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2014-15 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Kevin Burton
Head Coach - 3rd Season
Phone: 606.546.1705
Kevin Burton enters his third season as head coach of the Union College men's basketball program in 2014-15. Burton was named the 19th head coach of the Bulldog basketball program on May 15, 2012. 
 
Burton took the Bulldogs to unprecedented heights in 2013-14, leading the team to arguably their best season in program history. 
 
The Bulldogs ended the season with a 28-5 overall record, setting the 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. 
 
With the results from the 2013-14 season, Burton's overall record in nine seasons at four-year institutions is 182-94. In 13 overall seasons as a head coach, his record sits at 262-137.
 
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.
 
Burton is single and has a 5-year-old son, Grayson.
 
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Rusty Elmore
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 606.546.1758

Rusty Elmore enters his first season as the head assistant coach in the Union men's basketball program in 2014-15, joining the athletic department in September.

Elmore comes 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.