Former Iowa assistant Burmeister dies

Former Iowa assistant Burmeister dies

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Incarnate Word, coached by former Iowa assistant Ken Burmeister, sprung one of the biggest upsets of the 2014-15 college basketball season when it defeated Nebraska. Burmeister, a former Iowa assistant, died Tuesday.

Ken Burmeister, one of the assistant coaches on Iowa’s 1980 Final Four men’s basketball team, died Tuesday at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer.

Burmeister coached five seasons at Iowa under head coach Lute Olson (1979-83) and the Hawkeyes made the NCAA tournament all five years. In 1980, with Moline’s Jim Rosborough and Davenport’s Tony McAndrews serving as the other two full-time assistants, the Hawkeyes defeated VCU, N.C. State, Syracuse and Georgetown to reach the Final Four.

The also made the Sweet 16 of the tournament in 1983. After that, Olson took the head coaching job at Arizona and Burmeister followed him there as an assistant.

In later years, Burmeister spent 21 years as the head coach at Texas-San Antonio (1986-90), Loyola (1994-98), Trinity (1999) and Incarnate Word (2006-18), compiling a record of 311-280.

He also served as an assistant coach at Texas-Arlington before coming to Iowa and at DePaul from 1990-94.


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