RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson has named Megan Burton to her staff as an assistant coach. Burton will work with the Wolf Pack middle blockers.
“I'm very excited about Megan joining my staff,” Lawanson said. “She is a very bright young coach and will be a tremendous asset in the gym. Megan's primary responsibility will be training middle blockers, she will assist with our front court defense and preparing scouting reports.”
Burton comes to the Wolf Pack after one season at San José State University and two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater St. Mary’s College.
"I want to thank Doug Knuth, Rhonda Bennett and Ruth Lawanson for this great opportunity to be a part of something special, here at the University of Nevada,” Burton said. “In addition to competing in a tough volleyball conference, Nevada is a challenging academic university, where student-athletes are able to thrive both on and off the court. Ruth is an exceptional coach with a tremendous amount of volleyball knowledge and I am humbled to learn and grow within her program. I am thrilled to start spring training with the team and am eager to make progress in the gym. Nevada is a special place and I am excited to contribute to the volleyball tradition and honored to be a member of the Nevada Athletics family."
A four-year letterwinner at SMC she holds the school record for hitting percentage and is ranked in the top five in career blocks and block assists. A four-year starter at middle blocker she was named to the All-West Coast Conference freshman team and twice earned first-team All-WCC honors. She was twice named the WCC academic team. The Gaels won the 2009 WCC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009. The 2009 squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ended the year ranked 20th in the AVCA poll.
Burton received the George R. McKeon Senior Award that is presented to the SMC athlete who has been outstanding in their sport, academics and community service. A four-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee she was co-president for two years and represented SMC at the 2008 National SAAC Conference.
She has coached club volleyball since 2007 working with the NorCal Volleyball Club, Asics Rainbows Volleyball Club, and CityBeach Volleyball Club.
Burton graduated from Saint Mary's with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in economics in 2012.