in 2012-13, Burton led a vastly improved Union squad that finished the year 15-14 after going 8-23 during the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs improved in nearly every statistical category on the year, finishing the Appalachian Athletic Conference season with an 8-8 mark (from 5-11 in 11-12).
  • Burton spent seven seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Lambuth (Tenn.) University before the institution closed due to financial issues. During his tenure with the Eagles, Burton compiled an overall record of 139-75, averaging just fewer than 20 wins per season.
  • In addition to the impressive win total, Burton's teams amassed a great deal of success at Lambuth. He had a team ranked in the top five of the NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll in three consecutive seasons, had the nation's top scoring team in 2008 (95.2 points per game) and ranked second two other times (92.0 ppg in 2007 and 91.0 ppg in 2010), and made three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2006.
  • Under his tutelage, Burton had nine players selected as NAIA All-Americans, 17 make the all-conference team and nine earn a spot on the all-academic team. He also coached two conference players of the year, two conference freshmen of the year and the 2007 Basketball Times National Player of the Year. In 2007-08, Burton led Lambuth to the TranSouth Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships as he was named the TranSouth Coach of the Year.
  • Burton is no stranger to the state of Kentucky. A native of Nicholasville, he graduated from Jessamine County High School before moving on to Asbury College, where he was a captain on its basketball team. In 1999, Burton received his masters from Eastern Kentucky University in sports administration. He became the head men's basketball coach at St. Catharine College in 2000, coaching the then-junior college for four seasons before moving on to Lambuth.

    Kevin Burton Year-by-Year

Year School Record Pct. Notes
2014-15 Union (Ky.) 30-5 .857 AAC Regular/Tournament Champions; NAIA Division II National Tournament "Sweet 16"; Finished No. 11 in Final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll

2013-14

Union (Ky.) 28-5 .848 AAC Regular/Tournament Champions; NAIA Division II National Tournament Selection; Finished No. 23 in Final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll
2012-13 Union (Ky.) 15-14 .517 Seven game improvement from previous season.
2010-11 Lambuth (Tenn.) 13-15 .464  
2009-10 Lambuth (Tenn.) 16-11 .593  
2008-09 Lambuth (Tenn.) 17-12 .586  
2007-08 Lambuth (Tenn.) 30-4 .882 TranSouth Regular Season/Conference Champions; NAIA Division I National Tournament "Sweet 16"
2006-07 Lambuth (Tenn.) 25-8 .758 NAIA Division I National Tournament Appearance
2005-06 Lambuth (Tenn.) 23-8 .742 NAIA Division I National Tournament Appearance
2004-05 Lambuth (Tenn.) 14-17 .452  

 

 
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Rusty Elmore
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

 

  • Rusty Elmore enters his second season as the head assistant coach in the Union men's basketball program in 2014-15, joining the athletic department last September.
  • Elmore came to Barbourville from Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), where he served as assistant coach from 2011-14 for the men's basketball program. While in Columbia, the Blue Raiders were one of the more successful programs in all of NAIA Division I, advancing to the NAIA National Championship Semifinals in 2013, on their way to a No. 3 ranking in the final NAIA Coaches' Poll.
  • With Elmore on staff, LWC won back-to-back Mid-South Conference Regular Season titles (2012 and 2013) and the tournament championship in 2013, as the program made two straight appearances at the NAIA Division I National Championship from 2012-13. In all, Elmore coached seven NABC Academic All-Americans at Lindsey Wilson, along with two NAIA All-Americans. 
  • Prior to getting into coaching, Elmore worked for eight years as media executive with WGN-TV in Chicago, the Chicago White Sox Radio Network, ABC Asheville, and NBC Atlanta 11Alive.
  • Elmore earned a bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State in Liberal Arts, then earned a Masters of Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. He is married to the former Katie Sheahan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. and the couple has one child, Elise.