Colorado's first female three-time All-American, Heather Burroughs begins her ninth season on the staff of her alma mater assisting coach Mark Wetmore with the men's and women's teams. Since joining the staff, she has coached 11 conference championship teams, three NCAA championships teams and 39 All-Americans. Burroughs was promoted to associate head coach following the 2011 season where the Buffs swept the inaugural Pac-12 Championships to win the conference's first two team championships.
In Burroughs' eight track seasons assisting the men's and women's middle and long distance runners, her athletes have had an impact at the conference, NCAA, American and world levels on the track. To date, 32 have captured individual conference titles and 44 have earned All-American accolades. Her women have won eight individual NCAA titles and have broken six collegiate records. Since 2007, CU runners have won four U.S. outdoor titles. They have earned three individual berths on U.S. outdoor world championship teams as well as three individual berths on the U.S. Olympic team.
During Burroughs' CU cross country career, she was a top-five and all-conference finisher in 1994, 95, 97 and 98 with a runner-up finish in 95. She claimed all-district honors those same seasons and was an All-American in 1994, 95 and 98. The Buffs finished in the top four of the NCAA in three of those seasons which include a runner-up finish in 1995.
On the track, she was the Big 8 Conference Women's Indoor Track Newcomer of the Year in 1995. She won one conference individual title, scored in 15 conference races and was an indoor 5,000-meter All-American in 1998. Burroughs qualified for six NCAA indoor and outdoor races during her career.
Burroughs was born in Kansas City, Kan. and attended Pembroke Hill High School. She graduated from CU in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.