When Dan Burt met with Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio and others on the school's search committee, he knew he had a shot at getting the school's vacant head coaching position.
Burt was dumbfounded, though, when at the end of the interview Amodio leaned forward and asked him, "Dan, are you ready to be the next women's basketball coach at Duquesne?"
"I thought maybe they were going to talk to a few other people and maybe on Monday they may call me if they didn't like someone else or something along those lines," Burt said. "I was absolutely, absolutely just shocked."
Burt was formally introduced as the Dukes' new head coach at a news conference on Duquesne's campus Monday. He took the job after spending the past six years as an assistant to former Duquesne coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, who left to take the head coaching job at Pitt earlier this month.
Burt originally went with McConnell-Serio to Pitt to serve as her recruiting coordinator, but told Amodio he was interested in the Duquesne job. Two weeks later, it was his.
"As the process continued to move forward and we talked to a lot of different people who were interested in this position, the search committee continued to come back pretty consistently to one name, and that was Dan Burt," Amodio said.
Over at Pitt, there were no hard feelings that Burt was going back to Duquesne after just two weeks in Oakland.
"I'm very happy for him to have this opportunity," McConnell-Serio said. "He's worked very hard for this and I think it's great for the players that it's a smooth transition for them."
Burt, 42, taking his first collegiate head coaching job, spoke Monday in front of a crowd of friends and family. He talked about growing up in Washington, Pa., playing basketball in his grandparents' barn and joked that his mother said he would never make a living in basketball.
"I said, 'You'll eat those words one day,' so we've got a nice big bottle of ketchup for mom tonight," he said with a smile.
Burt also was adamant that he did not plan on using the Duquesne job as a steppingstone to a more high-profile position.
"This is the last place that I will coach," he said.
The Dukes are coming off their fifth consecutive WNIT appearance, but have yet to take the next step and reach their first NCAA tournament. This year was the closest call, as they entered selection Sunday with a realistic hope to make the field, only to end the night disappointed.
Burt said he's ready to lead the program onto that next plateau.
"We are excited about where this program is going," he said. "Very simply, I've been given the keys to a Corvette. I have not been given the keys to a clunker. ... It's my responsibility to get us to that NCAA tournament."
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