Wallace State women’s basketball coach Ron Burdette has continued the Lady Lions’ cherished tradition since taking over the program during the 2011-12 season.
Burdette enters the 2016-17 season with a 114-50 record with the Lady Lions during his tenure, his sixth season at the helm. Burdette has earned Coach of the Year honors in all but one season with Wallace State, including being named the 2015 co-ACCC North Division Coach of the Year. Along with his 2015 recognition, Burdette was named the ACCC North Coach of the Year in both 2014 and 2013 and the 2012 ACCC Coach of the Year. His teams have finished conference tournament runner up four times (2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012) and third once (2014).
Burdette led Wallace State to the 2015 NJCAA Division I national tournament in Salina, Kan., where the Lady Lions advanced to the second round for the first time in program history. That wasn’t all Wallace State accomplished. The Lady Lions finished the 2014-15 campaign with 28-6 record, qualified for the national tournament as the ACCC/Region 22 runner-up (as an at-large zone bid qualifier) and earned the Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award for the first ever time at the national tournament.
Coach Burdette also earned his 100th career victory at Wallace State in the team’s national tournament triumph over Eastern Arizona.
Burdette, a former University of Alabama basketball walk-on, has been part of the Wallace State family for more than a decade, serving as an assistant coach under Larry Slater beginning in 2002, and playing a strong role in the program winning two state championships (2003, 2011). Burdette was also the men’s interim head coach during the 2004-05 campaign.
Burdette led Wallace State to an ACCC North Division championship during the 2013-14 season, which saw the Lady Lions compile a 27-5 record. Wallace State was a perfect 13-0 at home during the regular season, won 18 of 19 games at one point, made a conference-best 265 3-pointers and earned a top seed in the conference tournament.
Burdette, who lives in Cullman and holds a degree in marketing from Alabama, coached at Monrovia Middle School and Randolph High School in the 1990s, prior to his arrival at Wallace State.