Zohn Burden finished his third year of his second stint on the Old Dominion University coaching staff. Burden coached the Monarch defensive backs for four years before leaving in 2011.
Burden coached Antonio Vaughan to First-Team All-Conference USA honors in 2014 and Zach Pascal to Conferece USA honorable mention accolades. Vaughan led the league with 1,019 receiving yards and finished sixth in the league with 63 receptions. Vaughan's 12 touchdowns were tied for fourth in the country. Vaughan had a career-best and C-USA season-best 220 receiving yards at WKU. Pascal had 59 catches for 743 yards and seven touchdowns while converted quarterback had 47 catches for 599 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime against Louisiana Tech.
ODU was one of 13 FBS schools to have three players with 40 or more catches and one of 16 schools to have four players with 30 or more receptions.
Vaughan became the third receiver in six years to have a 1,000-yard receiving season and he also recorded a single-season career-best with 63 catches. Pascal put up single-season career bests in catches yards and touchdowns.
In 2013, Old Dominion finished in the top-10 in the FBS in scoring offense with 42.3 points per game, seventh in total offense at 519 yards per game, and sixth in passing offense at 359.4 per game.
The Monarchs had four wide receivers that had 40 or more receptions, all of whom return in 2014, and five more who had 15 or more catches during the year.
Larry Pinkard set single-season high's with 68 catches for 1,020 yards while Antonio Vaughan grabbed 60 passes for 843 yards. The two led the team with nine touchdowns apiece. Blair Roberts had 46 catches for 560 yards while redshirt freshman Zach Pascal added 41 receptions for 534 yards and six scores.
In 2012, the Monarchs led the FCS in scoring offense with 45.15 points per game, passing offense at 393.85 and total offense with 548.23 yards per game. Burden’s wide receiving crew accounted for 347.7 receiving yards per game, led by First Team All-CAA selection Nick Mayers who led the team with 94.8 per game and finished tied for second in the nation with 16 TD receptions.
Sophomore Antonio Vaughan had 68.1 yards per game and was named Second Team All-CAA. Mayers set single-season school records with 79 catches for 1,233 yards and 16 touchdowns to earn All-American honors from College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network.
In total, four ODU receivers finished the season with 55 or more receptions, while the receivers accounted for 41 of the 44 touchdown passes thrown by Taylor Heinicke.
Burden returned to the Monarchs after spending the 2011 season coaching the wide receivers at the University of Richmond. Among those under Burden's watch included All-CAA First Teamer Tre Gray.
Originally joining the start-up Old Dominion program in 2007, Burden helped to build the Monarch program from the ground-up. On the sidelines coaching the defensive backs, he helped Old Dominion capture a 9-2 overall record in their first season of play in 2009 and a 8-3 mark in 2010 as the Monarchs became the winningest start-up program in FCS history.
Prior to coming to Old Dominion, Burden spent a season as an assistant at Fork Union Military Academy where he worked with the wide receivers and defensive backs, while also serving as the passing game coordinator and recruiting liaison.
Burden earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 2006 from Virginia Military Institute, where he played wide receiver for the Keydets. His name is still listed among the Big South's all-time leaders in receptions and receiving yards. The three-time all-conference honoree also held the school record with a reception in 34 consecutive games.
Burden is the father of Zaria and Zamir.
The Burden File:
Birthdate: February 13, 1984
Primary: Virginia - Virginia Beach, Richmond Metro, Atlanta Metro (Clayton, Dekalb, Fulton)
2012 - Present: Old Dominion University - Wide Receivers
All-Conference Monarchs Under Coach Burden
2014: Antonio Vaughan - First-Team All-Conference USA
"Coach Burden was an orginial staff member and helped build our program from the ground up. He is an outstanding coach, an excellent recruiter, and a very competitve person."
- Head Coach Bobby Wilder on Coach Burden