Lacey Burns completed her first year as the head coach for the University of Dallas women's basketball team during the 2017-18 season. She is the 15th coach to be named at the helm for the Crusaders, and guided the team to a 9-16 overall record and 3-11 finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
Burns had a pair of players earn SCAC All-Conference honors in Michelle DeCoud and Helen Onyenso. Also under Burn's watch, DeCoud garnered All-American and All-Academic accolades for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). She surpassed 1,000 career points and finished near the top all-time in the program after an incredible season under the guidance of Burns.
Burns arrived at Dallas after spending the past year as the head coach at NCAA Division II Concordia University Irvine. She guided the Eagles to a 10-16 record and 8-12 mark in the PacWest Conference. The team's performance improved from 2-23 the season prior to Burn's arrival. In the classroom, the team increased its grade point average from 2.5 to 3.1 during Burn's tenure.
Before that year, Burns served as the assistant women's basketball coach at NCAA Division I Pepperdine University. Burns was the Waves Defensive Coordinator and was the academic liaison between the head coach and academic advisor. She was responsible for study hall and performed other duties with the school that included coordinating summer camps and elite clinics.
For four years, Burns garnered several years of success at helm with San Clemente High School in San Clemente, California. Headlined by three consecutive league championships, Burns accomplished a 70-34 overall record. She improved them in the league standings from 4-4 to a combined 23-1 mark over the next three seasons. Highlighting this trio of years was consecutive unblemished eight-win marks the first two.
Burns also made stops as the head coach at St. Katherine College (2014-15) and was the assistant coach at Vanguard University of Southern California (2010-11) and California State Polytechnic University of Pomona (2009-10). She coached for seven years (2009-15) as a head coach with Cal Swish Basketball Club 15U and 17U.
Burns received her Master's of Arts in Coaching & Athletic Administration in August 2013 from Concordia University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Vanguard University of Southern California in May 2007.
Burns played for her undergrad alma mater from 2003 to 2007. She competed in two Elite 8 national tournament appearances and two Final 4 showings. The team amassed a 110-9 record while she played. In 2009 and 2011, she organized a missions team to travel to the Philippines to compete against the local colleges and universities.
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Lauren Jay serves as a volunteer assistant for the Crusaders and is in her first season. Jay competed at the NCAA Division II level at Southern Arkansas and Texas A&M Kingsville. In her senior season (2014-15), Jay was the team leader in rebounds (6.6) and steals.
Before joining UD, Jay was a volunteer coach with Smithson Valley High School Women's Basketball Program. She also coached elite club basketball programs in San Antonio.
Jay holds a Bachelors in History with a minor in Kinesiology.