Sam Burroughs enters his third year as an assistant track & field coach at North Texas, primarily responsible for the middle and long distance running events.
Results have come quick, Burroughs' first two years at North Texas saw five All-Conference performers in cross country [Patrick Strong (2011), Sara Dietz (2011, 2012), and Ingrid Mollenkopf (2011, 2012)] and four new schools records on the track (Sara Dietz indoor 800-meter and 3,000-meter, Ingrid Mollenkopf outdoor 10,000-meter and the women's distance medley relay). Burroughs also received the Sun Belt Conference Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year Award for leading the Mean Green to a second-place finish.
Prior to North Texas Burroughs spent the last two years in the same position at Abilene Christian University, where he collected two Lone Star Conference Championships, a South Central Regional Championship and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA championship meet in men's cross country. He was named the 2008 South Central Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association as well as the Lone Star Conference Men's Coach of the Year in 2008 and '09. In 2010, Burroughs coached Amos Sang to first place finishes in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at the NCAA Championships as well as leading Sang and Cleophas Tanui to first and second place finishes, respectively, in the 10,000 meter run at the prestigious Penn Relays in 2009.
Before joining the ACU staff, Burroughs was the assistant cross country coach and an assistant track and field coach at Iona College (N.Y.) for three seasons. Burroughs helped lead the Gaels to unprecedented success from 2005-07 as he was part of a program that posted three straight top-four finishes at the NCAA Division I national cross country championship meet, 4th in 2005, 3rd in 2006, and NCAA National Runner-ups in 2007. While at Iona, Burroughs helped coach the Gaels to three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles and helped the women's program to its third straight MAAC title.
Additional coaching stops include Manhattan College and Boston University.
Burroughs, who earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology in 2000 from the University of Buffalo, competed as a top member of the school's teams. Burroughs remained at Buffalo for graduate work, earning his Master of Science in Human Performance in 2002.
Burroughs by the numbers:
- - 86 Individual Conference Champions in Cross County/Track & Field
- - 36 NCAA Individual Qualifiers in Cross Country/Track & Field
- - 28 All-Americans in Cross Country/Track & Field
- - 12 Team Conference Champion titles for Cross Country/Track & Field
- - 10 NCAA Championship podium trophies in Cross Country/Track & Field
- - 5 Cross Country teams qualified for the NCAA Championships
- - 5 NCAA Cross Country Regional Individual Champions
- - 4 NCAA Cross County Regional Team Championships
- - 3 Athletes qualified for Team USA at the World Cross Country Championships
- - 2 Men's Cross Country "Conference Coach of the Year" honors
- - 2 Men's Cross Country "Conference Freshman Athlete of the Year" honors
- - 2 NCAA Track & Field Individual Champions for Outdoor Track
- - 1 Women's Cross Country "Conference Coach of the Year" honor
- - 1 Penn Relays Champion