Oct. 9, 2000
BERKELEY - Camille Burkes has been named assistant women's basketball coach at the University of California, head coach Caren Horstmeyer announced Monday.
"We're excited to have Camille join our coaching staff," said Horstmeyer. "She's a great motivator, role model and hard worker. She knows what it takes to win and brings additional NCAA experience to our team."
With the hiring of Burkes, Horstmeyer has finished assembling her staff, which also includes Sue Phillips-Chargin and Shaunice Warr. A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Burkes' duties will include assisting with the post players' development and scouting.
Burkes comes to Berkeley after serving in 1999-00 as the head women's basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis. She led the Division III team to a conference title with an 8-0 record while overseeing the entire operation of the program, including game strategies, practices, recruiting and fundraising.
Prior to coaching at MATC, Burkes worked in the high school ranks in the Madison area. She was the assistant varsity girls' basketball coach at James Madison Memorial from 1998-99 and the freshmen girls' basketball coach at Middleton from 1996-98.
In addition to her experiences as a coach, Burkes has been a color analyst for the last four years for Wisconsin women's basketball games on WHA-TV, the Wisconsin Public Access Channel and Midwest Sports Channel.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Burkes (maiden name Williams) was a member of the basketball and track and field teams at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-96. A 6-0 forward, Burkes completed her career ranked among the top 15 in six UW career statistics categories, including points (905), rebounds (508), field goal percentage (.501), free throws (285) and blocks (54). Known as a defensive specialist, Burkes was a regular starter since her sophomore season and helped pace the Badgers to two NCAA Tournament selections. She also earned All-America recognition in the high jump during the 1995 and '96 outdoor track and field seasons.
Burkes received her bachelor's of science degree from Wisconsin in agricultural business administration in 1996.