2010-11 Women's Basketball Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU||1st Season|
|ALMA MATER||Valdosta '08|
Herman Burge, who joined the Eagles in summer of 2010, enters his second season as a member of the FGCU women’s basketball coaching staff.
In his first season on the bench for the Blue and Green, Burge helped lead the Eagles to an Atlantic Sun Conference regular season crown after posting a 28-4 overall record (17-3 A-Sun). FGCU, who earned an automatic bid to the WNIT, led the nation in three point field goals made per game, as Shannon Murphy picked up first team all-conference honors and Sarah Hansen was named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen squad.Burge came to FGCU after spending two seasons as an assistant at Mercer University. At Mercer, Burge handled scouting and recruiting efforts. In his second season, Burge helped lead the Bears to an 11-9 record in Atlantic Sun Conference play, which landed the team the No. 2 seed in the 2010 A-Sun Championships.
Working with Mercer’s guards, Burge had influence over 2010 A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Conference selection Courtney Ford and also a second team All-Atlantic Sun pick LaToya Jackson in 2008-09.
The Oklahoma City, Okla. native attended Oklahoma City University for his freshman and sophomore seasons, playing basketball for the Stars in 2003-05. In his second season at OCU, Burge helped lead the team to the second round of the NAIA Tournament.
Burge then transferred to Valdosta State (Ga.), where he spent two seasons with the Blazers. As a senior, Burge averaged 13.0 points and 2.9 rebounds, while also leading the Gulf South Conference in assists (6.3 per game, including 15 in a single contest) and free-throw percentage (87.6-percent). He also finished second in the league in steals (2.4 per game) and fifth in three-point percentage (44.6-percentage). For his efforts, Burge earned All-GSC first team honors in 2006-07.
Burge, a 2008 graduate of Valdosta State with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communications, and his wife Talescha now reside in Fort Myers.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT HERMAN BURGE:
“Coach Smesko has hired an outstanding assistant coach in Herman Burge. He will bring an uncanny passion for the game, a relentless work ethic and a contagious winning spirit. Herman will be a great addition to the championship tradition of the FGCU women's basketball program.”
- Janell Jones– Head Coach, Cal State Los Angeles (Former Mercer Head Coach)
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