Jerry Burns is in his 27th year as the head coach of the Monroe Community College men's basketball program. He has an untiring work ethic, the ability to identify with his players and a passion for the game, all of which have enabled him to win 11 Region III titles and five district championships. The 2006-2007 Tribunes advanced to the national title game for the first time in the program's history and finished runner-up.
Prior to his arrival at Monroe Community College, Burns served two years as an assistant coach at Division I Wagner College on Staten Island. He was responsible for recruiting several players who helped establish Wagner as a force in the Northeastern Conference. Burns began his coaching career as an assistant at Region III rival Champlain College in 1986. He spent one year at St. Michael's College, a Division II college in Winooski, VT, before moving to Wagner.
Burns has been named Region III Coach of the Year nine times (1993, '94, '97, '04, '06, '07, and '09, '15, '16). He has also collected Coach of the Year honors for the Western New York Athletic Conference in 1997 and 2004 and New York State Junior College Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2004. Coach Burns also won the coveted Basketball Times Coach of the Year award in 1994. In 2000, he was inducted into Castleton State's Hall of Fame.
Burns also works in the Advisement Center on MCC's Brighton Campus. He lives in Fairport with his wife, Debbie, and their children, Ross, Jenna, and Julia.