Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brian Burton was hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in February 2014, and will work primarily with the men's and women's swimming and diving, women's basketball and volleyball programs. Burton spent the last three years as the strength and conditioning coach at Park Vista High School in Palm Beach County, Fla. While at Park Vista, Burton helped change the layout of the weight room and was integral in the purchasing of newer and more effective equipment.
Burton previously worked as interim head strength and conditioning coordinator at Western Carolina University, where he oversaw varsity athletes in 14 Division I sports. While at WCU, Burton implemented physical development and flexibility programs to enhance strength, acceleration, change of direction and power development. He also designed injury prevention and rehabilitation techniques for his student-athletes, and helped the school to eight Southern Conference championships.
The native of Boynton Beach, Fla. also was head strength & conditioning coordinator at Trinity International University, where he advised student-athletes on proper strength and conditioning techniques and strategies. He also provided guidance in nutrition and safety for in-season and out-of-season conditioning programs.
Burton is certified by the USA Weightlifting, the American Red Cross for CPR/First Aid/AED and is affiliated with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is in the process of obtaining certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Burton earned his bachelor's degree in general studies with concentrations in physiology, psychology and science & technology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill. in 2006. He was an All-American defensive lineman for the TIU football team and spent a brief stint as a professional football player. Burton resides in Springfield.