Chris Burgess Makes It Official With Utah Basketball

Apr 19, 2022, 12:36 PM
Chris Burgess - BYU Basketball...
Newly hired Brigham Young University basketball assistant coach Chris Burgess speaks at a press conference at the Marriott Center Annex in Provo on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY- A week after news broke former player turned coach, Chris Burgess would be heading back to the Utes, he made it official with Utah basketball.

β€œWe are thrilled to announce that Chris Burgess will be returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the Runnin’ Utes,” head coach Craig Smith said. “He is a fantastic coach, great recruiter and an excellent teacher. Chris is a relationship person – a connector. We are excited to welcome Chris and his family back to the University of Utah.”


Homecoming History

After spending the past three seasons in Provo with BYU basketball, Burgess is heading north to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Burgess will bring the Utes seven years of coaching experience between his time with the Cougars and at Utah Valley University.

Before diving into coaching, Burgess spent time in the NBA and playing abroad from 2002-2013.

Initially Burgess started his college career under coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, but transferred to Utah in 2000 under head coach Rick Majerus. During Burgess’ time with the Blue Devils the team made the Elite Eight and the National Championship. Unfortunately, Burgess’ time with the Utes wasn’t as noteworthy due to injuries.

What Burgess Brings

Aside from coaching experience, Burgess brings an extensive network and respected name. With contacts statewide, nationally, and internationally, Burgess should help open up recruiting options for the Utes.

Utah appears to be benefitting immediately from Burgess returning home as they received a commitment shortly after the announcement from center Keba Keita of Wasatch Academy.

Perhaps most importantly of all, Burgess should be able to help restore the winning culture of Utah basketball, having been a part of it as a player years ago. Having an understanding of the history and sense of pride that comes with being a Runnin’ Ute will be an important component of head coach Craig Smith’s rebuild.


  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Beats Oregon State On The Road In Overtime

The No. 7 Utah women's basketball team beat Oregon State on the road in overtime, 75-73. A trip to the line for Alissa Pili ultimately sealed the deal for the Utes.
1 day ago
Utah Gymnastics - Red Rocks - UCLA Bruins...
Michelle Bodkin

Red Rocks ‘Take Our Breath Away’ On Top Gun Night Against UCLA

The No. 4 Red Rocks flew right into the "danger zone" and "took our breath away" on Top Gun Night at the Huntsman Center against No. 5 UCLA.
1 day ago
Michelle Bodkin

Inconsistency On Offense Earns Utah Second-Straight Loss

Inconsistency on offense without their second-leading scorer in Gabe Madsen earned Utah their second straight loss.
2 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Tyler Huntley Helps AFC Take Early Lead Over Fred Warner, NFC At Pro Bowl Games

Former Utah QB Tyler Huntley helped the AFC take an early lead over former BYU LB Fred Warner and the NFC at the Pro Bowl Games.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Guard Gabe Madsen Out 4-6 Weeks With Lower Leg Injury

Utah basketball announced guard Gabe Madsen is out for the game and likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a lower leg injury.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Players Earning Post-Season Award Buzz

Utah women's basketball is so good in 2023 that two of their players have earned post-season award buzz as the regular season winds down.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Chris Burgess Makes It Official With Utah Basketball