STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – The Georgia Southern men’s basketball team has found its next head coach. The Eagles announced the hiring of former Texas Tech assistant coach Brian Burg Sunday afternoon.
Burg marks the first big hire for new Georgia Southern Athletics Director Jared Benko. “Brian’s commitment to the comprehensive development of our student-athletes on-and-off the court resonated with the search committee,” Benko said in a release. “As we spoke to some of the best and brightest college basketball minds in the country, his name continued to come up time and again.”
Burg brings championship experience and a familiarity of the Sun Belt Conference to the table. In his first year as the Red Raiders assistant coach, Burg helped Texas Tech make the 2019 NCAA National Championship. Before accepting the job at Texas Tech, Burg was on Little Rock’s staff when the Trojans won the 2015-16 Sun Belt Championship and went to the NCAA Tournament with North Carolina Central in 2014.
“This is a dream come true,” Burg said. “I’m proud to use the term ‘blue collar’ as it’s the perfect description of the culture that we’ve worked so hard to instill here in Lubbock, and I can’t wait to bring that same work ethic to Statesboro. I’m excited to share my vision and work relentlessly to build a similar culture at Georgia Southern.”
In the past six seasons, Burg has worked for programs that have gone 157-49 and taken four trips to the NCAA tournament. He inherits a Georgia Southern program that is looking for its first ticket to March Madness since 1992. The Eagles are coming off a 20-13 year — including two wins in Atlanta over rival Georgia State.
“Brian Burg is a home run hire. His ascension in the coaching ranks is well earned,” North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton said. “He has garnered the respect of coaches on every level due to his relentless work ethic, tireless recruiting and ability to foster relationships. Georgia Southern is not only getting a winner but a champion in all facets of the program.”
News of Burg’s hire comes eight days after former Eagles’ coach Mark Byington left the job for the head coaching position at James Madison.