In his first significant move as head coach of the men’s basketball team, Patrick Chambers added Philadelphia native and Navy assistant Eugene Burroughs to the staff today.
This move makes sense for several reasons. First, Burroughs has been an assistant on coaching staffs all over the Northeast. Prior to his stint at Navy (MD) from 2004-11, Burroughs was an assistant at Marist (NY) from 2000-04, Hofstra (NY) from 1997-2000, and American University (DC) from 1996-97.
While at Hofstra, Burroughs was an assistant for Villanova coach Jay Wright. Like Chambers, Burroughs has the pedigree of Jay Wright, which isn’t a bad thing.
Burroughs graduated from Richmond in 1994 where he played point guard for the Spiders. He left as the 6th all time steals (127) and assists (316) man in Richmond history. Due to his playing experience at Richmond, Burroughs has developed successful guard play as an assistant – he produced three All-Patriot League guards at Navy.
Chambers’ first hire seems to be a solid one that makes a lot of sense. Burroughs is a Philly/Northeast guy, he has a Jay Wright pedigree and has a specialty: guards.
Its also interesting to note that Ed DeChellis’ move to Navy might have had something to do with the hire.