The statement that comes to mind when I think of the team is - 'Working hard and loving it.' These guys are not only the most talented group I have ever coached but one of the most fun to be around. We have fun at practice. Their effort and enthusiasm level make it fun. This team will succeed because of their attitude.
Fourth year ssistant women’s tennis coach Brian Burdette has quickly made a mark with the Florida State women’s tennis program. His dedication and diverse tennis background has provided a new dimension to an already successful women’s program.
Before joining the Florida State staff, Burdette was head coach at Central Alabama Community College for three years. In each year of Burdette’s tenure at Central Alabama Community College, he produced a Top 25 finish for both the men’s and women’s teams, with rankings as high as third and sixth, respectively. During the 1998 season, All-American Thato Kgosimore and Rian Greaves won the ITA Rolex Southeastern Championships and Central Alabama Community College earned a fourth overall doubles finish at the National Small College Championships.
The 1999 season delivered another ITA Rolex Southeastern Regional Double Championship from Amanda Umphrey and Shannon Johnson and an eighth overall finish at the National Small College Championships. In addition, Burdette’s coaching produced four players ranked in the Top 25 nationally.
“Brian loves the sport and he loves to teach,” raved head coach Lise Gregory. “His enthusiasm is contagious and the team responds to him in a very positive way. I look forward to working with him for a long time and to making this one of the premier programs in the country.”
Burdette also spent time as an assistant coach for an Auburn University women’s team that posted back-to-back Top 25 finishes. The 1995-96 season produced an NCAA National Championship appearance. Burdette has also been an instructor for several years at the Florida Gator, Clemson Tiger and Auburn Tiger tennis camps.
Burdette also served as Auburn’s Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports and Tennis Director of PARD for the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department. During his tenure at CACC, Burdette was a member of the NJCCA Southeast Regional Ranking Committee.
Burdette received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and history from Auburn University in 1995, graduating magna cum laude. He continued his education at Auburn and received his master’s degree in 1998 in mathematics education. Burdette and his wife Kelli have a son Austin, who turned three in December.