Posted on April 22, 2020 · Posted in Athletic News, General, News, Press Release

(Burbank, IL) St. Laurence High School is thrilled to announce the hiring of Byron Burt as the new head boys basketball coach.

Burt, 25, emerged out of a pool of 85 applicants and is one of the most exciting young coaches in the Chicagoland area. He most recently served as the head coach at Mather, his alma mater, where he was responsible for a nine-win improvement on the team’s record in two seasons. Burt is also the founder and owner of the Chicago Hoops AAU Basketball organization, which has produced 13 collegiate players over the past three seasons. Burt played Division-1 basketball at Loyola University for NCAA Final Four Head Coach Porter Moser.

“It is an unbelievable opportunity to lead a program with the history and tradition of St. Laurence basketball,” said Burt. “This is a school that not only embraces athletics, but also truly cares about the growth of their students and school community. It’s a perfect fit and a professional dream for me. I can’t wait to be a part of this culture!”

Burt has a proven track record of putting his students first, as he served as the Dean of Students at Mather. He was responsible for building and maintaining a positive, safe school climate and implementing successful student behavior management strategies. He prides himself on the discipline of his program, along with his ability to surround his student-athletes with knowledgeable, high-character coaches who embody his program’s core values of integrity, passion and humility.

“I am extremely excited to introduce Coach Burt as the leader of our basketball program,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “He is a rising star, and we are excited to see him continue the growth of our program. Byron’s energy and passion for basketball and for developing young men was very apparent throughout the process. He embodies the core values of the athletic department, and I am confident he will make an instant connection with our student-athletes and serve as an exemplary role model for them.”

Burt participated in an exhaustive interview process against several highly qualified candidates. Among members of the interview committee were Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Executive Director and St. Laurence alum Jim Tracy ’72 and St. Laurence Board Member and former University of Notre Dame basketball player Tom Kopko ’07. Athletic, academic and administrative leaders in the school were also part of the committee.

Loyola Head Men’s Basketball Coach Porter Moser on Byron Burt
“Byron is a high-energy, high-character young man who embodies everything we value at Loyola. He is always trying to learn and he always finds a way to succeed. There is no doubt Byron is a great hire for St. Laurence.”