Mount St. Mary's tabs Burke as new hoops coach

Silver Spring native has worked as assistant at American, Georgetown, UMBC

May 07, 2010

Mount St. Mary's has hired Rob Burke as its new men's basketball coach, the university announced Thursday.

Burke comes to Emmitsburg from Washington, where he spent the past season as an assistant at American. Before coaching the Eagles, Burke was an assistant coach at Georgetown for five seasons, including during the Hoyas' run to the 2007 Final Four.

A native Marylander, Burke grew up in Silver Spring and starred at Gonzaga College High School in Washington before moving onto Haverford College, where he was an MVP and team captain. His first college coaching job came at UMBC, where he served as an assistant from 1984 to 1988. He later coached at Princeton, Siena and Loyola Marymount.

Mount St. Mary's will formally introduce Burke at a news conference Monday at 2 p.m. Burke will be the 20th head coach in Mountaineers history. He replaces Milan Brown, who took the Holy Cross job last month.

Spalding guard picks Commodores

Archbishop Spalding junior Maggie Morrison has orally committed to play basketball for Vanderbilt beginning in 2011-12. Morrison chose the Nashville, Tenn., university over 52 other programs, including Kansas State, Nebraska, James Madison, Delaware, Drexel, Richmond and Liberty,

"They play just like I do," she said. "They like to push the tempo, but at the same time, they can slow it down, run an offense, run plays and they all play tough. They all play hard the entire time. I talked to some of the girls and they all say, 'We're willing to work. We want to compete for a national championship.' They want to do well and that's something that appeals to me too."

A multi-talented 5-foot-8 All-Metro guard, Morrison averaged 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals for the No. 2 Cavaliers, who were runners-up in the IAAM A Conference this winter. A strong shooter with 3-point range, Morrison was the court leader for the Cavaliers.

Panthers guard headed to Marshall

St. Frances senior shooting guard Dante Holmes has signed a letter of intent with Marshall. New Thundering Herd coach Tom Herrion — a former Pittsburgh assistant — made Holmes, a second-team All-Metro selection, a top priority from the start.

"We did an official visit over the weekend, and it was one of those things where some schools started calling like Boston College, Iowa State," said Carlos Green, a St. Frances assistant and Holmes' uncle. "But Marshall just ... wanted him really bad. They were real consistent in his recruitment. The head coach, as soon as he got the job, he called the next day. He wanted to come and see Dante. The assistant coach was consistent in calling and it was just a real good fit."

Ex-Arundel star chooses Bulls

Auraum Nuiriankh graduated from Arundel in 2009 with no Division I scholarship offers for basketball. After spending the past year at Charis Prep, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard had several mid-major schools to consider. Earlier this week, Nuiriankh committed to Buffalo over Tulane.

"It's a family atmosphere and they're a winning program," Nuiriankh said of the Bulls. "Tulane was 8-22 last year, so it was a rebuilding process. I want the chance to go to the NCAA tournament and everything like that. [Buffalo] won 18 games last year. They were pretty good and had a chance at a couple postseason tournaments. They had a chance at the CBI and the NIT."

Baltimore Sun reporters Katherine Dunn and Matt Bracken contributed to this article.

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