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April 17, 2012

Burton Retires As Basketball Coach

Mike Sutton, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Director of Athletics, announced the resignation of Jodie Burton as head women's basketball coach effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  She will continue to serve as head women's golf coach, senior woman administrator and associate athletic director.

Burton leaves an impressive legacy for the basketball program.  She was hired in 1979 to take over a three year old program that was a 4-30 in those years.  In her 32 years at the helm (she took a sabbatical in 2002-03), she guided the team to an overall record of 507-298 (.630) and a SCIAC mark of 241-139.  Her teams won six conference titles, finished second 13 times and won 20 or more games nine times.  She is the winningest coach in SCIAC basketball history with 57 wins more than the next closest coach.  She has also won more SCIAC games than any other coach.  In fact, she has more SCIAC wins than all of the other schools in the conference except Pomona-Pitzer.

Earlier this year, she became just the 15th coach in Division III history to win 500 games.  Only nine coaches in all Divisions of the NCAA have coached for more years with one team.  She has coached all, but eight women who have played basketball at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

"Jodie has been a remarkable influence on the development of the Athenas and CMS athletic program broadly.  I congratulate and thank her for the multitude of contributions, her friendship, and partnership in the development of our Athletic and Physical Education department and culture," remarked Sutton.  "Since the fall of 1979 she bore responsibility as the voice for women's athletics in our department.  From a time when CMS offered five women's teams to our present state of 11 varsity women's teams, each with a full time head coach,  Jodie has been the voice for equity, both gender and program, as well as a fierce competitor and advocate for the opportunities our program enjoys today."