Greg Burns
Greg Burns

Defensive Backs Coach

1st Season at UMass

Alma Mater:
Washington State '95

Greg Burns, a 16-year coaching veteran in the NCAA and NFL ranks, was named as the defensive backs coach during the Spring 2013 as announced by head coach Charley Molnar.

The 2013 season will mark Burns' 17th as a football coach, with stops at Purdue, Arizona State, Kansas State, USC, Louisville and in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to his credit. He has coached in 10 bowl games, including four BCS Bowls, and was part of USC's back-to-back National Championship-winning coaching staff in 2003 and 2004.

Last season with Purdue, three of the Boilermakers' five players named to Big 10 All-Conference teams came from Burns' secondary. During his tenure, he has coached notables such as Troy Polamalu, Darnel Bing, Antonio Roundtree and Ronde Barber.

Burns joined the Purdue staff after spending the previous four seasons (2008-11) as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona State. The Sun Devils led the then-Pac-10 and finished among the nation's top units in rushing, passing and total defense in 2009.

Prior to ASU, Burns spent the 2007 season as secondary coach at Kansas State under defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar.

Burns has found success at many levels during his coaching career, spending 2006 as the defensive backs coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coaching the secondary at USC under Pete Carroll for four years (2002-05). Burns also coached for four seasons at Louisville (1998-2001) as well as one season at Idaho (1997).

During his time at Southern California, Burns developed a reputation as one of the brightest young secondary coaches in the country and mentored a number of stand-out performers, including All-American safeties Troy Polamalu (2002) and Darnell Bing (2005). He also coached first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference cornerback Will Poole in 2003. Burns also produced six All-Conference USA cornerbacks during his tenure at Louisville, including first-teamers Anthony Floyd (2000 and 2001) and Antonio Roundtree (1998). Burns also coached All-Pro cornerback Ronde Barber while with the Buccaneers.

Burns was a four-year letterwinner (1991-93, 1995) at Washington State, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington State in 1995 and his master's from Washington State in 1997.

He and his wife Crystal have three sons, Cristopher, Carter and Cooper.


Year Team Position W-L Postseason Note
1997 Idaho Defensive Backs Coach 5-6 -
1998 Louisville Cornerbacks Coach 7-5 Motor City Bowl
1999 Louisville Cornerbacks Coach 7-5 Humanitarian Bowl
2000 Louisville Cornerbacks Coach 9-3 Liberty Bowl
2001 Louisville Cornerbacks Coach 11-2 Liberty Bowl
2002 USC Defensive Backs Coach 11-2 Orange Bowl
2003 USC Defensive Backs Coach 12-1 Rose Bowl
2004 USC Defensive Backs Coach 11-0 Orange Bowl
2005 USC Defensive Backs Coach 12-1 Rose Bowl
2006 Tampa Bay (NFL) Defensive Backs Coach 9-7 -
2007 Kansas State Defensive Backs Coach 5-7 -
2008 Arizona State Cornerbacks Coach 5-7 -
2009 Arizona State Cornerbacks Coach 4-8 -
2010 Arizona State Cornerbacks Coach 6-6 -
2011 Arizona State Cornerbacks Coach 6-7 MAACO Bowl
2012 Purdue Cornerbacks Coach 6-7 Heart of Dallas Bowl
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