Head Coach |
Jonathan Burton as the head coach of the Trevecca Trojan baseball program for three seasons. From 2008-2011 he led the team to a 99-68 overall record while his Trojans were 39-26 in TranSouth Conference play.
During the 2010-2011 season Burton led his Trojans to a second place finish in the TranSouth Athletic Conference for the second time in three years. Trevecca was 18-6 in conference play. The team recorded a 35-22 record with a series win at defending NAIA World Series champion Cumberland University. The Trojans were 19-11 against ranked teams during the season. Burton was named the 2011 TranSouth Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. One additional notable accomplishment, the team played 15 of its 26 players on the TranSouth Scholar-Athlete team.
During his three seasons Trevecca players piled up numerous athletic and academic awards. Those honors are: 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, the 2008-2009 season, Burton led TNU to a second place (14-7) finish in the TranSouth Conference regular season race. The team also reached the TSAC Tournament Championship game. The third straight year for the Trojans to reach the conference finals.
The 2009 team was honored with several postseason honors. Tim Dunn was named an NAIA First Team All-American and the 2009 TranSouth Conference Player of the Year. It is just 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 under Chris Collins. He also previously served former Trojan mentor Jeff Forehand 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. Burton, who pitched at Trevecca from 2001-2004, returned from Tommy John surgery in 2004 and posted a career-best 8-1 record with a 3.93 ERA, compiling a career record of 13-10. 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. He threw the complete game, picking up the win in a 4-2 decision against the eventual national champions.
Jonathan resides in Hermitage, Tenn.