Karlie Burris enters her fifth season as an assistant coach on the NAU women's basketball staff after joining Northern Arizona University in 2012. Burris assists with the team's wing players and also coordinates the team's recruiting efforts and handles scouting duties.
Burris' guidance played a key role in helping NAU qualify for the Big Sky Championships for the first time since 2009 in 2015. Her coaching of guards Mariah Willadsen and Brittani Lusain were critical as the pair were two of the Lumberjacks' most consistent players throughout the season. The duo combined to start 59 of 60 games and were the team's third and fourth leading scorers as NAU picked up its most overall wins (13) and conference wins (9) since the 2006-07 season.
With Burris’ assistance, Amanda Frost garnered All-Big Sky first team honors and a spot on College Sports Madness’ Mid-Major All-American teams during the 2013-14 season. Frost averaged a Big Sky best 22.5 points per game and set a new school season scoring record with 652 points. Burris also helped with the development of Taylor Leyva and Catelyn Preston as the pair proved to be intergral pieces to the Lumberjacks as true freshmen.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Portland, Burris was a West Coast Conference (WCC) honorable mention selection and four year letterwinner for the Pilots. For her work in the classroom, Burris was also recognized on the WCC All-Academic team.
Burris spent two years at Seattle University under former Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini, serving as a video coordinator and graduate assistant for the Redhawks while earning a master's in sport administration and leadership. At Seattle, Burris was responsible for editing film and coordinating exchanges and assisting with team travel and functions. She designed and developed the team's E-newsletter and was instrumental in promoting the team's auction, post-season games, and banquet.
She also served as a tutor and mentor for Seattle University study hall for student-athletes, coordinating with academic advisors to develop academic support plans. She facilitated one-on-one and group study sessions with men's basketball and women's volleyball student-athletes and monitored study hall hours across all sports.
Burris also has previous experience as an assistant coach for girl's basketball at Rex Putnam High School, where she created practice plans and developed game strategy. She also worked for one year as the director of recruitment for Absolutely Affordable Staffing, serving as the lead recruiter in head hunting business executives in multiple industries.
After earning her bachelor's degree in sociology and history from Portland in 2009, Burris completed her master's in sport administration and leadership from Seattle University in spring 2012.