"We're very excited to have Greg join our staff," Hope said. "Having worked with him at Kansas State, he is familiar with defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar's game plan and will be able to hit the ground running at Purdue."
Burns joins the Purdue staff after spending the previous four seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona State. The Sun Devils led the then-Pac-10 and finished among the nation's top units in rushing, passing and total defense in 2009.
Previous to ASU, Burns spent the 2007 season as secondary coach at Kansas State under defensive coordinator Tibesar.
Burns has found success at many levels during his coaching career, spending 2006 as the defensive backs coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers after coaching the secondary at USC under Pete Carroll for four years (2002-05). Burns also coached for four seasons at Louisville (1998-2001) as well as one season at Idaho (1997).
In his 14 seasons as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, Burns has been a part of nine bowl teams, including four BCS bowls, and won national championships in 2003 and 2004 while at USC.
During his time at Southern California, Burns developed a reputation as one of the brightest young secondary coaches in the country and mentored a number of stand-out performers, including All-American safeties Troy Polamalu (2002) and Darnell Bing (2005). He also coached first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference cornerback Will Poole in 2003. Burns also produced six All-Conference USA cornerbacks during his tenure at Louisville, including first-teamers Anthony Floyd (2000 and 2001) and Antonio Roundtree (1998). Burns also coached All-Pro cornerback Ronde Barber while with the Buccaneers.
Burns was a four-year letterwinner (1991-93, 1995) at Washington State, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 1992. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington State in 1995 and his master's from Washington State in 1997. He and his wife Crystal have three sons, Cristopher, Carter and Cooper.