Burnoski joins Blue Raider football staff

August 5, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Richard Burnoski, a former high school coach in Florida, is the newest member to Andy McCollum's football staff. Burnoski will be a graduate assistant on defense with emphasis on the defensive line.

"Richard is a great football coach and we are excited to have him on our staff," McCollum added. "He is a guy with head coaching experience and will add a lot to our program. He produced nine 1-A prospects last year, which is pretty impressive."

Burnoski made his way to Murfreesboro after serving as head coach at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., from 2000 to 2003. Burnoski, who was Mandarin's offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999, is the winningest coach in school history and took MHS from last place in the district to district champs in just two years.

During his head coaching tenure, Burnoski led MHS to three consecutive state top ten rankings, placed 34 players in the collegiate ranks, and had five high school all-Americans. Burnoski, who was the US Army All-American Bowl Coach in 2004 and the Team Florida Coach in 2001, 2002 and 2003, was crowned the FACA 6A District Coach of the Year in 2001.

Burnoski, better known as "Coach Bruno", graduated from Eastern Oregon in 1996 where he was an Academic/Athletic All-American as a running back.

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