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Men's Volleyball - Thu, Nov. 17, 2016
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ELGIN, Ill. - - - The Judson University Athletic Department is excited to announce the start of the Judson men's volleyball program and the new hire of head coach Steve Burmaster.


Men's volleyball will officially be recognized as a varsity sport for the 2017-2018 season and it is the 22nd sport to be added to the university's growing list over the last three years. For more information please contact Steve Burmaster at [email protected] or fill out a men's volleyball recruitment form under the recruits tab.


"To find a veteran coach like Steve to start our men's volleyball program is a true blessing," said Athletic Director Chad Gassman. "Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to our university and he is a proven recruiter.  We look forward to having Steve and his family be a part of the Judson University community".


Burmaster will be the first men's volleyball coach hired in Judson history and will lead the first ever men's volleyball program set to start in 2017-2018.  Burmaster brings in valuable coaching experience that spans 28 years that includes a middle school, three high schools, and two collegiate coaching stints. Throughout his coaching career, Burmaster has accumulated numerous awards and is a member of the 'Tachikara 300 Victory Club' while accumulating 10 Coach of the Year awards at both the high school and college levels.


Burmaster got his start coaching in the Paso Robles Public Schools for 12 years. In those 12 years, Burmaster started three different programs that included a boy's basketball program, and two different boy's volleyball programs. Before returning to high school coaching, Burmaster did a two year coaching stint at Fresno Pacific University at which he led the women's volleyball program to a NAIA national ranking in each season and the programs highest ranking of No.2 in the nation in 1992.


In 1994 Burmaster returned to San Luis Obispo High School to finish out eight more years of coaching for both the girl's and boy's volleyball programs. During his time, Burmaster totaled seven Coach of the Year awards (Five for girl's volleyball, two for boy's volleyball) and numerous Top 10 rankings in the CIF-Southern Section from 1994 to 2001 for the girls, and 2001 to 2002 for the boys.


Burmaster then took his talents to Cornerstone University from 2002 to 2009 in which his team received NAIA national rankings in 2002 to 2007 with the program best ranking of No.4 in the nation in 2004.  Burmaster tallied two more Coach of the Year awards at Cornerstone as he received the NAIA Region Coach of the Year and the WHAC Conference Coach of the Year.


After Cornerstone University, Burmaster returned once again to the high school coaching scene at James Logan High School in Union City, CA to which he led both the boy's and girl's programs to league titles in 2011. Both teams also received Top 15 Bay Area rankings for each season that Burmaster was at the helm. Burmaster also picked up his 10th career Coach of the Year award this time in the Mission Valley Athletic League.


For the last four years, Burmaster turned his attention towards administration to which he held numerous teaching roles, assistant principal and assistant athletic director roles, athletic director roles, and physical education faculty and coordinator roles.


Burmaster comes from Salinas, California with his wife Laura and two children Grace and Grant. He completed his Bachelors degree in physical education at California State University, and Masters in Education and Masters in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.