Leon Burtnett

Leon Burtnett

Leon Burtnett
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Safeties
Team Montana
Conference Conference USA
Biographical details
Born (1943-05-30) May 30, 1943
Meade, Kansas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1965–1966 Mt. Hope HS (KS)
1967–1968 Sterling HS (KS)
1969 Colorado State (GA)
1970 Montana State (DB)
1971 Washington State (DB)
1972–1973 Wyoming (DB)
1974–1975 San Jose State (LB)
1976 Michigan State (LB)
1977–1981 Purdue (DC)
1982–1986 Purdue
1987–1991 Indianapolis Colts (RB)
1994–1995 Fresno State (DC)
1996–1998 Northeast Louisiana (DC)
1999–2001 Arkansas State (DC)
2003–2007 Washington State (LB)
2008-2010 Houston (LB)
2011 Houston(DFO)
2012 Montana(Safeties)
Head coaching record
Overall 21–34–1
Bowls 0–1
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1984)

Leon Burtnett (born May 30, 1943) is a former assistant football coach and was the head football coach at Purdue University from 1982 to 1986.

In November 1981, Burtnett was promoted as Purdue's 30th head football coach.[1] During the 1984 campaign, Burtnett's team posted its best season, in which the highlight of the year was beating number 2 Ohio State 28–23.[2] The 1984 squad's 7–4 record earned Burtnett the Big Ten Coach of the Year, leading the Boilermakers to the Peach Bowl[3] His success that year earned him a contract extension through 1990.[4] Burtnett's teams didn't improve after 1984, and after a 3–8 season in 1986, Burtnett resigned as head coach.[5]

Burtnett has been an assistant coach for several schools, including Washington State University, San Jose State University, Michigan State University, Montana State University, Fresno State University, Colorado State University, Northeast Louisiana University, and Arkansas State University. In addition, Burtnett was an assistant under Ron Meyer with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL).

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1982–1986)
1982 Purdue 3–8 3–6 7th
1983 Purdue 3–7–1 3–5–1 6th
1984 Purdue 7–5 6–3 T–2nd L Peach
1985 Purdue 5–6 3–5 7th
1986 Purdue 3–8 2–6 T–8th
Purdue: 21–34–1 17–25–1
Total: 21–34–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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External links

  • Houston Cougars profile