“I’ve never lost,” said Bob Burton, who was recently named as the 9th men’s basketball head coach in Cal State Fullerton history. His record will attest to that, as stints at three colleges, one JC, and one high school have all resulted in winning records in each season of his thirty-plus years of coaching.
The energy, spirit, and good humor that Coach Burton will bring to the Cal State Fullerton campus will certainly captivate Titan fans. When asked about our laborious selection process, he replied “I thought it was the greatest hiring process in the history of the world… because I’m here!”
“I’m excited about the program, and keeping it in the direction that Donny Daniels had it going,” Burton said. But don’t look for Bob Burton to be a Donny Daniels clone. He prefers a very uptempo offense, similar to what Kansas runs, and prefers a man-to-man defense. His philosophy: “Take what the kids can do, and let them do it.”
Coach Burton most recently served as Ray Lopes’ number one assistant
at Fresno State, where in ‘02-’03 they compiled a 20-8 record, and
a WAC title, despite university-imposed sanctions due to violations that occurred
during Jerry Tarkanian’s tenure.
The enthusiastic and personable Burton is probably best known in basketball circles for his many years as head coach at West Valley Community College, where his overall record was an eye-popping 507-167.
At West Valley, Burton was conference coach of the year nine times, including the ‘01-’02 season. He was selected the California Community College Coach of the Year four times, and guided the Vikings to the finals of the California Community College State Tournament in 1991, 1995, and 1996.
Burton also served as an assistant coach at the University of Utah during the ‘86-’87 season, and helped to guide the Utes to a 19-10 record and an NIT bid. As a graduate student at Cal Poly SLO, Burton served as an assistant coach for one season. The Mustangs finished 15-10.
Coach Burton has a Masters degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1969), and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fresno State University (1968). His wife, Toni, is a school teacher.
Once he gets settled, the Titan Hoop Club will arrange a mixer so that members and Cal State Fullerton basketball fans will have an opportunity to meet Coach Burton.