FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich announced today the hiring of Dan Burton as assistant coach, filling the need for a recruiting coordinator on Bakich’s first coaching staff at Maryland.
Burton comes to Maryland after spending one season as a volunteer assistant at Austin Peay, where he coached the outfielders, served as assistant hitting instructor, and ran the strength and conditioning program.
"Dan Burton is one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in college baseball," said Bakich. "He is a tireless worker and his relentless energy will produce immediate results on the recruiting trail and towards our goal of winning an ACC Championship. I am extremely excited to have Dan on our coaching staff and look forward to his development in becoming one of the nation’s best recruiters."
After a successful playing career at the University of Louisville, Burton began his coaching career as a student assistant with the Cardinals in 2008. That year, he helped guide Louisville to a NCAA Regional berth and a 41-21 record.
In his four-year playing career, Burton was a first baseman and outfielder, and was an integral part of the team that advanced to the 2007 College World Series his senior season. In Omaha, Burton went 4-for-13, including a three-run home run in a win over Mississippi State. He helped the team set a number of school records including most wins (47), first NCAA Tournament win, first Regional Championship, first Super Regional Championship and first College World Series appearance.
Burton finished his career with a .287 batting average, posting 231 hits and 141 RBI. He finished ranked fourth all-time in games played (225), fifth in career at-bats (806), and seventh in doubles (48). As a senior, he posted career bests in batting average (.309), home runs (8), RBI (57), and stolen bases (21).
Burton received his degree in Computer Information Systems from Louisville in 2008. He played professionally for a season and a half with the Evansville Otters of the Independent Frontier League.