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Bellarmine University is the first DI head coach opening of this year. The University parted ways with head coach Kevin Burns and offensive coordinator Bill Tully. They were initially put on administrative leave the week of the Knights game against Mercer, a game they would eventually win.
Defensive coordinator Jay Sothorn was named the interim for the rest of the season. A few weeks later the University would announce that head coach Kevin Burns and offensive coordinator Bill Tully were no longer with the program. Bellarmine would go on to finish the season with a record of 4-9, winning 2-1 of their games with Sothorn as the interim. The Knights finished 5th in the SoCon and missed the SoCon tournament for the second year in a row.
The reasoning behind this decision has many different sides and stories that I really don’t want to get into because I honestly don’t know what is true or false at the moment. The only thing that is certain is that the Bellarmine Knights are now searching for a new head Men’s Lacrosse coach.
This decision comes during Burns seventh season with the Knights. In his tenure he helped build the Bellarmine program into what it is today. He saw one of the biggest changes the program has had as they moved from the ECAC to the SoCon. Also, Burns lead the Knights went to the SoCon tournament in 2016. That was the first time Bellarmine had ever made the postseason.
Although the Kevin Burns era was a bumpy one for Bellarmine fans, parents, alumni, and players I want to thank Coach Burns for everything he has done at Bellarmine during his tenure and wish him the best of luck as he and his family move forward.
Official press release from the University
LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Bellarmine University Athletic Director Scott Wiegandt has announced that men’s lacrosse head coach Kevin Burns and assistant coach William Tully are no longer with the university. Jay Sothoron will coach the team for the remainder of the season.
Burns was in his seventh season at Bellarmine, where he compiled a career record of 35-54. Tully was in his second year with the Knights lacrosse program. The university will conduct a national search for a new head coach for the Bellarmine Knights’ NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse team.
Now, who will Bellarmine get as there next head coach? That is the question that every person is asking. I know that many alumni want Jim Mitchell to be the next head man for the Knights. Mitchell is the offensive coordinator at Rutgers and was an assistant at Bellarmine before going to Rutgers. I think this could be a good fit because many people in and around the program liked him, plus he knows the community and school to an extent.
There are many different ways that Bellarmine can go about this coaching search. They could go get a high level assistant, like Jim Mitchell, or they could get a high level DII or DIII head coach. I think those would be the two best options for the Knights. Also, they could get an assistant from a DI mid-major school as well. So, there are many different ways that the University could go about this.