Leon Burtnett

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Leon Burtnett
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Safeties
Team Montana
Conference Conference USA
Biographical details
Born (1943-05-30) May 30, 1943 (age 71)
Meade, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1966
1967–1968
1969
1970
1971
1972–1973
1974–1975
1976
1977–1981
1982–1986
1987–1991
1994–1995
1996–1998
1999–2001
2003–2007
2008-2010
2011
2012-present
Mt. Hope HS (KS)
Sterling HS (KS)
Colorado State (GA)
Montana State (DB)
Washington State (DB)
Wyoming (DB)
San Jose State (LB)

Michigan State (LB)
Purdue (DC)
Purdue
Indianapolis Colts (RB)
Fresno State (DC)
Northeast Louisiana (DC)
Arkansas State (DC)
Washington State (LB)
Houston (LB)
Houston(DFO)
Montana(Safeties)
Head coaching record
Overall 21–34–1
Bowls 0–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1984)

Leon Burtnett (born May 30, 1943) is an assistant football coach at the University of Houston and was the head football coach at Purdue University from 1982 to 1986.

In November 1981, Burtnett was promoted as Purdue's 30th head football coach.[1] During the 1984 campaign, Burtnett's team posted its best season, in which the highlight of the year was beating number 2 Ohio State 28–23.[2] The 1984 squad's 7–4 record earned Burtnett the Big Ten Coach of the Year, leading the Boilermakers to the Peach Bowl[3] His success that year earned him a contract extension through 1990.[4] Burtnett's teams didn't improve after 1984, and after a 3–8 season in 1986, Burtnett resigned as head coach.[5]

Burtnett has been an assistant coach for several schools, including Washington State University, San Jose State University, Michigan State University, Montana State University, Fresno State University, Colorado State University, Northeast Louisiana University, and Arkansas State University. In addition, Burtnett was an assistant under Ron Meyer with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1982–1986)
1982 Purdue 3–8 3–6 7th
1983 Purdue 3–7–1 3–5–1 6th
1984 Purdue 7–5 6–3 T–2nd L Peach
1985 Purdue 5–6 3–5 7th
1986 Purdue 3–8 2–6 T–8th
Purdue: 21–34–1 17–25–1
Total: 21–34–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burtnett New Purdue Coach". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 23, 1981. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Burtnett cheers Purdue to upset". The Bryan Times. October 11, 1984. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Burtnett Best In the Big Ten". The Argus-Press. December 4, 1984. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Army picks Young". Star-News. December 31, 1982. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Burtnett Decides To Give Up Purdue Coaching Post". Ocala Star-Banner. November 7, 1986. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 

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