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Jonathan Burton named head baseball coach at LWC

New coach joins Blue Raiders after three seasons as head coach at Trevecca Nazarene University

By Chris Wells,
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Jonathan Burton has been hired as head baseball coach at Lindsey Wilson College, athletic director Willis Pooler announced on Monday.

Burton takes over for the Blue Raiders after spending the last three seasons at Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN. Prior to becoming the head coach at his alma mater, Burton spent four seasons as the Trojans assistant coach.

"As I begin to look at Lindsey Wilson baseball the first thing that comes to my mind is championship. We fully intend to bring a new level of excellence on and off the field," Burton said. "Playing at a level that creates excitement and energy will be expected, because it is a formula that works. Our expectations are to win championships; that will always be our goal."

Pooler said he was impressed with the quality candidates and is confident in Burton's ability to lead the Blue Raider baseball program.

"We received a number of outstanding applicants, but Coach Burton clearly possessed the qualities we were looking for in our head coach," Pooler said. "He has done an outstanding job at Trevecca Nazarene in a well-respected TranSouth Conference, while achieving a high level of success against Mid-South Conference opponents. I believe he has the ability to elevate our program to the top of our conference and to national prominence.

"His coaching ability combined with his focus on the academic success of his student-athletes made him the right choice for Lindsey Wilson College."

Burton begins his Lindsey Wilson coaching career one win shy of 100. At Trevecca Nazarene, Burton recorded a 99-68 record while guiding the Trojans to a pair of TranSouth Conference Tournament runner-up finishes.

Last season, Burton led Trevecca to a 35-22 overall record, including an 18-6 TSC record en route to being named the TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year.

During his Trevecca career, Burton has recruited and coached one TranSouth Conference Player of the Year, nine first team all-conference, five second team all-conference and 26 academic all-conference selections. Nationally, he has coached an NAIA First Team All-American, an Honorable Mention All-American and five NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

In addition to his coaching experience at Trevecca, Burton coached three summers for the Nashville Trojans and one summer for the Sandlot Wood Bat League.

Burton replaces Mike Talley, who was named Director of Athletic Facilities and Event Management in mid-May.

"Coming into an environment that expects and demands great things from athletics in every sport is what really intrigued me about this position," Burton said. "The staff here at Lindsey Wilson is very supportive of each head coach and genuinely cares about the success of the whole department.

"The direction of this institution is moving at an exciting pace and I am looking forward to the challenge of maintaining success."

As a student-athlete, Burton amassed a 16-10 record with a 3.78 earned run average while playing at Volunteer State (TN) Community College and later at Trevecca. He was awarded the coaches' award in 2002 and 2004 and was a member of team that broke the school record with 44 wins in 2004.

"I would like to thank President Luckey and our athletic director Willis Pooler for the opportunity to lead this program and reach new heights," Burton said. "Our best days as a Blue Raider baseball program are ahead, and I am thankful to have the supporting cast to get to where we all want to go."

This story was posted on 2011-06-06 13:19:13
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