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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Chris Burgess as the University of Utah defeats BYU 81-64 in NCAA basketball Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013,in Salt Lake City Utah.

Former Runnin’ Ute forward Chris Burgess has joined Mark Pope’s staff at Utah Valley University as an assistant coach, the university announced Wednesday.

Burgess, who has served as an undergraduate assistant at Utah and an assistant coach at Salt Lake Community College, comes to the Wolverines by the way of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, where he was also an assistant coach.

"Chris is a great addition to my staff," said Pope in a statement. "Not only has he excelled as a player, but has also proven his skill, acumen, and dedication as a coach. He is an energetic teacher and a smart basketball tactician. He has proven his ability to build strong and lasting relationships with players, recruits, and colleagues. Chris will be an incredible asset to Utah Valley and is destined to be a star in this business."

Burgess played at Utah from 2000-02, after transferring from Duke. In his senior season with the Utes, Burgess led the team in scoring (13.2) and rebounding (7.8). Following his time at Utah, he had an 11-year professional career overseas.

"I am excited to be part of this new era of UVU basketball," said Burgess in a statement. "Coach Pope brings a level of excitement to this program that is tangible. I've been impressed with everyone that I've met here on campus, as well as the facilities available to our team. I look forward to competing in the WAC and helping our players reach their potential, and win for the Wolverine faithful."