Tatum Burstrom is in her fourth season as Mike Mincey's lead assistant coach for the Lady Eagles.
"I've been fortunate to have two former Lady Eagles help me run this program over my first 5 years and I'm delighted to add another," Mincey said. "Tatum decided to come play for me with no head coaching experience and trusted me with her four years of college. I felt like she could be an accelerant for our program as a player and I trust she can do the same as a coach.
"She will be able to help the players in so many facets of college life and will also be able to give future student-athletes a true insight as to what it takes to be successful on and off the floor at C-N. She can already evaluate talent and even though not a coach at the time, I've had many conversations about strategy and have always impressed with her basketball IQ."
On March 6, 2019, Burstrom was named to the WBCA's Thirty Under 30 list honoring 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game. She was one of nine coaches from the Division II ranks to be listed and one of the three from the SAC.
In her three years on the bench, the Lady Eagles are 74-21 with a 49-11 mark against the South Atlantic Conference as 2017-18 brought home a regular season and tournament title in the SAC, a NCAA Southeast Region title and an Elite Eight appearance, the first in the history of the school.
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).
Burstrom became the 17th Lady Eagle to score at least 1,000 points in her career doing so against North Georgia on Dec. 3. She also became the all-time leader in made three-pointers at Queens (N.C.) on Dec. 12.
Burstrom wrapped up her career fourth in SAC history with 254 made three-pointers. The program's leader in made triples concludes her four years with 1,234 points, good for ninth in C-N history. The Maryville, Tenn. native scored in double figures 64 times in her four seasons while leading the team in scoring in 30 games. She made at least three three-pointers on 43 occasions.
She was just the fifth player in program history to earn postseason plaudits from the league in three seasons after being placed on the All-Freshman Team in 2012-13, an honorable mention All-SAC pick in 2014-15 and being placed on the second-team All-SAC in 2015-16 to cap her career.
Despite missing six games following a broken wrist, she finished fifth in the league with 63 made triples, sixth with a 34.4 percent three-point percentage and ninth in the conference in scoring by averaging 13.8 points per game.
Along with teammate Jai Jai McLaughlin, Burstrom is considered to be the first recruit that Mincey signed once he became the head coach as he worked toward bringing in local products.
"I've wanted to be a coach since I got to college," Burstrom said. "This place has been so special for me for four years. Then I've watched this program grow from where it was my freshman year. That's just something I'm excited to be a part of.
"I got to see it and hear it from Mince and Coach (Ashley) Kyle's perspective," Burstrom said. "That really became I positive because it made me look at the game in a different way."
In high school, Burstrom was a three-sport star at William Blount High School scoring over 1,000 points on the hardwood. Her father, David, played football at West Alabama and mother, Stephanie played college volleyball while both of her brothers played college baseball.