Billy Donovan adds Rashon Burno to Florida staff
Florida coach Billy Donovan has announced the hiring of Manhattan College assistant Rashon Burno to the Gators' coaching staff. Burno replaces former Gator coach Norm Roberts, who left the staff last week to take a job as an assistant at Kansas.
“He’s a great worker and a high-character guy,” Donovan said. “He’s almost at a point now where he has a chance to grow into something special. He probably has some things he’ll need to learn and grow, but he’s got a great upside. And he’s really invested into our program because of the opportunity being given him.”
Burno joins the Gators after spending the 2011-12 season at Manhattan College, where he was an assistant under first-year head coach Steve Masiello - leading a team that finished 21-13 and earned a postseason win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The record was a 15-win turnaround from the previous season.
Burno was a three-year team captain at DePaul who played for the Blue Demons from 1998-2002. He later worked under his former head coach Pat Kennedy as an assistant coach at Towson University in 2010-11. He began his coaching career as head coach at Marmion Academy in Chicago from 2007-10, while also serving as an economics and physical education teacher.
“This is a golden opportunity for me to come in and learn the business from a future Hall-of-Fame coach,” Burno said. “How many guys can say that? It’s a blessing.”