Ron Burton has been hired as Michigan State’s new defensive line coach.
The school announced the hiring in a release on Friday afternoon. Burton, who spent the past 10 seasons at Air Force, replaces Ted Gill. MSU opted to not renew Gill’s contract for next season.
“We believe Ron is a natural fit in terms of defensive terminology and concepts,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a release. “He also brings great energy and management skills to the coaching staff. We look forward to seeing Ron interact with our players and watching our defensive linemen thrive under his teaching.”
At Air Force, Burton helped Jake Paulson become the first-ever defensive lineman in school history to earn first team all-league honors in 2008. Nose guard Ben Garland was also an all-league selection under Burton in 2009 and wound up signing a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
Air Force went a combined 67-57 during Burton’s 10 seasons at the school and he helped the Falcons to a school-record six bowl appearances.
“I’m excited about working with a Spartan defensive unit that has really established itself as one of the nation’s elite over the last three seasons,” Burton said in the release.
Burton also has coached at Grand Valley State (2002), at Indiana (1997-2001), at Eastern Michigan (1995-96) and at Morehead State (1994). Burton coached linebackers at Indiana and EMU and defensive backs at Morehead State.
Burton also spent four seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles Raiders. He started 15 games for the Cowboys in 1988.