Duquesne hires women's basketball coach

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Former Duquesne assistant Dan Burt was named the Dukes' new women's basketball coach, the school announced Saturday.

Burt will take over for Suzie McConnell-Serio, who left to take the Pitt head coaching job earlier this month.

Burt, a Washington, Pa., native, has spent the past six years as McConnell-Serio's top assistant. In that stretch, the Dukes made their first postseason appearance and earned five consecutive WNIT berths.

"Dan Burt is the perfect choice to lead our women's basketball program," Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said Saturday in a statement. "He has demonstrated a strong commitment to the university and our student-athletes. I expect the program to grow under his leadership and compete for the Atlantic 10 Conference championship annually. The addition of Dan ensures that everything is in place for the continued success of Duquesne women's basketball."

Before arriving at Duquesne, Burt served as an assistant coach at Bucknell, UNC Wilmington and West Virginia.

"I am very humbled and excited to be the next head coach for the Duquesne University women's basketball team," Burt said in a statement. "I have dreamed of this moment for the last 16 years and today that dream came true."

Burt will be formally introduced Monday at a news conference.


Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @SWernerPG.


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