Cory Burleson was named as an assistant coach for the UC San Diego baseball program in September of 2012.
Embarking on his first collegiate coaching venture, Burleson is tasked with directing the outfielders while assisting with the catchers and the offense. He also handles groundskeeping duties at Triton Ballpark and baseball operations.
Burleson spent this past summer guiding a U-16 team based out of Denver, Colo. He coached for president Tad Reida in the CageRat Baseball Academy program.
For the 2013 summer, Burleson is slated to be the pitching coach and coordinator for the Green Bay (Wis.) Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League.
Recruited to Lincoln, Neb., by then Nebraska assistant coach and current Triton head coach Eric Newman, Burleson was a four-year starting catcher for the Cornhuskers from 2009-12.
As a senior under former Major League Baseball player and current Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad, Burleson capped his Husker career with his best season at the plate. He batted .273 with career highs in hits (36), runs (25), RBI (22) and steals (3). He also tied his career high in doubles with seven, matching the output from his junior year. Burleson was one of the top defensive catchers in the Big Ten Conference, throwing out 20 would-be base-stealers in 38 attempts and being charged with just two errors in 246 chances for a .992 fielding percentage.
Originally from Midland, Texas, Burleson attended Midland Christian High School, where he was a four-year starting catcher and three-year starting quarterback. He comes from a baseball family, with his father, Jerry, a coach at Artesia (N.M.) High School and his younger brother, Bryant, a sophomore infielder for the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Burleson was a two-time academic all-conference honoree and 2011-12 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. Having earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in finance in May of 2012, he is currently working on a master's in sport management online from Texas A&M. Burleson resides in La Jolla.