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Football Coaching Staff
Shane Burnham
Defensive-Line
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive-Line
Shane Burnham joined the UCF Football coaching staff in December of 2017 and helped the Knights continue their success in the 2018 season. With Burnham in the fold, UCF completed its second straight undefeated regular season and American Athletic Conference Championship, earning a berth to the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and rising as high as seventh in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll.

The UCF defense had a stellar 2018 campaign, allowing just 22.7 points per game and ranking sixth in the nation with 28 forced turnovers on the year. The Knights racked up 8.2 tackles-for-loss per game, the fifth most in the nation, and had 29 sacks. Second-half adjustments were key to the Knights’ success, as opponents scored just 8.5 points per second half, including 3.3 points per third quarter.

Under Burnham's leadership, defensive linemen Titus Davis and Brendon Hayes both earned Second Team All-Conference honors in their first year as starters. Burnham also helped Trysten Hill take it to another level, as the defensive tackle was taken in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Burnham came to Orlando from Rutgers, where he was the defensive line coach for two seasons. In his first season with Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights' defense showed a seven-sack improvement over the previous season.

He spent seven seasons at Iowa State prior to his stint at Rutgers. Six of his seasons with the Cyclones were spent coaching defensive tackles, while he worked with the inside linebackers for one year. He added oversight of special teams in 2012. His punt return unit ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2015. ISU returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in 2013, the first time they returned a kickoff for a score since 2004 and the first time they tallied two in a season since 1994. ISU also ranked in the Top 20 nationally in kick and punt return defense in 2012.

During his time working with the defensive tackles at ISU, his unit improved dramatically, helping to lead the Cyclones to three bowl appearances.

Burnham coached at Elon from 2005-08, serving as linebackers/defensive ends coach and special teams coordinator. The Phoenix finished No. 19 in the 2008 FCS final rankings, while ranking No. 29 in the nation in total defense and No. 30 in scoring defense. Burnham coached the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year at Elon. As special teams coordinator, Burnham's punt return unit ranked No. 17 in 2007. Burnham also has coaching experience at The Citadel and Richmond.

A 1998 graduate of South Carolina, Burnham was a four-year letterwinner with the Gamecocks and a two-year starter. He was named the team's most outstanding inside linebacker after his junior and senior years. He was a three-time Academic All-SEC honoree and won the Gamecocks' team leadership award.
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