Mike Burris begins his 12th season as head coach at Olney Central College in the 2015-16 season. He enters his 16th season coaching at the college level, during which time he has coached entirely at OCC. He has spent the last 11 years as head coach, where his teams have won 165 games, including a 25-8 record in 2011-12. The Knights have averaged 17 wins the last seven seasons including a co-GRAC championship in 2011-12. The streak of six straight winning seasons (2008-2014) tied the longest in school history. The Knights have won three GRAC championships in school history with Coach Burris being part of two of them, one as a player (1998-99) and coach (2011-12).
Coach Burris has sent over 60 players on to four year schools in his time at Olney Central, including 11 who have played professionally. The Knights have graduated over 95% of their players and have had a team GPA of 3.0 during Burris' tenure at OCC.
The 25 wins in 2011-12 were the 3rd most in school history. The Knights fell to Wabash Valley in the Region XXIV title game 58-55, marking the third Region XXIV appearance since 2001 The Knights lost in the 2014 District XVI title game to #2 Vincennes University. The Blue Knights Region XXIV championship was the only the second in school history. Coach Burris was named the GRAC co-Coach of the Year following the 2011-2012 season. Coach Burris was named the Region XXIV Coach of the Year in 2013-2014. The Knights have been in the Region 24/District 16 title game in two of the past four seasons.
Coach Burris is originally from Owensburg, IN. He was a standout athlete in basketball, cross-country and track earning 10 varsity letters and numberous all-conference and all-area awards at Eastern Greene High School. He was also named Mr. Basketball in Greene County in 1997. Mike is the son of Larry and Beverly Burris who reside in Owensburg, IN.
Mike was a standout player at Olney Central College from 1997-1999 helping the Knights win 43 games in two years including a GRAC championship in 1998-99 when OCC went 23-9. He finished his playing career at Cal Poly University (Big West Conference) in San Luis Obispo from 1999-2001.
Burris hold an associates degree in arts from OCC and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Eastern Illinois University. He is married to Lacey Burris (Anderson) and the couple have two sons, Bayden (3 years old) and Braxten (7 months old).