Amy Burgess enters her sixth season as head coach of the UALR swimming and diving team and seventh season overall with the program in 2013-14. Burgess arrived at UALR in 2007 and served as assistant coach for one season before being promoted to interim head coach in June 2008, and then to head coach two months later.
Burgess' teams have made a habit of finishing their seasons strong. Through her first four years as head coach, Burgess' swimmers have broken or tied a combined 48 school records at the season-ending Sun Belt Conference Championship meets. At the 2013 SBC Championships, UALR broke nine school records.
The Trojans broke 12 school records at the 2012 Sun Belt Championships, including eight individual records, to finish the season on a high note.
Competing at the season-ending Sun Belt Championships in February 2011, the Trojans broke 12 school records and tied another, including some that dated as far back as 1982. Since she took over as head coach in August of 2008, Burgess' swimmers have broken 13 of the 19 major UALR swimming records.
Burgess and the Trojans had similar success at the 2010 Sun Belt Championships, as seven new school records - three individual and four relay - were broken over the course of the four-day event. At the 2009 SBC Championships, the Trojans also broke seven school records in their biggest meet of the season.
Burgess' teams have also seen their share of success in the classroom. At the end of the 2008-09 academic year, UALR was recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America with Academic All-American Team honors. The team received the honor for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the fall semester of 2008.
A native Arkansan, Burgess was named the head swimming coach at UALR in August 2008 after serving as interim head coach in June of 2008 and assistant coach for the 2007-08 season.
Also during the 2007-08 season, Burgess gained valuable experience as an assistant with the Arkansas Dolphins swimming program that serves swimmers of all levels in Little Rock and the surrounding communities. In 2005, Burgess worked as an assistant swim coach and lesson instructor at Hendrix AquaKids in Conway, Ark. She trained, taught and supervised a premier swim team for kids ages six and up. She also coordinated private swim lessons, ran the Master's swim program for middle aged to senior adults, and educated children through group swim lessons and camps.
Prior to her coaching career, Burgess was one of the most accomplished swimmers in school history at the University of Kansas. In 2005, she set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.01 at the Big 12 Championships. As of 2010, she remains in the top five in school history in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard butterfly. Burgess and three of her teammates set the school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2004 with a time of 3:22.29.
Burgess received numerous accolades in her time at KU, including Newcomer of the Year for the 2001-02 season, Big 12 Swimmer of the Month in November of 2002 and 2004, and NCAA Swimmer of the Week in November of 2004. She also received the Tammy Thomas MVP Award in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Burgess was also recognized for her academic excellence, receiving the Jayhawk and Big 12 Scholar Athlete honor all four years of her career. Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's List and the University of Kansas and Kansas Athletics Director's Honor Roll all four years, she received the KU Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year honor for the 2004-05 season.
Burgess also served as co-captain of the team from April 2003 to March 2004, motivating and inspiring her team through her attitude and performance. She also was in charge of organizing activities and managing recruiting weekends for prospective team members.
Burgess graduated from Kansas in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree with an emphasis in Strategic Communications and a minor in Communication Studies.
Prior to joining UALR, Burgess was a substitute and after-school teacher at the East End School District in Bigelow, Ark.