E-mail coach Burton at email@example.comDan Burton is in his third season as an assistant coach at Maryland, where he is responsible for directing the Terrapins' recruiting efforts, in addition to coaching the outfielders and serving as the assistant hitting instructor.
Burton has quickly established himself as one of the nation's top recruiters, hauling in the first nationally-ranked class in Maryland history in 2010. That class of 22 recruits, including 13 freshmen and nine junior-college transfers, was ranked No. 25 by Baseball America. Six of the players Burton helped sign to letters of intent were taken in the MLB Draft and four of them chose to forego their collegiate eligibility to sign pro contracts.
In 2011, Burton helped sign another group that received national accolades. Two of Maryland's signees from that class were selected in the draft - K.J. Hockaday and Andrew Amaro - and both chose to come to Maryland rather than sign professional contracts.
Maryland's 2012 class, which includes 12 signees, is also receiving national attention as it is currently ranked in the top 25 by Perfect Game.
Prior to coming to Maryland, Burton spent the 2009 season at Austin Peay where he coached the outfielders and served as assistant hitting instructor. He also created and ran the strength and conditioning programs.
During his four-year playing career at the University of Louisville, Burton was a first baseman and outfielder. During his senior season he was an integral part of the team that advanced to the 2007 College World Series. In Omaha, Burton went 4-for-13, including a three-run home run that propelled the Cardinals to a win over Mississippi State. In Louisville's 2007 postseason, Burton hit .314 in 51 at-bats.
Burton also helped the 2007 Cardinal squad set several school records: most wins (47), first NCAA Tournament win, first regional championship, first super regional championship and first College World Series appearance.
During his senior campaign, Burton batted third for the Cardinals and posted career bests in batting average (.309), home runs (8), RBIs (57) and stolen bases (21) en route to earning All-Regional and second-team All-BIG EAST honors.
As a junior in 2006, Burton was named Big East Player of the Week in February after going 11-for-21 at the plate. He hit .300 that season and was one of two players to start all 60 games for the Cards.
During his freshman year, he was named to the Conference USA all-freshman team. Burton was named to Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects list in the Clark Griffith Baseball League in the summer prior to joining the Cardinals.
All told, he finished his career with a .287 batting average, posting 231 hits and 141 RBIs, and ranks fourth in Louisville history in games played (225), fifth in career at-bats (806), seventh in doubles (48), and was hit by a pitch 37 times, good for third in Louisville history.
Burton also was successful in the classroom, receiving second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District recognition as a senior.
After completing his college career, Burton played a season and a half of professional baseball with the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. In 120 games, he had 114 hits, 20 doubles, 11 home runs, 45 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
He then returned to Louisville in 2008 to serve as a student assistant and helped guide the Cardinals to a second straight NCAA Regional berth and a 41-21 record. Burton received his degree in computer information systems from Louisville in 2008.