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Leon Burtnett

Leon Burtnett

American football coach
Leon Burtnett
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Intro American football coach
Is Football Coach American football coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 30 May 1943, Meade
Age 77 years
The details


Leon Burtnett (born May 30, 1943) is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Purdue University from 1982 to 1986, compiling a record of 21–34–1.
In November 1981, Burtnett was promoted as Purdue's 30th head football coach. 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. The 1984 squad's 7–4 record earned Burtnett the Big Ten Coach of the Year, leading the Boilermakers to the Peach Bowl His success that year earned him a contract extension through 1990. Burtnett's teams didn't improve after 1984, and after a 3–8 season in 1986, Burtnett resigned as head coach.
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
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

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Leon Burtnett who became NCAA head coaches:

  • Tim Brewster: Minnesota (2007–2010)
  • Bill Doba: Washington State (2003–2007)
  • Joe Tiller: Wyoming (1991–1996), Purdue (1997–2008)

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