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Shane Burnham Completes Coaching Staff

Release: 02/19/2009
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AMES, Iowa - Shane Burnham will be joining his father on the Iowa State football coaching staff. Shane, who was the linebackers/defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator at Elon the last four seasons, will work with ISU’s defensive tackles under his father Wally. The elder Burnham is coming to Iowa State as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Cyclone head coach Paul Rhoads made the announcement Thursday.

“In all of our hires, in addition to their position assignments, I was looking for individuals who have recruited certain areas of the country,” Rhoads said. “Shane fits what we needed on the defensive side of the ball and in recruiting background. I liked that he has coached all positions in the front seven. In addition to on-field success, Shane has recruited well on the west coast of Florida.  He recruited a significant number of players on the current Elon roster. The pieces all fit.”

Elon finished the season ranked 19th in the final FCS coaches poll. The Phoenix were third in the Southern Conference and 29th nationally in total defense, allowing 388.9 net yards per contest. Elon landed second in the conference and 30th in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 21.3 points per performance.

“I am looking forward to the chance to work with Paul Rhoads,” Shane Burnham said. “I was aware of what he accomplished as a defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh and Auburn. The chance to coach at Iowa State in the Big 12 Conference and the opportunity to work with my father turned this chance into a perfect storm for me.”

Elon was strong in special teams under Burnham. Senior kicker Andrew Wilcox led the FCS in field goals with 1.83 made per game. He was ranked third in the SoCon and 18th nationally in scoring with 8.25 points per performance. Senior Bo Williamson led the conference and ranked 21st in the country with 25.33 yards per kickoff return.

Burnham joined the Phoenix staff for the 2005 season after serving at The Citadel as a linebackers coach in 2004. At Elon, he coached current Jacksonville Jaguar Chad Nkang to SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and All-America honors.

As special teams coordinator, Burnham saw the Elon punt return unit rank 17th nationally by averaging 11.93 yards per return in 2007.  Senior Michael Mayers, a first-team All-SoCon selection as a return specialist, ranked seventh in the country by averaging 28.77 yards per kickoff return that fall.

Previously, Burnham was a linebackers coach at Richmond for four years (1998, 2001-03). While there, he coached All-Atlantic 10 Conference selections Adrian Archie and Mark Thompson. He also helped the Spiders claim a conference title and an NCAA I-AA playoff berth during his tenure.

A 1998 graduate of South Carolina, Burnham earned a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science while collecting four varsity letters for the Gamecocks’ football team. The two-year starter was named his team’s most outstanding inside linebacker as both a junior and a senior.

During his senior campaign, Burnham served his squad as a captain and was honored to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. Also as a senior, the three-time Academic All-SEC choice received his team’s leadership award and was named the Honda/Jefferson-Pilot Scholar-Athlete of the Week for his performance in games against both Kentucky and Auburn.

Shane Burnham is married to the former Meagan Drolet, a former swimmer at Virginia Tech. 

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