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Sean Burdette recently completed his third year as an assistant coach with the Ole Miss volleyball program. He joined the Rebels as an assistant coach in 2011 following a three-year stint as the head coach at Bradley University and has brought a wealth of coaching experience with him to the program.
Burdette has coached at many different levels and stops throughout his career. Prior to his most recent time as the head coach at Bradley, he served as a top assistant at Ohio State. He also has made coaching stops at Towson, Pittsburgh and Ohio-Dominican.
In his third season with Ole Miss, Burdette helped lead a young Ole Miss team that saw improvement from the beginning of the year to the final match. Freshman setter Aubrey Edie tallied the most assists by a Rebel in her rookie year during the rally scoring era (playing to 25), and freshman right side hitter Melanie Crow finished second on the team in kills in conference play.
Middle blocker Nakeyta Clair highlighted the year with one of the best blocking seasons in program history during the rally scoring era. Clair tallied a single-season program record 105 block assists and 130 total blocks, and had the second most solo blocks in a single year with 25.
In his second year with the Rebels, Burdette helped mentor Clair and Ty Laporte, two of the top middle blockers in the Southeastern Conference. The two SEC All-Freshman Team selections led Ole Miss in blocks, and were two of the Rebels' top kills leaders over the last half of the conference schedule.
In his first season with the Rebels, Burdette helped coach middle blocker Regina Thomas to first team All-Region and honorable mention All-America honors.
Burdette's teams excelled in the classroom throughout his tenure at Bradley and his program was recognized for having a 100 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate in October. The team earned its sixth consecutive American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award this past summer by posting a 3.48 grade point average during the 2009-10 academic year and all 15 Braves earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director's Honor Roll by recording a minimum 3.0 semester GPA in at least one of the two grading periods last year, including 11 players who earned the distinction in both the fall and spring terms.
A 1997 graduate of Ohio Dominican and native of Silver Spring, Md., Burdette helped Ohio State to a 101-54 (.652) overall record and 56-44 (.560) Big Ten mark. The Buckeyes camps coordinator, he was also the main recruiter for Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania and the Eastern part of the United States.
Ohio State posted a 30-4 overall record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2004 after finishing second in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes were ranked sixth in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of 2004 and followed that up with a 22-9 overall record and second round NCAA Tournament appearance in addition to a third place Big Ten finish in 2005.
Burdette helped Ohio State to a 25-8 overall record and fourth place finish in the Big Ten, while advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes finished the 2005 and 2006 seasons ranked 23rd and 16th, respectively, in the final AVCA poll.
Burdette helped lure three top-20 recruiting classes according to prepvolleyball.com, including the fourth ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2004. During his time in Columbus, Ohio, he helped train the AVCA National Co-Player of the Year in Stacey Gordon. Burdette also coached seven AVCA All-Americans, one Big Ten Player of the Year, eight All-Big Ten First-Team selections and three All-Big Ten Freshman honorees.
Prior to joining the Ohio State coaching staff, Burdette was Associate Head Coach at Towson University from 2000 through the 2003 season. The Tigers won the 2001 America East Conference regular-season title, finishing the season with a 28-4 record and boasting the highest season winning percentage in school history. Towson went on to post a 23-10 record in Burdette's final season, marking the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in program history since the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
After graduating from Ohio Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Visual Communications, Burdette was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh for three seasons. He served as the recruiting coordinator for his final two seasons at Pitt, where he helped the Panthers to two Big East Tournament appearances.
While completing work toward his degree, Burdette spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's volleyball team at Ohio State during the 1996 season. The Buckeyes finished with a 27-6 record and finished third in the Big Ten en route to a NCAA Regional Semi-Finalist appearance.
Burdette also served as head coach for the women's collegiate club team at Ohio State from 1995-97, where led his squad to a semifinal finish in the 1997 National Collegiate Club Volleyball Championship. He also spent two seasons as the head coach for the men's club team at Ohio State, guiding his squads to consecutive "Sweet Sixteen" finishes in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Volleyball Championships.
He ventured into coaching at the high school level at Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he was freshman and junior varsity head coach in addition to assistant varsity coach from 1993-95.
A member of the Ohio State men's club team for four years, Burdette was team captain his final season. He helped the Buckeyes to a No. 2 national ranking, a MIVA Championship and Big Ten title in 1993.
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