2017-18 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Kevin Burton
Head Coach - 6th Season
Alma Mater: Asbury College, 1999
Phone: 606.546.1705


  • Kevin Burton enters in his sixth season as head coach of the Union College men's basketball program. Burton was named the 19th head coach of the Bulldog basketball program on May 15, 2012.
  • Burton led the Union program to new heights, winning the school's and program's first-ever NAIA national championship. The Bulldogs captured the 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship with a record of 35-3, ending the year on a 33-game win streak.
  • He has led the Bulldogs to the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular-season and tournament championships in four consecutive seasons (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17).
  • During the past four seasons (2013-14 through 2016-17), Union has gone 81-6 against conference opponents.
  • The Bulldogs earned the No. 1 ranked in the NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll for the first time in program history on Feb. 21, 2017.
  • Union posted a perfect 20-0 conference record in 2016-17.
  • The Bulldogs have gone three (3) consecutive seasons without losing a road conference game. The streak is currently at 29 games with the last loss coming on Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Currently, Burton ranks second on the program's all-time wins list with 136 (as of March 15). He is second only to Pete Moore's 253 wins.
  • Burton owns a 0.800 winning percentage (as of March 15) with a 136-34 record at Union, which is the best for any Bulldog coach with five or more seasons of service.
  • He was named the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and the NAIA Coach of the Year for 2016-17. Burton also was named the AAC Coach of the Year three (3) times, receiving the honor in 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2016-17.
  • During his tenure, seven (7) Bulldogs have been named an NAIA All-American, including two making the First Team.
  • A total of 16 players have been named to the All-AAC Team under Burton with 11 making the first team. He has had one (1) AAC Player of the Year, three (3) AAC Defensive Players of the Year, and eight (8) to make the AAC All-Defensive Team.
  • Burton has had one (1) player (Gerrard Newby) to amass over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career - making him the third player in program history to accomplish this feat.
  • In their four-year reign (2014-17) as AAC Tournament champions, the Bulldogs have had four (4) different players named the Tournament MVP.
  • Union has made four (4) NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances under Burton, making the tournament in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2015, the Bulldogs advanced to the "Sweet 16" with a 64-58 win over Northwestern Ohio.
  • Burton led Union to a 30-5 overall mark in 2014-15, the best in the history of the program, and the first time a Union team had hit the 30-win plateau in program history.
  • During the 2014-15 campaign, Union reeled off a then-program best 21-game winning streak, which was the longest in all of NAIA Division II.
  • Union has finished each of the last three seasons ranked in the final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll. The Bulldogs were No. 23 in 2013-14, No. 11 in 2014-15, and No. 11 in 2015-16.
  • Burton's overall record at Union sits at 136-34 (as of March 15, 2017), which puts him in second all-time in most head coaching victories in program history.
  • In 12 seasons at four-year institutions is 265-109. In 15 overall seasons as a head coach, his record sits at 355-152.
  • Prior to his tenure, no Bulldog team won more than 27 games in a season - which happened only once in 1967-68. Burton has produced four (4) season of 28 wins or more - going 28-5 in 2013-14, 30-5 in 2014-15, 28-7 in 2015-16, and 35-3 in 2016-17.
  • In his first campaign as the head of the Bulldog program in 2012-13, Burton led a vastly improved Union squad that finished the year 15-14 after going 8-23 during the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs improved in nearly every statistical category on the year, finishing the Appalachian Athletic Conference season with an 8-8 mark (from 5-11 in 11-12).
  • Burton spent seven seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Lambuth (Tenn.) University before the institution closed due to financial issues. During his tenure with the Eagles, Burton compiled an overall record of 139-75, averaging just fewer than 20 wins per season.
  • In addition to the impressive win total, Burton's teams amassed a great deal of success at Lambuth. He had a team ranked in the top five of the NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll in three consecutive seasons, had the nation's top scoring team in 2008 (95.2 points per game) and ranked second two other times (92.0 ppg in 2007 and 91.0 ppg in 2010), and made three consecutive trips to the NAIA National Championship Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2006.
  • Under his tutelage, Burton had nine players selected as NAIA All-Americans at Lambuth, 17 make the all-conference team and nine earn a spot on the all-academic team. He also coached two conference players of the year, two conference freshmen of the year and the 2007 Basketball Times National Player of the Year. In 2007-08, Burton led Lambuth to the TranSouth Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships as he was named the TranSouth Coach of the Year.
  • Burton is no stranger to the state of Kentucky. A native of Nicholasville, he graduated from Jessamine County High School before moving on to Asbury College, where he was a captain on its basketball team. In 1999, Burton received his masters from Eastern Kentucky University in sports administration. He became the head men's basketball coach at St. Catharine College in 2000, coaching the then-junior college for four seasons before moving on to Lambuth.

    Kevin Burton Year-by-Year

Year School Record Pct. Notes
2016-17 Union (Ky.) 35-3 .921 NAIA Division II National Champions; AAC Regular-Season/Tournament Champions; Finished season ranked No. 1; Ended season on 33-game win streak
2015-16 Union (Ky.) 28-7 .800 AAC Regular-Season/Tournament Champions; NAIA Division II National Tournament Selection; Ranked as high as No. 5; Finished season ranked No. 11 in Final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll; Collected his 100th win at Union
2014-15 Union (Ky.) 30-5 .857 AAC Regular-Season/Tournament Champions; NAIA Division II National Tournament "Sweet 16"; Finished No. 11 in Final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll


Union (Ky.) 28-5 .848 AAC Regular-Season/Tournament Champions; NAIA Division II National Tournament Selection; Finished No. 23 in Final NAIA Division II Coaches' Poll
2012-13 Union (Ky.) 15-14 .517 Seven game improvement from previous season.
2010-11 Lambuth (Tenn.) 13-15 .464  
2009-10 Lambuth (Tenn.) 16-11 .593  
2008-09 Lambuth (Tenn.) 17-12 .586  
2007-08 Lambuth (Tenn.) 30-4 .882 TranSouth Regular Season/Conference Champions; NAIA Division I National Tournament "Sweet 16"
2006-07 Lambuth (Tenn.) 25-8 .758 NAIA Division I National Tournament Appearance
2005-06 Lambuth (Tenn.) 23-8 .742 NAIA Division I National Tournament Appearance
2004-05 Lambuth (Tenn.) 14-17 .452  


Dylan Johnson
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 606.546.1758