SANTEE, Calif. – The San Diego Christian College Baseball program has hired Landon Burt as the Associate Head Coach and Director Baseball Operations effective immediately.
Burt was the Director of Baseball Operations at San Diego State last year.
He assisted the program with routine administrative duties and coached for the Aztec Baseball Camps.
"Landon brings a great blend of energy and experience to our baseball program," SDC Athletic Director Kyle Ferguson said. "In addition to his baseball acumen, Landon's focus on discipleship of his players is key to our future success."
Previously, Burt was as an assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene University. During his season with the Sea Lions he coached the outfielders and served as the first base coach. He was also in charge of base running and assisted with the program's recruiting.
Prior to his time at Point Loma Nazarene, he was the assistant coach at local Del Norte High School where he coached with former SDSU teammate Reilly Embrey from 2009 to 2011.
"Landon adds a special dynamic to our coaching staff with what he's achieved and accomplished," SDC Head Baseball coach Chris Bando said. "He played and coached at San Diego State under Coach Tony Gwynn. As a walk on player at San Diego State, his passion, determination, work ethic and talent led to being drafted in the MLB.
"His energy and professional experience will be a huge asset to our players and to the baseball program. More importantly, Landon has a love for Christ and a desire to build godly character into our student/athletes, for the glory of God."
Burt played four seasons of baseball at San Diego State where he was the regular starter in left field his final two years. He finished with a career batting average of .333 as an Aztec including a season-high .386 mark as a sophomore when he was named SDSU's Most Improved Player.
He was named to the all-Mountain West Conference team in 2004 and was a two-time all-tournament selection at the annual Mountain West Conference Tournament. He was also chosen the team's Top Defensive Player during his senior campaign. During his final year at SDSU he led the Aztecs in triples, runs scored and stolen bases while hitting .377 in league play.
During his time at San Diego State, he set the single-game and season records for being hit by pitch and still ranks among the all-time career top 20 in that category as well as in walks. As a senior, he was a member of the squad that played the first-ever game at Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres. He stole the first base and scored the first in the history of that facility in the Aztec's 3-0 win over Houston
Burt was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 27th round of the Major League draft in 2004. He played for that organization for two seasons as he competed with Elizabethtown in the Appalachian League and Beloit in the Midwest League.
Burt attended La Quinta High School in La Quinta, Calif., where he played three years of baseball as an outfielder. He earned all-Desert League honors his final two seasons as well as a team MVP award. He was also a two-year letter winner as a guard for the La Quinta basketball squad.
The 32-year-old Burt received his bachelor's degree in public administration from San Diego in 2008. He is married to his wife Kelley and they have two sons, Beckam (6) and Boston (2).