FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Marian University Director of Athletics Jason Murphy has announced the hiring of Bryan Burgert as the baseball program's first-ever full-time assistant coach. Burgert is no stranger to the Marian baseball program as he will enter his seventh season as assistant coach under Head Coach Jason Bartelt in 2012-13, following four seasons as a player.
"I'm thrilled to announce the addition of Bryan Burgert to our baseball coaching staff," Murphy stated. "It was a competitive field of candidates and Bryan stood out among all of them. He will not only improve our baseball program, but the athletic department as a whole with the skill set and personality that he brings to the table."
"I want to thank Jason Murphy and Jason Bartelt for this great opportunity," Burgert said. "I have been involved with Marian for the past 10 years as a player and volunteer assistant. To be selected as the assistant coach and help lead the direction of the baseball program is a great honor."
Burgert's duties will include working primarily with the Sabre pitching staff and being responsible for the recruiting efforts of the program, all duties in which he has been familiar with for the past six seasons in Marian Blue and White. He will also be in charge of leading the cross country program.
"We are extremely excited to add Coach Burgert to the baseball staff full-time," Head Baseball Coach Jason Bartelt said. "He has been associated with the program since 2002 as a player, volunteer coach, and part-time assistant coach and will now be allowed to take his coaching to the next level with being around the program on a daily basis. The addition of staffing to the program will allow us to better develop our players and more efficiently recruit potential student athletes."
As a player at Marian from 2003-06, Burgert compiled the best winning percentage for a Sabre hurler, going 11-3 (.786) over his career. He was a First Team All-Lake Michigan Conference selection and team MVP as a senior captain in 2006. He went 7-1, while leading the team in innings pitched (66.1), ERA (2.85), batting average against (.208) and was third in strikeouts (30).
Burgert and his wife, Kristin, currently reside in Oshkosh.