UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Add Karlie Burris As Assistant Coach



Karlie Burris will be joining the UNLV women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, Lady Rebel head coach Lindy La Rocque announced Monday. Burris, who has nine years experience as a Division I assistant coach on the West Coast, will be filling the spot of former assistant coach Nneka Enemkpali.

“We are thrilled to add Karlie to our Lady Rebel family!,” said La Rocque. She is a tremendous person that is genuine, thoughtful, and loyal. She will be able to immediately connect with our young women and have a great impact on their lives. She is an experienced coach with lots of recruiting ties up and down the West Coast that we are excited to tap into.”

Burris has served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at three different schools since the 2012-13 season, and helped recruit a Big West Player of the Year, a Lisa Leslie Award Watch List player, two Big Sky Freshmen of the Year, along with a mid-major All-American.

Most recently, Burris served as the lead assistant coach, defensive coordinator and recruiter for Utah State during the 2020-21 season. She came to the Aggies program after a three-year stretch at Cal State Fullerton (2017-20), where she recruited Raina Perez, the 2019-20 Big West Player of the Year. She again led the defensive coaching as well as oversaw all facets of the recruiting by the Titans.

Burris’ first assistant job was with Northern Arizona, where she served on the staff from 2012-17. In the four total recruiting classes she oversaw, she helped bring in two Big Sky Freshmen of the Year. She came to NAU from Seattle University where she served as a graduate assistant video coordinator with the Redhawks for the 2011-12 season. During her time at Seattle U, she also was an assistant coach at Rex Putnam High in Milwaukie, Oregon.

A four-year player for the University of Portland, Burris was West Coast Conference honorable mention both her junior and senior years. She also claimed WCC All-Academic accolades during her time with the Pilots. She would earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology in May of 2009 from Portland, and then received her master’s degree in sports administration and leadership from Seattle U in June of 2012.

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UNLV WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Add Karlie Burris As Assistant Coach