ATLANTA – Carson-Newman women's basketball assistant coach Tatum Burstrom was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Thirty Under 30 list Wednesday the organization announced.
The Maryville, Tenn. native has been on Mike Mincey's bench for three seasons helping the team to three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time in 29 years. Overall, the Lady Eagles are 74-19 with Burstrom as an assistant coach. The program has won a South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament crown while taking home the Southeast Region Championship and advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.
In 2017-18, the team spent the final 14 weeks inside of the top 10 in America and nine as a top-five team in the poll finishing the season ranked fifth in the WBCA poll - the highest ever for a SAC program. Since the SAC formed in 1989-90, no team had spent double-digit weeks in the top 10 as other schools have combined for 33 weeks in the top 10 in the history of the poll. Presbyterian in 1999-00 spent nine weeks amongst the 10 best teams in the country.
The Lady Eagles matched a school record with 32 wins on the year setting the SAC record in that category by four games. Other records that C-N now holds among SAC schools is most points in a year (3,180), points per game (90.9) and assists (702).
Of the 30 names on the list, nine were either head or assistant coaches at the Division II with three hailing from the SAC. Burstrom joined Wingate assistant Katelyn Grisillo and Anderson assistant Nicole Razor on the list.
A decorated player in her own right at Carson-Newman from 2012-16, Burstrom became the fifth player at the time in program history to earn postseason plaudits from the league in three seasons. The Maryville, Tenn. native wrapped up her career fourth in SAC history with 254 made three-pointers. The program's leader in made triples concluded her four years with 1,234 points, good for ninth in C-N history at the time. She scored in double figures 64 times in her four seasons while leading the team in scoring in 30 games and making three three-pointers on 43 occasions.
The WBCA Thirty Under 30 program was created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. Each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement.
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