Brian Burton joined the Lamar coaching staff in June, after spending the previous three seasons at Abilene Christian University. Burton brings nearly 10 years of coaching experience to Beaumont, which includes a successful stint in the junior college ranks and one season at Utah.
"Coach Burton a rising star with a high ceiling," said Price. "I believe he has a great future ahead of him. Brian has the ability to relate well to players. One of the things I liked about him is that he is a tireless worker on the court and on the recruiting trail. He has a great eye for talent."
For the previous two seasons Burton was the lead assistant at ACU under head coach Joe Golding. During that time, Burton helped oversee the program's transition from the NCAA Division II level to Division I status. Burton helped produce one the program's best seasons in 2011 where the Wildcats quadrupled their conference win total from the previous year.
Burton was named ACU's recruiting coordinator in his final season in Abilene, where he helped assemble a class that consisted of three top 50 players from the state of Texas. Two of those players would continue their playing careers at the next level.
Prior to his stint in Abilene, Burton spent one season as an assistant for player development under Jim Boylen at the University of Utah. During his time Salt Lake City, Burton was responsible for earning the commitment from one of the top 10 players from the state of Texas.
Burton had five years of coaching experience from the junior college ranks before making the move to the NCAA. He recorded stops at Richland College, Collin College, Paris Junior College and Midland College before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. Burton left a paper trail of success during his times in the juco ranks. During those five seasons, his schools accumulated more than 100 wins (.761 winning percentage), three national rankings, including two in the top 10, and two conference championships.
In addition to the team success, Burton's players received individual recognition for their work on the court. Due to Burton's recruiting efforts, he has helped produce 22 NCAA Division I signees, 17 all-conference selections, two All-Americans and two Academic All-Americans.
Burton has also been invited to work at some of the countries more prestigious camps throughout his career. Those camps include Point Guard College, Texas Prep Basketball School, Reebok Breakout Camp, Reebok Headliner Camp, Jon Lucas Middle School Combine, Texas Elite Camp, Utah Elite Camp and the Five Star Basketball Camp.
Burton received his bachelor's from UT Dallas following a standout playing career. A two-year team captain, Burton led the Division III power to a conference title and postseason appearance, while setting a new school record for wins.
The game of basketball runs deep in the Burton family. Burton, and his three brothers all played basketball at the collegiate level. Burton's younger brother, Jason, is currently the women's head coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.