Meet Rich Burnett

Rich Burnett

Director of Athletic Development


Rich is coming to Knoxville from an illustrious 6 year stint at Greater Atlanta Christian School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. At GAC, Rich trained 300+ High School student-athletes a day as head of GAC’s renowned Performance Training program. During his time at GAC, Rich was blessed to work with many talented MS, HS, Collegiate, and even pro athletes, developing them on a long-term basis.

Prior to joining the Spartans of GAC, Rich spent 5 years at the Division 1 level in his hometown of Corpus Christi, TX. He began his professional career as an Islander in 2010 as a Graduate Assistant S&C Coach. The Athletics Director then created a position of Assistant S&C Coach in order for Rich to stay in 2012, then Rich was eventually promoted to Head S&C Coach for the TAMU-CC Islanders from 2014-2016. During this span, Rich saw the program grow to be one of the premier programs in the Southland Conference. As a product himself of the Island University, Rich also worked in the NSCA-recognized Kinesiology department as an Adjunct professor and researcher, growing the S&C profession through sport science and curriculum design. 

Rich, his wife Amanda of 13 years, sons Samuel (8) and Caleb (5) reside in Cedar Bluff and love calling East Tennessee their home! They attend North Star church and are excited to be apart of the Knoxville community. 


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