Coach Profile: Matt Burdette


Matt Burdette is approaching his nineteenth year as the head baseball coach at Kenyon, making him one of the longest tenured members of the athletics department. He has a long history of involvement with collegiate baseball, dating back to his days as a player for Kenyon’s NCAC rival, The College of Wooster. We asked Burdette a few questions in order to get to know this staple of Kenyon athletics a little better.

When did you become interested in coaching baseball?
After playing collegiately, I knew I wanted to stay involved in some field of collegiate athletics.  I thought event management, administration or sports information were the logical spots for me. I received a GA [Graduate Assistant] position in coaching while doing my master’s work and the rest is history.
How did you get involved with coaching at Kenyon?
Finishing up my master’s degree involved doing an internship. Kenyon offered one in coaching baseball and athletic administration. After a lengthy interview process I was offered the opportunity to intern at
Kenyon. After finishing up my master’s a year later, I was then offered the Head Coaching position at Kenyon.
What’s your favorite part of being a coach at Kenyon?
I really enjoy the interaction with the student-athletes. [They’re] intelligent kids from all over the nation, passionate about baseball but also knowledgable about many other things.  To me that is the joy of coaching baseball at Kenyon.
Are there any moments that stand out from your career here?
1998 – We beat #1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan on the way to setting the then-school record for wins that year.
2006 – First time [we were] nationally ranked, eventually setting the school record for wins that season.
2009 – Playing for conference championship, defeating eventual national runner-up, Wooster, three times that season.
2012 – 1st ever NCAC Eastern Division championship and tying the school record for wins.
The memorable moments always involve seeing the student-athletes really excited about their performances.
What’s your favorite childhood TV show?
Cops and sci-fi were my favorite themes, so I didn’t miss an episode of Hill Street Blues or Battlestar Galactica.

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