Former Aztec player Landon Burt joins the San Diego State baseball program this season as the team's Director of Baseball Operations. He will assist the program by handling routine administrative duties and will also be involved in the organization and coaching for the Aztec Baseball Camps along with Assistant Coach Joe Oliveira.
He assumes the position after serving as an assistant coach at nearby Point Loma Nazarene University under Head Coach Joe Schaefer. 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.
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.
Along the way 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 under Robert Craven and Rob Ralph. 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 31-year-old Burt received his bachelor's degree in public administration from San Diego in 2008. He is married (Kelley) and couple have two sons: Beckam (5) and Boston (1).