NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca Nazarene University head baseball coach
announced his resignation to pursue another collegiate
coaching opportunity.Trevecca Baseball
Burton has successfully led the Trevecca
program to an overall record of 99-68 during his three seasons,
continuing the winning tradition of the Trojan program. Under Burton's
leadership, Trevecca has finished second in the TranSouth Athletic
Conference regular season standings in two of his three seasons. Burton,
the 2011 TranSouth Coach of the Year, has guided the program to a 39-28
record in conference play.
Burton expressed gratitude for the opportunities he has been given at Trevecca. He said, "My time spent at Trevecca has been incredible and will remain apart of me forever. My life has been changed in so many positive ways by simply being here on ‘the Hill.' I can't name all the people I should thank for the opportunity to lead this program for the past three years or to have been allowed to help build, first as a player then as an assistant coach. The players I have coached and my fellow teammates will always remain memorable to me. I will be forever grateful for the commitment they made to me, our program, our coaching staff and Trevecca. Trevecca will always remain special to me, and I know the program will continue be successful. We have achieved some great things during my time at Trevecca, and I am proud of our work on the field and in the class room. I wish Trevecca and our baseball program nothing but the best."
In his comments about Burton's resignation, Trevecca president Dr. Dan Boone noted the successes achieved during Burton's tenure: "Coach Burton is one of our own. As a Trevecca baseball player, assistant coach, graduate, and head baseball coach, he has demonstrated success."
Trevecca's director of athletics Brenda Patterson said, "Jonathan has provided our program with leadership on the field of play but also in the classroom. Fifteen of his 26 players this season were selected as TranSouth Scholar-Athletes. He has raised the bar for the caliber of student-athletes in our baseball program. He has also maintained our highly respected baseball program on the field over the last three years."
Patterson says the next baseball coach will have an established program to build upon: "The Trevecca baseball program has a rich tradition and 18 returning players for next season. We have already begun what will be an exhaustive search to find a strong leader to carry on that tradition and lead our young men."
Current assistant coach Matt Thomas has been named the interim baseball program director. He is the contact person during the interim period between head coaches.
All baseball questions, including recruits, should be directed to Coach Thomas. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His phone number is 615.248.1276
During the 2010-2011 season, Burton led his Trojans to a second place finish in the TranSouth Athletic Conference, finishing 18-6 in conference play. The team finished 35-22 overall, and went 19-11 against ranked teams, including a series win at defending NAIA World Series champion Cumberland University.
During his three seasons, Trevecca players piled up numerous athletic and academic awards. Those honors include NAIA Scholar-Athlete (5), TranSouth Scholar-Athlete (26), NAIA All-American First Team (1), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (1), TranSouth Player of the Year (1), TranSouth All-Conference First Team (9), TranSouth All-Conference Second Team (5), TranSouth Rawlings Gold Glove Team (4), TranSouth Player of the Week (7), TranSouth Pitcher of the Week (9), NAIA Pitcher of the Week (1)
Burton's 2009-10 team finished the season 29-23, including 7-13 in conference play. In his first season, he led the team to a second-place (14-7) finish in the 2009 TranSouth Conference regular season race and to the 2009 TSAC Tournament Championship game. It was the third straight year for the Trojans to reach the conference finals.
In 2009 Tim Dunn was named an NAIA First Team All-American and TranSouth Conference Player of the Year. It was only the second time a pitcher has been selected for that award. Chris Lowe was named honorable mention All-American. Wesley Griggs was named NAIA Pitcher of the Week during the season.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Trevecca, Burton was the Trojans' top assistant for two years. Prior to serving as the top assistant, he served as an assistant, recruiting, and maintaining all the outdoor athletic facilities at Trevecca. Burton served as a graduate assistant at Trevecca in 2005.
Burton, from Smith County in Tennessee, transferred to Trevecca after a two-year stay at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tenn.
Burton had an inspiring career as a player prior to his coaching career. He pitched at Trevecca from 2001-2004, returning from Tommy John surgery in 2004 and to post a career-best 8-1 record with a 3.93 ERA. Burton finished his Trojan career with a 13-10 overall record. After the devastating arm injury, he spent a year helping the Trojans as a scout and essentially starting his coaching career. Burton had a memorable and gutsy performance against Birmingham Southern in 2001, throwing a complete game and picking up the win in a 4-2 decision against the eventual national champions.