Former Olivet head coach joins women’s basketball staff for the 2016-17 season
Prior to joining Oakland, Burford spent six seasons as the head coach of the women’s basketball program at Olivet College leading the Comets to a 74-74 overall record and four consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament berths. She also served as an assistant coach for three years prior to the promotion.
In 2013-14, Burford guided the Comets to a 22-4 overall record setting a single-season school record for wins including a second place MIAA finish with a program best 14-2 mark. In addition, Olivet was ranked 18th and 19th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll for the first time in school history. The Comets also hosted a MIAA women's basketball tournament game for the first time in program history.
Prior to joining the Olivet staff, Burford was an assistant women’s basketball coach and instructor of physical education at Kalamazoo College for in 2005-07.
Her basketball background also includes serving as a coach and counselor for summer camps at Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan State University, Oberlin (Ohio) College, University of Tennessee and University of Virginia.
Burford is a member of the Black Coaches Association, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Basketball Coaches of Michigan.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Burford earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin in 2005 and master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2007.
As a student-athlete at Oberlin, Burford was a three-year basketball letter winner and 2005 second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection ranking among the conference leaders in minutes played, assists, rebounding and scoring. She also earned All-NCAC track and field honors in 2005 as a part of the second-place 4x100-meter relay team.