Blake Burdette

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Blake Burdette (born January 19, 1980 in Minneapolis) is a rugby coach and former American rugby union hooker or prop. He was a member of the United States national rugby union team and made his international debut in 2006 against Uruguay.[1] Burdette played for the USA Eagles in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[2] Currently, he is the head coach of the Pennsylvania State University Men's Rugby Team.

In 2002, Burdette played as a University of Utah football walk-on.[3] In his senior year, Burdette was nicknamed the 'Utah Man' on the campus' football team.[4] Burdette played every game in the 2004 season for the Utah Utes football team, and played for the Utes as an 4x All-American rugby player (2003-2006), before dedicating his time to playing professional rugby in England.[4][5] His England rugby career lasted only one season due to injury.[3]


In 2007, Burdette joined the Utah Utes rugby team as assistant coach, taking over as head coach in 2009, but resigned after the team was suspended for misuse of branding.[6]

In 2015, Burdette was hired as head coach of The Pennsylvania State University's Men's Rugby Team.[7] Burdette is the first full-time, university employed head coach in the history of PSU Rugby.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "USA PEN-PICS". PA Newswire: Sport News. August 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2007". The Courier Mail. Australia. September 7, 2007. pp. Sport; 74. 
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Pace (November 15, 2007). "Ex-Ute leaves football for rugby". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Hugh (May 1, 2013). "Burdette resigns as Utah rugby coach". Deseret News. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Tight end leaving Utah to play rugby". The Associated Press State & Local Wire. August 2, 2005. 
  6. ^ Payson, Richard (April 3, 2013). "Utah rugby suspended over misuse of University of Utah brand". The Daily Utah Chronicle. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Penn State Names Burdette, Daley As Head Coaches". This Is American Rugby News. Retrieved 9/8/2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)