NH tabs Burton to lead football squad
Greg Burton is bringing 11 years as a varsity assistant coach to the North Harrison football program.
The Edinburgh native was named the varsity football coach of the Cougar program at Thursday’s board meeting of the North Harrison Community School Corp. He succeeds the school’s winningest coach (27 wins), Jason Mullis, who resigned after seven seasons.
Burton seeks to turn around a program that combined for three wins during the previous two seasons.
Last season, Burton, 41, was the varsity assistant at Bourbon County (Ky.). He also has spent time at Edinburgh, where he coached with current Floyd Central head man Brian Glesing, along with stops at Madison and Trimble County (Ky.). He had also served as baseball coach at Edinburgh and Southwest Jefferson County.
‘I’ve been an assistant for 11 years and just thought it was time to take over a program,’ Burton said. ‘I’ve learned from some good coaches about offense and defensive philosophies. (Bourbon County) coach (Johnny) Poynter allowed me to be a top assistant coach last year. I learned a lot about running a whole program … I am ready, and North Harrison was there.’
Burton said he has met with leaders and coaches of the youth football program along with some of teachers. An introductory meeting for interested players and their parents was scheduled for last night (Tuesday).
‘The focus of the program will be around the kids,’ Burton said. ‘We won’t kill them and overwork them in the summer. I’m excited for Aug. 1 for the first official practice. We’ll work this summer, three days per week. I want the kids to love football but realize it isn’t the only thing in life. I want kids to be successful in the classroom and in the community.’
A graduate of Indiana University in physical education with a master’s degree in exercise science, Burton also accepted a teaching position in the North Harrison school system.
As an athlete, Burton played four years of baseball (two at Franklin College, two at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis) and two years of football at Franklin.
‘I’ve talked to a lot of coaches from the area about the job,’ Burton said. ‘They really think this job is a good one to get going and turn around.’
Burton and his wife, Heather, have three children, Tavian Cosby, Braeden Burton and Ali Burton. They plan to move to the area when the school year ends.