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Burns Appointed Secretary Of WBCA Executive Committee

Head coach Beth Burns (left) will serve as the secretary of the WBCA executive committee for 2011-12.
Head coach Beth Burns (left) will serve as the secretary of the WBCA executive committee for 2011-12.

July 27, 2011

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State head coach Beth Burns has been appointed as the secretary of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors' Executive Committee, the WBCA announced this week. Burns previously served as a Division I at-large representative on the organization's 23-member board the last two years.

"It is an exciting time of challenges and change in our sport," Burns said. "I am honored to represent my peers and serve on the WBCA Executive Board."

Burns was tabbed to the new position by current WBCA president and Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne. Burns will be completing the final year of the three-year term of former secretary and Notre Dame associate head coach Carol Owens, who moved to a new position on the board as the representative for the Black Coaches & Administrators.

As WBCA secretary, Burns keeps track of the board's documents and records, ensures accuracy of meeting minutes and keeps the board posted on meeting dates and times. She also would assume the duties of the WBCA president in the absence of the board president and vice president.

Last summer, she was reelected to what would have been a three-year term on the Board of Directors as a Division I at-large representative. In 2009, she finished the final year of Thorne's term when Thorne was named the organization's vice president.

Burns is an active member of the WBCA, serving as a committee member in 2008-09 for the Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award, which that year was given to the late Kay Yow. She also has been a part of the voting panel for the WBCA/USA Today Coaches Top 25 national weekly poll.

The WBCA Board of Directors includes representatives from the high school, collegiate and professional levels. It develops policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of the organization. The board also monitors the organization's financial health, programs and overall performance and provides the chief executive officer with the resources to meet the needs of those the organization serves.

Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit

Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2011-12 Executive Committee
President, Charli Turner Thorne, Head Coach, Arizona State
Vice President, Sue Semrau, Head Coach, Florida State
Secretary, Beth Burns, Head Coach, San Diego State
Treasurer, Coquese Washington, Head Coach, Penn State
Committee on Basketball Issues Chair, Connie Hurlbut, Senior Associate Commissioner, Western Athletic Conference
Past President, Geno Auriemma, Head Coach, Connecticut