BALTIMORE, Md. – Coppin State University President Dr. Maria Thompson has announced the hiring of DeWayne Burroughs as the head women’s basketball coach. Burroughs, a Coppin State alum, comes from the University of the District of Columbia where he served as the head women’s basketball coach last season and previously as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UDC since 2011.
Burroughs guided his 2015-16 UDC Firebirds to a 21-9 overall record. The squad earned their fourth 20-plus win season and made their fourth appearance in the ECC semifinals both in the last five years. They were ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II East Region poll entering the tournament.
During his four-year tenure as an assistant coach, Burroughs helped the Firebirds reach three NCAA Tournaments (2012, 2014 and 2015), win the program’s first East Coast Conference Tournament Championship (2014) and its first ECC Regular Season Championship (2015), as well as set school single-season records for wins (25) and consecutive wins (14). In 2014-15, the Firebirds were ranked as high as No. 18 and finished No. 22 in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
Burroughs' previous college coaching stops were Chesapeake College and Bowie State University. While at Bowie State, Burroughs served as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator. He helped guide BSU to two 9th-place Atlantic Region rankings, two Eastern Division titles and two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Finals appearances.
Before advancing to the college level, Burroughs served as head coach at Woodlawn High School, St. Paul School for Girls, and Northwestern High School. He compiled a high school coaching record of 143-40. While at Woodlawn High School, Burroughs won four Baltimore County Championships and three Regional Championships, and earned one State Semi-final appearance and two State Final appearances.
Burroughs also served as an AAU coach for Maryland Freeplay from 1991-2006. He produced numerous student-athletes that went on to very successful playing careers and are now coaching on the high school and collegiate levels.