Josh Burrows, who is affectionately known as "JB" by student-athletes, had a dream that started with the men's basketball team, but now branches out across all of Gonzaga's sports. More than a decade ago Burrows, a Spokane native and 1979 Gonzaga business graduate, saw a need at GU. The men's basketball team had just returned from a stellar run to the Elite Eight and Burrows knew that if they ever wanted to make it back onto that pedestal of greatness they would have to continue to build, not by working on their strengths, but by pinpointing their weaknesses and facing those head on.
"If we were going to go back again we needed to develop players equal to or better than the competition," Burrows said. "[This was] going to be done by building a better athlete through conditioning, nutrition, approved supplements and body work."
Besides being a staple in the progress of the strength and conditioning program, Burrows served as the inspiration and namesake when it came time to build a facility where these beneficial practices could take place. Construction began on the Josh Burrows Performance Athletic Center in 2006.