Former UNC Greensboro standout Joe Burnett is in his third year as an assistant soccer coach with the UNC Asheville men's program.
Burnett, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., helped lead the Spartans to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and was named the 2008 Southern Conference Tournament's Most Valuable Player.
"We are really fortunate to have Joe Burnett as part of the UNC Asheville soccer family," said Kern. "He has been a real asset to our program the past two seasons."
The Spartans won three SoCon Tournament titles during Burnett's tenure (2005, 2006, 2008), along with two regular season titles in 2005 and 2006. UNCG reached the SoCon Tournament final in 2007, but fell to Furman in overtime of the championship game.
During Burnett's senior season he started in 22 of 23 contests, logging 1,713 minutes of playing time. That season the Spartans defeated Duke University 2-0 to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. UNCG then defeated Loyola (Md.) 2-1 to advance to the Final 16 before falling to South Florida on penalty kicks.
In his first two seasons, UNCG finished ranked 18th in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, compiling a 32-14-2 record over those two years. During his career the Spartans amassed 53 victories overall with a 16-10-1 record in conference.
Burnett spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C.
Joe and his wife Tiffany reside in Asheville.