FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jack Burtonwho spent the past two seasons at the University of Dayton, has been named an assistant coach of the FGCU Volleyball Program, as announced by the head coach Matt Botsford Today.
“I am absolutely honored to participate in the Florida Gulf Coast Volleyball program. My wife Cori and I would like to say a big thank you Ken Kavanagh, Matt Botsfordand Kate Morell for the opportunity to be part of the Eagle troop,” said Burton. “I also want to thank all the incredible mentors who have helped shape my career over the years. I am very excited to work with the student athletes, administration, and the entire staff of FGCU. I can’t wait to build on the successes of the program and help it reach new heights!”
Burton was a volunteer assistant coach with the nationally ranked Flyers during the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. He helped go UD 40-8 with two Atlantic 10 Championship titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. His primary focus was attack/setter training, film analysis and scouting, recruiting and summer camp coaching outside of his in-game responsibilities.
In his two seasons with the Flyers, Dayton took the top AVCA ranking at number 26 and was one of the top-ranked offenses and defenses in the country. He helped train two AVCA All-Americans, three first-team selections for all regions, two A-10 Athletes of the Year, two A-10 Setters of the Year, two Players of the Year, a Libero of the Year and nine Allen. – Atlantic 10 honorary members.
“We are so excited to welcome Jack to the FGCU Volleyball family. From the very beginning of the interview process, I was very impressed with his knowledge of the game, his ability to convey ideas and his overall passion for teaching young student athletes,” Botsford said. “Having seen him in action with our own players, he is an amazingly gifted young coach who understands the meaning of every interaction within the gym. His priority is very clear to make the people around him better and he has the gift to do just that.” Jack will be an integral part of what we continue to build here and I look forward to the positive contributions he will undoubtedly make.”
Burton, a graduate of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, played in 63 outside hitter games for the Lopes men’s volleyball team. He was elected team captain for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. As a freshman, he was named a member of the MIVA Academic All-Conference team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis on sports performance training from GCU in 2020.
Born in Bolingbrook, Illinois, Burton played for Naperville Central High School, where he was a three-year varsity starter, was named Illinois All-State in 2014 and 2015 and tallied more than 1,000 career kills. A two-time captain and member of the National Honor Society, he holds the Naperville Central record in kills and aces.
In addition, he played club for Sports Performance Volleyball starting with the 15’s team through the 18’s team and qualified for four open USAV nationals, finishing 5th among USAV nationals. He was named to the USAV 18 open division all-tournament team among nationals.
He joins the Flyers after serving as an Assistant Coach for Boys, 16N-RL for Prestige Volleyball Arizona from 2019-20. He served as a summer coach at the GCU All-Ability Men’s Volleyball Camp.
He was the Boys 17 Assistant Coach for Club 1 Boy’s Volleyball in Plainfield, Illinois. That squad qualified and finished 13th at the USAV Nationals at the 2016 Indoor Open and was also AAU National Champions.
The Eagles are coming out of a historic season in which FGCU set an overall record of 27-6 en route to the ASUN Championship title and a place in the NCAA tournament. In the first round of the NCAA, the Greens and Blues managed to rally past Texas Tech, but fell to eventual Wisconsin National Champion in the second round. The championship title and NCAA berth marked the second time in program history (2018) for the Eagles to achieve both.
The 27 wins tied the program record alongside the 2016 and 2018 teams, while FGCU also placed its best-ever RPI at number 31 over the course of the year. In the past five seasons, the Eagles have won the 12e the most wins of any team in the country with 144, which is more than Stanford, Penn State and Washington but just behind Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The Eagles will return 12 veterans this coming season, including three of their top five-point producers.
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Matt Botsford ended his eighth season as the head coach of the FGCU women’s volleyball program in 2021 after being hired on February 10, 2014. 20 (.827) in ASUN view. Including last year’s unprecedented spring season, he has taken the program to heights it has not seen in the Division I era (2007-present) – racking up a total of at least 20 wins in six of the past seven seasons and at least 10 wins in conference play each season. In 2018, he led the program to its first regular season championship since 2012 (fourth overall) and its first-ever ASUN tournament title, NCAA tournament appearance, NCAA tournament win and victory over a ranked team. His first two campaigns resulted in a second-place finish in ASUN’s regular season, and the next two saw the Eagles advance to the tournament championship and now the team has won three consecutive regular season titles, including a division title and second place in the ASUN tournament. into the Spring 2021 season. On September 10, 2016, Botsford led his team to a five-set win over Indiana at Alico Arena, marking the program’s first-ever win over a team at a Power-5 conference. In 2018, he led the team to a win over Miami (Fla.) – the program’s first-ever Power 5 win, and the Eagles followed that up with an outright win over the Hurricanes in a neutral venue in 2019.
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FGCU teams have collectively won an incredible 87 regular conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 43 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved a top 25 nationally in their respective sports – including Women’s Basketball (No. 25, 2021-22), Beach Volleyball (No. 20, 2021), and both Men’s Soccer (2018, 2019) and Women’s Soccer (2018) as well as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues took a division best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 nationally, for several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018/19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the top seven teams from the state of Florida earned the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their academic advancement in their sports. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester, outperforming the general university undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 each reached a new milestone as all 15 programs in each achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also put in a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017—and were recognized as one of two runner-up winners for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.