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Nigel Burton

Secondary Coach

Oregon State


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Oregon State

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Head Coach

Portland State University

Defensive Assistant

University of Florida

Championships Intern

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Defensive Coordinator for the Wolfpack

University of Nevada


Viking Partners LLC

Defensive Assistant



Newberg Youth Football

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Student-Athlete Advisory Council


Hillsboro Stadium

Honorary Coach


Jesuit High School

University of Washington


University of South Florida

bachelors degree

Business Administration



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Coach Nigel Burton said he prefers "He-Man."
Burton had been the secondary coach at Oregon State during Loomis' year and remembered his big leg. "When he came to my office he was a totally different person," Burton said. [cached]

Nigel Burton Football Camps Around The State In June
The 2010 Nigel Burton Viking Football Camps will take place throughout the month of June and in several locations around the state. Burton, the new Head Football Coach at Portland State, and his staff will host one-day camps in Medford, Bend and Corvallis, as well as a handful of one and two-day camps on the Portland State campus. The new Pistol offense and 4-3 defense brought in by new Head Coach Nigel Burton were also revealed. Viking fans can see New Head Coach Nigel Burton's team transformation as PSU has installed a new Pistol offense and 4-3 defense. PSU Head Football Coach Nigel Burton has brought experienced coaches from winning programs to help turn around a program that has struggled the last three years. Maybe it's because Bob Simmons has been around the longest, but in just about anything Burton will face during his first head coaching experience, Simmons can say: "been there, done that." Nigel Burton Football Camps Around The State In June As defensive coordinator at Cal Poly, new Viking Defensive Coordinator Eric Jackson recruited head coach Nigel Burton twice, The Pistol Offense, which head football coach Nigel Burton is installing during spring drills in April and May, is a work in Nigel Burton Introduced as PSU Head Football Coach

Spring practice will be led by first-year Head Coach Nigel Burton.
He is the 13th head coach in the 63-year history of the Viking program. Burton comes from the University of Nevada where he was the defensive coordinator for the Wolfpack the past two seasons. Burton was Portland State's defensive backs coach in 2001-02, then became secondary coach at Oregon State from 2003-07 before moving to Nevada. Burton will begin implementation of new offensive and defensive schemes during spring practice. The Viking offense will change to the Pistol, currently featured at the University of Nevada. The Viking defense will transition to the same 4-3 scheme Burton employed at Nevada. Nigel Burton, a former Viking assistant coach and most recently the defensive coordinator at the University Nevada, has taken over as the new Head Coach at Portland State. He will implement the Pistol offense and a 4-3 defense in 2010 as the Vikings plan a bounce-back season from its worst record in 29 years (2-9). During the spring, the Vikings players will learn the new systems, while the coaching staff will learn about the players and adjust their schemes to the talent on the field. "The biggest thing we have to do is set the identity for the football team," said Burton. "In those terms, it means re-establishing a running game here, offensively. Then defensively, making sure we are assignment sound. And finally, getting back to really detailing the special teams game. If we can get those three phases in and those three things done, I will feel pretty good." For Burton the key to success starts up front. Among that group is a signing class of 20 that were recruited by Burton and his staff. Burton will have a large group of quarterbacks in his stable to choose from - including six returners and two freshmen. It will be interesting to see which players adjust best to the new offense, as well as how Burton and offensive coordinator Bruce Barnum adjust the offense to match the talent. "One of the (freshman) running backs has to play and physically those guys are ready to go," said Burton. Burton added one national letter of intent signee to the position, freshman Roston Tatum (6-2, 200). Tatum fits a need for a bigger wide receiver, and Burton feels he has a chance to play as a true freshman. TIGHT END Viking fans will see the tight end position employed once again in the transition to the Pistol offense. The Run-and-Shoot featured four wideouts and no tight ends. As a result, Burton had to recruit to build at the position and came in with a pair of talented signees, Kyle McMillin (JR, 6-2, 240) and Taylor Meyrick (FR, 6-5, 275). Burton recognized the lack of experience at the position and signed two junior college transfers who should compete to start right away, Joey Esposito (6-4, 300) and Bruce Seumanutafa (6-5, 350). "You don't recruit JC guys for depth, you recruit them to push to start right away, that way they are happy and that is the only way we will be happy in that kind of investment," said Burton. A few of the freshmen will need to get bigger and stronger before getting onto the field, but Burton expects JC transfer Jack Forbes (6-3, 225) to step in to an active role. His strong press coverage will be a key element to Burton's 4-3 scheme which features a large number of defenders "in the box." Nigel Burton will have his hands full of challenges in 2010 as the Viking schedule includes a date with a team that competed for the NCAA FCS national championship (Montana), two other FCS playoff teams (Weber State, Eastern Washington), and two members of the Pac-10, including one that played in the Rose Bowl (Oregon). Nigel Burton Introduced as PSU Head Football Coach

PORTLAND STATE SELECTS NEW COACH: Portland State hired Nigel Burton as the 13th head coach in school history on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Burton comes to Portland State from Nevada, where he had been the defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Burton, the first African American head football coach in Big Sky history, was an assistant coach at PSU in 2001 and 2002. Burton takes over for Jerry Glanville, who resigned after compiling a 9-24 record over three seasons. Prior to his time at Nevada, Burton spent five seasons as the secondary coach at Oregon State. Burton began his coaching career at South Florida in 2000. He is a 1999 graduate of Washington, where he was a three-year starter at safety, leading the Huskies to three bowl games. He was a three-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection. He began his collegiate career at Pacific in Stockton, which dropped football after his freshman season.

Portland State Offensive Coordinator Bruce Barnum was named Interim Head Coach on Nov. 26, 2014 when previous Head Coach Nigel Burton was relieved of his duties.

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