Nebraska head coach Tim Miles has hired Florida assistant Rashon Burno to be an assistant on his staff according. Burno will take the place of assistant coach Chris Harriman, who departed for New Mexico.
"Rashon Burno is a heck of a hire for Tim Miles," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He's a diligent worker and a guy with strong recruiting ties, not only in the northeast, but also in the south, due to his time at Florida."
During three seasons with the Gators, Florida went 81-28, helping the Gators win back-to-back SEC Championships and a 2014 Final Four berth. Burno leaves after the departure of Florida head coach Billy Donovan to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Rashon is an outstanding coach, teacher and recruiter,” Donovan said. “Nebraska is getting an even better person. I will always be thankful for my time with Rashon, and I know he will be a great asset to Nebraska basketball.”
Burno, 36, was an assistant coach at Manhattan College before his time in Gainsville. He helped the Jaspers to a 21-13 record in 2011-12 – the team’s first season under head coach Steve Masiello – and a postseason win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“Rashon will be a tremendous addition to our already strong coaching staff,” Miles said in a release. “He is a high-level recruiter and a smart coach. As a former point guard, he will really help out working with our guard play. He is a connector with all people and a high-energy guy. He worked with an elite-level program with Coach Donovan at Florida and brings great experience at the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four appearance two years ago. Rashon also brings a life story that our players can relate to and that they can learn from.”Burno, a three-year team captain at DePaul who played for the Blue Demons from 1998 to 2002, reunited with his former head coach, Pat Kennedy, as an assistant coach at Towson University in 2010-11. Burno began his coaching career as head coach at Marmion Academy in the Chicago suburbs from 2007 to 2010, while also serving as an economics and physical education teacher.
During his playing career at DePaul, Burno started 58 games and helped the Blue Demons to two postseason appearances, advancing to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 National Invitational Tournament. He finished his career ranked third in DePaul history with 201 steals and was named to the 2001 Conference USA All-Tournament Team.
*** Parts of Nebraska's press release was included in this report. ***