Pat Burns’ first tour of duty as the boys basketball coach at George Wythe High School began in 1975.
Thirty-eight years later, Burns is back.
Burns, who led Wythe to three consecutive VHSL Group AA final four appearances from 1984-86 and later was the head coach at Pulaski County for 11 seasons, has been hired as the Maroons head coach.
Wythe also has hired Doug Campbell, formerly the boys head coach at Castlewood, as its new girls basketball coach.
Burns, 65, is a Dublin native who played under Sonny Smith at Dublin High School. He was the head coach at George Wythe for 11 seasons before taking the job at Pulaski County.
Burns later became the athletic director at Eastern Montgomery High School before retiring. He has been living in Wytheville for the last three years.
Burns replaces Joey Russell as George Wythe’s head coach.
Campbell replaces Bradley Sutphin as the Maroons’ girls coach.