- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan replaced a departed assistant coach who had head coaching experience with one who is still practically a beginner on the college level.
Donovan hired Rashon Burno, a former point guard at DePaul, on Thursday to replace Norm Roberts, who left for Kansas earlier this week. Burno has been a college coach for just two seaons, spending the 2010-11 season at Towson University and the 2011-12 season at Manhattan College. Roberts had been the head coach at St. Johns for six seasons prior to joining UF's staff in 2011.
"[Burno] is a great worker and a high-character guy," Donovan said in a statement. "He's almost at a point now where he has a chance to grow into something special. He probably has some things he'll need to learn and grow, but he's got a great upside. and he's really invested into our program because of the opportunity being given him."
Burno played at DePaul from 1998-2002 and finished his career third in school history with 201 steals. He began his coaching career in 2007 at Marmion Academy in Chicago, where he also served as a economics and PE teacher. He joined the staff at Towson in 2010 under Pat Kennedy, who coached him at DePaul.
"This is a golden opportunity for me to come in and learn the business from a future Hall-of-Fame coach," Burno said in a statement. "How many guys can say that? It's a blessing."