Jesyka Burks-Wiley
Jesyka Burks-Wiley
Title: Assistant Coach; Director of Player Development
Year: Second
Previous College: Boston University '09
Position: Assistant Coach; Director of Player Development

Jesyka Burks-Wiley enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Brown University women’s basketball program in 2015-16.

In her first season at Brown, Burks-Wiley helped the Bears finish second in the Ivy League in scoring (65.5 points per game) and first in the league in steals (10.1 per game). She coached a pair of All-Ivy players in Sophie Bikofsky ’15 and Jordin Alexander ’16 while helping the Bears notch their first road sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since Feb. 26-27, 1993.

“I’m excited about the staff we have put together here at Brown, the coaches will bring in great and varying talents to the program,” Brown head coach Sarah Behn said upon her hiring. "Jesyka was a terrific player at Boston University and brings experience recruiting at the Division I level.”

Burks-Wiley spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant and recruiting coordinator on Behn’s staff at UMass-Lowell, helping the Riverhawks’ transition into full time Division I athletics. Prior to Lowell, Burks-Wiley joined the Nebraska-Omaha staff as an assistant for the 2012-13 season, guiding the Mavericks to a 17-11 record overall in only their second year of Division I play.

A 2009 graduate of Boston University, she boasted a standout career for the Terriers, becoming one of only eight players to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in their career. A stellar final campaign saw the co-captain average 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, propelling her to America East Player of the Year honors and a Region I finalist for the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team.

The Kansas City, Mo., native took her talents overseas after graduation, beginning with Romania ICIM Arad before making stops in the top leagues in Finland and Portugal. She concluded her professional career in Belgium, leading the Castor Braine squad to the second round of the league’s playoffs as the team’s leading scorer.