Burgin resigns

CU assistant women's basketball coach <b>Ron Burgin</b> has resigned from his position, head coach <b>Ceal Barry</b> announced Tuesday. Burgin will pursue head coaching opportunities. Prior to joining Barry's staff last year, Burgin was the head coach at ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch. At CU, he worked closely with the post players, but his departure could impact more than on-the-court teaching.

"I want to thank Coach Barry for the opportunity to work with her and such a great program," Burgin said in a released statement. "It was a really good learning experience for me."

Graduating center Tera Bjorklund credited Burgin with helping improve her play in the low post this past season.

However, the significance of Burgin's departure could be greater than his work with the centers. In just his first season at Colorado, Burgin made an impact on the recruiting trail, signing 6-4 Kara Richards of Graham, Texas, out from under Big 12 South power Texas Tech. Richards was the Texas Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior, and is expected to compete for a starting spot as a true freshman at CU in the fall.

Another potential Colorado recruit has close ties to Burgin, as well. Burgin coached the Waner sisters, Emily and Abby, at ThunderRidge. Emily will be a sophomore starting point guard in the fall for the Buffs, and Abby will be one of the most sought-after high school players as she enters her senior year at ThunderRidge in the coming months.

Abby Waner, a two-guard and a prolific scorer, led ThunderRidge to the team's second-consecutive state title this past season as a junior. She has an offer list from a who's who among the elite in women's college basketball, and has made at least one unofficial visit to UConn, who is playing Tennessee for the national title Tuesday. Of course, she's been around the Colorado program plenty, especially since her sister joined the team this past year.

Barry is attending the NCAA Women's Championship in New Orleans and couldn't be reached for comment. However, in a released statement she said, "We appreciate Coach Burgin's contributions to our program and wish him the best of luck in his future basketball coaching endeavors."


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