Florida added Rashon Burno to its coaching staff on April 12, 2012, coming to the Gators from Manhattan College.
“He’s a great worker and a high-character guy,” Donovan said at the time of Burno’s hiring. “He’s almost at a point now where he has a chance to grow into something special. He probably has some things he’ll need to learn and grow, but he’s got a great upside. And he’s really invested into our program because of the opportunity being given him.”
As an assistant coach at Manhattan College, he helped the Jaspers to a 21-13 record in 2011-12, the team’s first season under head coach Steve Masiello, and a postseason win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. That marked a massive 15-win turnaround for a team that went 6-25 in 2010-11, as the Jaspers also earned the 11th 20-win season in the program’s 106-year history.
Burno, a three-year team captain at DePaul who played for the Blue Demons from 1998-2002, reunited with his former head coach Pat Kennedy as an assistant coach on his staff at Towson University in 2010-11. He began his coaching career as head coach at Marmion Academy in Chicago from 2007-10, while also serving as an economics and physical education teacher.
During his playing career at DePaul, Burno started 58 games and helped the Blue Demons to two postseason appearances, advancing to the 2001 NCAA Tournament and the 2000 National Invitational Tournament. He finished his career ranked third in DePaul history with 201 steals and was named to the 2001 Conference USA All-Tournament Team.
As a high school player, Burno helped anchor back-to-back national championship runs in 1996 and 1997 at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City under head coach Bob Hurley.