Michael Burcin became an assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf teams for the 2007-08 season after serving on Puggy Blackmon's men's golf staff for the previous three seasons, including two as an assistant coach. In addition to assisting coaches with day-to-day coaching duties, Burcin's primary role is to implement and coordinate a recruiting program conducive to winning championships. He also monitors the strength and conditioning programs for both sports as well as overseeing the continued development of The Players Club, which is made up of former men's and women's golf letterwinners.
"It is a tremendous opportunity to work with both programs," Burcin said. "Our women's program is in a position to join the men as a national power. I had the pleasure of spending two years learning from Hall of Fame coach Puggy Blackmon, and I absorbed all I could about recruiting and how to work with players. With what I've already learned in recruiting for the men's team, I look forward to working with the women's program and helping to make both programs fixtures on the national scene."
A finalist for the Golf Coaches Association of America's 2007-08 Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year award, given to the top men's golf assistant coach, Burcin helped the men's team to seven top-four finishes, including a second-place showing in the SEC Championship. The women's side advanced to the 2008 NCAA Championship, the first appearance by the Gamecocks since 2003.
"Michael plays such an important role in our program's success and improvement," women's head coach Kalen Anderson said. "He does a lot for us administratively, but more importantly, his knowledge of the game is invaluable. Michael is a strong recruiter and brings a great attitude and sense of humor to our team atmosphere."
Burcin joined the Carolina men's golf staff as a volunteer assistant in Fall 2004 and was made a full-time assistant in Spring 2005. His responsibilities included recruiting, managing a club for former Gamecock Lettermen and the day-to-day activities of the program.
Upon the arrival of men's golf associate head coach Bill McDonald, Burcin assumed the position of director of golf operations for the 2006-07 season. In that role, he coordinated team travel, ordered and monitored the inventory of team equipment and served as the liaison to the strength and conditioning and compliance offices.
Burcin is the men's golf liaison for the academic staff, and the team has achieved at least a 3.3 grade point average in each semester and combined for a new record of 3.543 in the Fall 2006. In addition to coaching, Burin's other duties included arranging all travel, scheduling and serving as the liaison to the strength and conditioning and compliance offices.
Before coming to South Carolina, Burcin spent seven years as a golf professional in Lancaster, Pa. His last stop in Pennsylvania involved developing an indoor teaching program at a retail golf store in Lancaster. While in Lancaster, Burcin kept an active playing schedule of section and chapter PGA events.
Originally from Salina, Kan., Burcin graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in Lampeter, Pa., where he was a 10-time letterman in three sports.
A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America, Burcin and his wife, Dr. Michelle Burcin, who was a standout swimmer at the University of Cincinnati, reside in Columbia.