Dale Burns Death – Obituary News : Dale Burns, King alumnus, and former athletic director has died .
We are sad to report that Dale Burns, King alumnus, and former athletic director has passed away, according to the following statements posted on social media on September 8. 2021.
King University @kutornado wrote
With sadness, we report the death Tuesday of Dale Burns, King alumnus, and former athletic director. He was 74. A 1969 King graduate, Burns started at point guard for four years at King, playing for Hall of Fame coach Al Nida. Burns was inducted to the King Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 as a member of the 1968-69 men’s basketball team, which finished 18-4 and won King’s first-ever Volunteer State Athletic Conference championship. Burns returned to his alma mater in 2005 as Athletic Director, helping lead King through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He was instrumental in starting cycling, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball as varsity sports, which have combined for 10 national championships, three Conference Carolinas championships, and two Olympians in the past eight years. Prior to returning to King, Burns spent 27 years as the head boys’ basketball coach at Tennessee High School, winning 505 games and leading the Vikings to four state tournaments. He was also the architect of the Arby’s Classic, one of the top high school basketball tournaments in the country, which annually attracts teams from across the country to Bristol. Read more about Dale’s career at Tennessee High and the Arby’s Classic here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Photo credit: Bristol Herald Courier
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May you rest in peace boss man. Thank you for your guidance during my time as the Women’s Soccer Coach. A true gentleman and a man of his word. Rest easy boss. May God hold you in the palm of his hands.Kathleen McCarthy Haberthy
Condolences to his King family, all who knew him and his surviving family members.
So sorry, Jenn. He was a truly special person and I know how extra special he was to you. If you guys need anything at all, just say the word.
Sonya McFarlane McMakin
Such a big personality and heart. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.
Susie Kelly Toomey
Wonderful words honoring Dale. I know he was really special to you. You made me cry.
Very sad to hear this news. He taught and coached me in high school and was one of the finest men I’ve ever known!! He recently gave me a BMS leather jacket given to him by Jeff Byrd, that I will cherish even more now!!! RIP coach!!!! Your legacy will live forever in Viking Nation!!!
So sorry for the loss of this special man Jennifer. We love you so much and are sending our thoughts and prayers to you, his family and all of those people he impacted