ROCHESTER, Mich. – Nicole Burford has joined the Oakland women’s basketball coaching staff announced head coach Jeff Tungate on Friday.
"I am really excited to bring Nicole to our staff. She brings great enthusiasm, a passion for the game and successful head coaching experience,” said Tungate. “She is a person of high character that will relate well with our team who came highly recommended from some very close friends of mine in this profession. She also has attended several practices of ours in recent years which always impressed me with her desire to learn and grow as a coach.”
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.
“I am beyond excited to begin this new journey here at Oakland University,” said Burford. “Coach Tungate and his staff have worked hard over the last few years to build something special and I am grateful for the opportunity he has given me to not only be a part of the program, but also the OU community. I look forward to diving right in.”
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.