Hood College director of athletics Gib Romaine announced the promotion of Terry Burdette to head softball coach for the 2012 season.
A well-respected and highly-successful travel team coach, Burdette served as an assistant on the Blazer staff during the Fall 2011 semester under Kate Barrick, who stepped down after four seasons at the helm. She and her husband, Greg, are expecting their second child in February.
"After coaching at many levels of fastpitch softball, I am very excited about getting started at Hood College," said Burdette. "I want to continue to build the program with talented student-athletes that value a great education and love to play the game of softball."
As the head coach of the 18U Heartbreakers Junior Olympic Travel Team, Burdette has racked up an extraordinary overall record of 634-319 since 1995. He was recognized at the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Convention for eclipsing the 600-win plateau. His Heartbreaker squads have racked up seven top 10 finishes in the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and Protect Our Nation's Youth (PONY) Nationals, which included four top 3 finishes.
Burdette has mentored 65 players who went on to play at the collegiate level, including 33 at Division I programs. Among those outstanding student-athletes is former Blazer head coach, Kate Barrick, who in 2005 was lauded as the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the year while at Fordham University. Burdette also coached Iona College teammates Alison Higgs and Liz Hammel, who captured the 2004 and 2005 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) player of the year awards, respectively. In addition, Higgs went on to showcase her talents for one season in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
A native of Dickerson, Md., Burdette also serves as the camp director for the Heartbreakers Softball Camp, which he developed in 1996 with 13 attendees. Today, the camp has swelled to as many as 150 campers who wish to hone their skills in all areas of the game.
Burdette has also offered his expertise as a clinician at pitching, hitting and coaching clinics throughout the Central Atlantic region, including the 2009 Softball Bash in Richmond, Va.
Burdette's previous collegiate coaching experience includes a three-year stint at Mount St. Mary's University. During his first season in Emmitsburg in 2004, Burdette primarily worked with the Mountaineer pitching staff, but assumed a more comprehensive team role in 2005 and 2006.
On the high school level, Burdette served as an assistant softball coach at nearby Walkersville High School from 1999-2002 and 2008-11 and helped guide the Lions to the Maryland 2A state championship crown in 1999.
Burdette received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Elizabethtown College in 1978. He has been a member of the NFCA since 1995 and served on the executive board as the organization's National Travel Ball Representative from 2005-2010. Burdette has also achieved a Three Star Master Coach status in the NFCA’s National Fastpitch Coaches College.