UTC Introduces Katie Burrows as New Women’s Head Basketball Coach
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Ten years ago Katie Burrows was content coaching high school basketball.
Friday she was replacing a legendary college coach.
Burrows was introduced as the Mocs new women’s head basketball coach, replacing Hall of Famer Jim Foster.
Burrows is a former Mocs player and assistant coach, and now she’s ready for her first college head coaching job at school and community she loves dearly.
UTC conducted a national search for their women’s head coaching job, and Mocs Athletic Director Mark Wharton said Katie Burrows blew it away during the interview process.
Said Wharton: “Just imagine the group. We had eight coaches there, and they were big time. They’re going to win a bunch of games somewhere else, but we got the best one.”
Said Burrows: “And I do know that I earned it, and it wasn’t just given to me. I would have believed that regardless, but now there’s no question.”
Said Burrows: “When Mark promoted me to interim. I refused to park in the head coaches spot. I refused to move offices. I said this is not for the interim head coach. This is for the head coach, and I have to earn that. And uh. I still haven’t moved. I did park in the spot for the first time the other day. (laughter) Which was fun.”
Perks for a head coach are nice, but earning respect as a new head coach is even better.
Said Burrows: “I guess you always have in the back of your mind the acceptance. Will the players accept the way that we kind of transition a little bit. I don’t know that that will be a problem.You always kind of overthink things when you step into a leadership role.”
Said Mocs guard Lakelyn Bouldin:”And I’m excited for our program. I know that she is going to do a good job. She really knows us as players and as people as well. We know her on a personal level, so I think it’s going to be better and a lot easier on us.”
Basketball has been Burrows life. Her father Joe was a long-time coach at Lookout Valley, and her sister Kristen also coaches at Lookout Valley.
Said Burrows: “Not everybody knows that my sister was my dad’s assistant coach when I played. That was rough. (chuckles) We talked about it. We laughed about it. It was hard to take criticism from her, and we used to butt heads constantly. Now we are best friends. I took her with me to Hilton Head this week, so we had a good time.”