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Marist High School has hired former St. Anthony’s Boys Basketball Assistant Coach, Frank Burno, as their new Head Boys Basketball Coach. Coach Burno has been coaching basketball since 1996 and spent the last four years as an Assistant Coach at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City. “We are excited to have Coach Burno with us. He brings years of experience with him that will be beneficial to our players,” said Athletic Director Erica Buonacquista.
Coach Burno began his coaching career at the Boys and Girls Club of Jersey City in 1996 coaching at the grammar school level. He spent the last four years coaching boys basketball at St. Anthony’s under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley. At St. Anthony’s, Coach Burno spent two years as the Junior Varsity Head Coach and two years as an Assistant Varsity Coach. “Working under Coach Hurley was unbelievable,” said Coach Burno. “I dreamed of coaching basketball when I was younger, and to learn from one of the best was a great experience.”
Coach Burno plans to use this experience to make Marist Basketball a force in the county. “I want to get this program back to where it was in the ‘90’s,” said Coach Burno. The Royal Knights won the State Championship in 1992 and were consistently one of the top teams in the state. “There is a lot of great basketball tradition here that I want to bring back,” said Coach Burno.
The first thing Coach Burno wants to bring to the team is a winning attitude. “I want to change the culture of the team at all three levels: Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity,” said Coach Burno. “I want to instill leadership, respect, character, and a winning attitude into the players. They should feel proud to wear Marist across their chest.”
Coach Burno also has a connection to current Marist Girls Basketball Coach and 2017 Hudson County Coach of the Year, Reggie Quinn. “Coach Reggie and I are good friends. We both coached at the Boys and Girls Club,” said Coach Burno. Coach Reggie was a large factor in getting Coach Burno to Marist. Coach Burno said, “He kept telling me to throw my name in the hat for the position. After I had my first interview, I knew this is where I wanted to coach.”
The Royal Knights are coming off a 9-14 season, finishing 5-9 in the conference. They look to regroup next year with a new attitude under the leadership of Coach Burno.