Oregon State Hires Burton to Complete Football Staff

June 12, 2003

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CORVALLIS - Oregon State has completed its 2003 football coaching staff with the addition of Nigel Burton to coach the Beavers' cornerbacks, it was announced Thursday by football coach Mike Riley.

Burton comes to Oregon State after spending the past two seasons as a member of the Portland State coaching staff. Burton coached the Vikings' secondary and was also special teams coordinator.

Burton, 26, played his collegiate football at the University of Washington, where he was a three-year starter (1996-98). Nigel started his athletic career at the University of Pacific in 1995 as a starting free safety. UOP dropped football after the 1995 season and he transferred to Washington to complete his collegiate career.

Burton started his coaching career in 1999 at the University of South Florida as a defensive assistant coaching cornerbacks. He remained at South Florida until joining the Portland State staff in March 2001.

Nigel also had the opportunity to spend the summer of 2002 as a defensive intern with the Denver Broncos of the NFL, with primary responsibilities of assisting secondary and linebacker coaches.

Nigel started 35 of 36 games that he played in for Washington, including playing in three bowl games-Holiday, Aloah and Oahu. He was a team captain with the Huskies and a three-time All-Academic pick in the conference. He also earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors from the coaches as a senior.

Burton replaces Darryll Lewis who resigned for personal reasons.

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