UNIVERSITY CENTER -- Saginaw Valley State University head football coach Jim Collins has announced the addition of Drew Burton as the team's Offsensive Line Coach. Burton has joined the program for the current semester, beginning his duties in early January.
"We are excited for Drew Burton to join our staff as our new offensive line coach," said Collins. " I have had the opportunity to follow his coaching career and he has made a tremendous impact as a coach and a leader at his previous stops. He cares for the student-athletes he coaches, he is a teacher, a great technician and has an outstanding mind for the game."
Burton comes to SVSU from Alma College, where he spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach and helped the Scots improve in almost every offensive category. The 2016 squad produced one of Alma's most prolific ground games in school history, as the Scots posted the fourth-best rushing total in the history of the program and tied with school record with 28 rushing TDs. During the 2015 campaign, Alma racked up over 4,000 yards of total offense, become the 11th team in school history to accomplish the feat. Burton's offensive line also paved the way for the ninth-best rushing total for an Alma College back in school history.
Prior to joining the Alma staff, Burton spent four seasons (2010-13) coaching the offensive line at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During his final season in 2013, the Pointers averaged 399.8 yards per game, the highest total for UWSP since 2004. When Burton arrived in 2010, he helped the Pointers to improvements in a number of offensive categories. He also mentored six different players that earned All-WIAC honors, including one that was selected to play in the 2011 Aztec Bowl, the premier NCAA Division III all-star game.
Before his stint at UWSP, Burton spent one season (2009) as the varsity defensive line and offensive line coach for Grand Haven High School.
As a player, Burton was an offensive guard from 2003-06 at Grand Valley State University, seeing action in 43 games, including 17 starts. As a sophomore, Burton was a part of the 2003 squad that won the NCAA Division II championship and played in all 15 games. He also spent two years (2001-02) at the University of Idaho before transferring to GVSU.
Following college, Burton played for the Muskegon Thunder professional indoor football team in 2008 and 2009.
A 2006 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Burton also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012. He is currently working on a master's degree in sports psychology at the University of Idaho.
Burton and his wife, Tracy, reside in Alma, Mich., with their daughter, Kinley.
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