Michigan's Burnett retires from coaching

Updated: March 6, 2007, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan women's basketball coach Cheryl Burnett retired Tuesday, ending a lackluster stint with the Wolverines after helping Southwest Missouri State become a power.

Burnett was 35-83 overall and 10-54 in the Big Ten over four seasons at Michigan. The Wolverines were 10-20 overall and 3-13 in the conference last season, finishing 10th after two straight last-place finishes.

"Michigan is a very special place of which I've been privileged to be a part," Burnett said in a statement released by the school. "Our staff has worked extremely hard to build a foundation that will bring tremendous success in the future for Michigan women's basketball."

Michigan's best year under Burnett was its first, when the team was 14-17 overall and 6-10 in the Big Ten during the 2003-04 season.

Burnett led Southwest Missouri State from 1987-02, helping the school reach the Final Four in 1992 and 2001. She was 319-136 and coached in 10 NCAA Tournaments before she was hired at Michigan.

After resigning from Southwest Missouri State -- in part because she wanted to run a Top 25 program -- she took a year off. She replaced Sue Guevara, who resigned in 2003 as Michigan's winningest coach with a 123-82 record over seven seasons.


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