WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - While patrolling the sidelines of Lycoming College's Hilltop and Lamade gymnasiums for more than 30 years, Clarence "Dutch" Burch won more than 300 games for the Warriors. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the college named the court that he worked so hard to build in his honor, as Dutch Burch Court at Lamade Gym was formally dedicated in a ceremony before the championship game of the Dutch Burch Tip-Off.
Burch, who passed away at age 80 on Sept. 8, 2012, coached Lycoming's men's basketball team for 32 seasons from 1962-94, amassing a school-record 318 wins. He led Lycoming to its first Middle Atlantic Conference regular-season championship in 1965-66, just three years after a 5-15 season in his first year, and he added two more titles in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Lycoming made 11 appearances in the postseason during Burch's tenure.