Burdette inherited a Bradley team that went 3-28 prior to his arrival as head coach in 2008, and was able to increase the program’s win totals in each of his first two seasons. He lowered the program’s NCAA RPI by nearly 50 spots by the time of his departure, and Bradley volleyball also saw more than 100 percent increases in average attendance in each of his three years at the helm.
Burdette’s teams excelled in the classroom during his time at Bradley, as his program was recognized for having a 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate. His teams also earned AVCA Team Academic Awards in all three seasons and posted an impressive 3.48 team grade-point average in 2009-10.
Burdette played a key role in leading the Ohio State’s perennial top-25 program to three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2003-08. As an assistant coach he was responsible for player development and recruitment, helping the Buckeyes to an Elite Eight in 2004, a Sweet 16 in 2006 and a Second Round showing in 2005. Burdette’s teams recorded 101 wins in five seasons, including a 30-4 mark during the 2004 run to the Elite Eight.
He was involved in assembling some of the nation’s top recruiting classes while at OSU, including the fourth-best class according to PrepVolleyball.com in 2004. Burdette mentored several national and Big Ten honorees, including the 2004 AVCA Player of the Year, Asics/Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. In total, Burdette worked with 13 All-Americans, eight All-Big Ten players and seven AVCA All-Region selections.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Burdette was the associate head coach at Towson from 2000-03. His Tigers won the 2001 American East Conference regular season championship, finishing with a 28-4 record while recording the highest winning percentage in school history. Towson went 23-10 in Burdette’s final season, marking the first back-to-back 20-win campaigns in program history since 1989-90.
Burdette spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh from 1997-00, serving as recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. He helped the Panthers to a pair of Big East Tournament appearances, including a trip to the finals in 1997, and worked with six All-Big East selections.
While completing work toward his degree, Burdette spent the 1996 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went 27-6, finished third in the Big Ten and advanced to the NCAA Regional Semifinals.
Burdette also played club volleyball for the Ohio State men’s team from 1990-93, as well as for the Buckeyes’ varsity team from 1989-90. He was team captain and a First Team All-Big Ten pick in 1993, helping lead his squad to a Big Ten Championship, a MIVA Championship and a No. 2 national ranking.
He went on to serve as head coach of both the men’s and women’s club teams at OSU, guiding the women to a semifinal finish in the 1997 National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship and the men to consecutive Sweet 16 finishes in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Volleyball Championships.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Burdette graduated from Ohio Dominican University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Visual Communications. He got his coaching start at the high school level at Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he was the freshman coach in addition to being a junior varsity and varsity assistant from 1993-95.
Burdette becomes the fifth head coach in the history of the Green Bay volleyball program, taking the reins after Michaela Franklin accepted the associate head coach position at Iowa last month.