Nigel Burton

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Nigel Burton
Biographical details
Born (1976-07-30) July 30, 1976 (age 42)
Sacramento, California
Playing career
1995Pacific (CA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000South Florida (GA)
2001–2002Portland State (DB)
2003–2007Oregon State (DB)
2008–2009Nevada (DC)
2010–2014Portland State
Head coaching record

Nigel Burton (born July 30, 1976) is an American football commentator for the Pac-12 television network and the former head coach for the Portland State Vikings college football team.

Playing career[edit]

Burton grew up in Sacramento where he attended Jesuit High School. He attended the University of the Pacific in 1995, but when the school eliminated its football program the following year, he transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree.[1] He played safety for both schools' football teams.[2] He earned all-academic honors from the Pacific-10 Conference three times at Washington and later earned a masters in business administration at the University of South Florida.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Burton's first coaching job was as a defensive assistant for South Florida in 2000. From 2001 to 2002, he coached defensive backs at Portland State, and then from 2003 to 2007, coached the secondary at Oregon State. In 2008, Burton was named defensive coordinator at Nevada.[2]

In 2009, Burton was selected to replace Jerry Glanville as the head coach at Portland State.[3] He became the second African American head football coach in school history after Ron Stratten, who coached in the early 1970s.[1] Burton was fired after the 2014 season and compiled an overall record of 21–36 during his tenure at Portland State.[4]

In 2015, Burton joined Pac-12 Networks as an analyst.[5]


Burton is married and has two children.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Portland State Vikings (Big Sky Conference) (2010–2014)
2010 Portland State 2–9 1–7 8th
2011 Portland State 7–4 5–3 T–3rd
2012 Portland State 3–8 2–6 T–11th
2013 Portland State 6–6 3–5 9th
2014 Portland State 3–9 2–6 T–10th
Portland State: 21–36 12–27
Total: 21–36


  1. ^ a b c d Beseda, Jim (December 8, 2009). "Portland State hires Nigel Burton as head football coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Nigel Burton bio". Portland State University. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Nevada's Burton named Portland St coach". December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Nigel Burton fired as Portland State Vikings football head coach after 5 seasons". The Oregonian. November 26, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ For Nigel Burton, TV work is an ideal way to be in the game while remaining in his beloved Portland