"I am excited to be a part of history here at ODU. We have a chance to build something special. Having grown up and played high school football in the '757', I know this can be a special place for local players to build their legacy."
- Coach Burden
A native of nearby Virginia Beach, Zohn Burden, one of the original members of the Monarch coaching staff returns to the Old Dominion staff to tutor the wide receivers, one of the deepest and most experienced positions on the Football Monarchs heading into the second season of Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action.
This season 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.
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
2012: Nick Mayers - First Team All-CAA
2012: Antonio Vaughan - Second Team All-CAA
"Coach Burden was on our orginial staff and helped build our program from the ground up. He is an outstanding coach, an excellent recruiter, and a very competitve person. I know he will continue to build on the tradition of good receivers started by Coach Malloy."
- Head Coach Bobby Wilder on Coach Burden