Rachele Burns
Rachele Burns
Title: Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Previous College: UMaine '14

Former University of Maine Black Bears guard and Gorham High School standout Rachele Burns returns for her third season as a member of the Huskies' women's basketball coaching staff.   

Burns graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education with a Health concentration and an Outdoor Education minor.

A member of the Black Bears' women's basketball team for five years under coach Richard Barron, Burns had the opportunity to spend the 2012-2013 season as a student assistant under Barron's direction while recovering from a season-ending injury.  During her time as a Black Bears' student-assistant coach, Burns was involved with recruiting, travel arrangements, scouting report preparation, planning practice and fundraising.

In Burns’ final season with the Black Bears she appeared in 11 games and her team had a 17-15 finish, falling in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament. The University of Maine earned a spot in the postseason Women’s Basketball Invitational and beat Bucknell in the first round before falling to Fairfield in the second round.

In 2014, Burns was selected by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as one of 50 participants for the WBCA “So You Want to Be a Coach” program at the Final Four in Nashville, Tennessee. The three-day workshop was geared toward professional development and networking.
 
Before attending UMaine, Burns was a standout student and three-sport athlete at nearby Gorham High School, competing in soccer, basketball, and softball. Burns earned All-State honors in all three sports from 2005-2009 and was named Gorham’s most-distinguished female athlete as a senior in 2009. She was also selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for soccer in 2008. Her basketball career was cut short just four games into her junior year by her first of four ACL surgeries, and she finished with 846 points, just shy of the 1,000 point mark.
 
Currently, Burns resides in Gorham and is a Physical Education teacher at Gray-New Gloucester High School.