In August of 2011, Kevin Burns became just the second head lacrosse coach at Bellarmine University, succeeding the late Jack McGetrick, who founded the Bellarmine lacrosse program in 2005.
After going 4-8 during the 2012 campaign, Burns led the Knights to a breakout season in 2013 as the team went 7-7 with five of the seven losses coming by two goals or less. For his efforts in 2013, Burns was voted the Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year by his peers, the first time a Bellarmine coach has earned the award.
The Knights were known as one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, ranking eighth in the country in scoring defense and 11th in man-down defense. Included in that staunch defense was goalkeeper Dillon Ward, who became the program’s first All-American after being named to the third team by the USILA. Ward led the country in save percentage (66.2), ranked second in saves per game (14.86) and sixth in goals-against average (7.68).
Bellarmine's momentum under Burns continued in 2014. The Knights posted a 7-5 record, their best mark since going 9-6 in 2010, by winning their first four games of the season and then closing the year by winning three of four. Junior long stick midfielder Bobby Schmitt became BU's second All-American in as many years after earning honorable-mention honors, and he was also placed on the Tewaaraton Award watch list
Prior to coming to Louisville, Burns served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts, where he oversaw recruiting and coached the defense for five seasons. While at UMass, the Minutemen won the ECAC championship in 2009, earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Minutemen made an immediate impact when they moved to the CAA in 2010, playing in the conference semifinals in 2010 and the conference championship in 2011. Additionally, UMass was ranked in the top 10 nationally in 2010 and 2011.
Before his stop at UMass, Burns was the first-ever assistant at Binghamton University from 2004-06. At Binghamton, Burns helped the Bearcats to their highest-ever ranking in 2006 at No. 16. He served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator under Coach Ed Stephenson. In 2006, Binghamton finished as the 14th-ranked defense in the nation and ranked No. 1 in the America East in man-down defense. Burns worked with the Bearcats academic programs as well in overseeing the team, which posted the best team GPA in men's lacrosse program history at the New York school.
Burns also spent time as an assistant coach at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, from 2003-04 as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Seahawks.
Collegiately, Burns was a four-year defenseman at Loyola College, graduating in 2003 with the Bachelor of Arts in History. During his playing time with the Greyhounds, the team reached the No. 1 ranking nationally and entered the 2000 NCAA playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Loyola also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2001.
Originally from upstate New York, Burns played his prep lacrosse at West Genesee High School where he played for legendary Coach Mike Messere. The Wildcats were the No. 1 team in the nation winning a New York state championship his junior year. They won 47 games in a row over the course of two seasons.
Burns lives in Louisville with his wife, Becky.