Camille Burkes
Camille Burkes
Position: Assistant Coach
Camille Burkes enters her third year on the Santa Barbara coaching staff. In addition to working primarily with UCSB's post players, Burkes serves as the program's co-recruiting coordinator and oversees the Gauchos' academic development. On the court, she works with Coach French on defense and post player development. Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, Burkes spent five seasons at Cal as an original member of former head coach Caren Horstmeyer's staff, beginning in 2000-01. Her duties included post player development, scouting, camps, and community service. As the program's academic coordinator, she helped the Golden Bears attain at least a 3.0 GPA for two-and-a-half years. In addition, Burkes was instrumental in Cal's 2005-06 recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 6 nationally, and featured two McDonalds All-Americans. Prior to accepting her position at Berkeley, the native of Waterloo, Iowa spent the 1999-00 season as the head coach of Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis. In her lone season, the Division III school won its conference title with a perfect 8-0 mark. Burkes also gained experience at a pair of high schools in the Madison area, serving as the assistant girls varsity coach at Madison Memorial High School in 1998-99 after coaching the freshmen at Middleton High School for three years. In addition to her experiences as a coach, Burkes was a color analyst for four years during Wisconsin women's basketball games on WHA-TV, the Wisconsin Public Access Channel, and Fox Sports Midwest Channel. Before entering the coaching ranks, Burkes (maiden name Williams) was a standout member of the basketball and track and field teams at Wisconsin from 1991-96. A 6'0" forward, she completed her hoops career ranked among the Top-15 UW players in six statistical categories, including points (905), rebounds (508), field goal percentage (.501), free-throws (285), and blocks (54). Known as a defensive specialist, Burkes started from her sophomore season onward and helped the Badgers earn two NCAA Tournament selections. She also earned All-American recognition in the high jump during the 1995 and 1996 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Burkes earned her Bachelor's of Science in agricultural business management from Wisconsin in 1996. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Keith and their nephew Watson.

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