Mike Burt hits the ground running at Joshua ISD Thursday morning, just hours after meeting some of the JISD board members for the first time.
After signing his contract to be the district’s new head football coach and athletic director on Wednesday night, Burt said his first order of business was to meet with the district’s coaches and begin evaluating the students he’s taking under his wing.
The eldest of 11 children and father of six, Burt rode a full football scholarship to Rice University where he was a linebacker from 1981-84. There, he majored in history and physical education. He said that coming from a large family has prepared him for his role as athletic director and head football coach. This will be his second head coaching job, after his six-year stint at Dumas ISD.
At Dumas, Burt led the football program to three playoffs in six years with a 31-32 record. Though the team didn’t make it past the first round before his leadership, the school hadn’t gone to that many playoffs since the 1960s.
“Watching kids compete and coaches coach, that’s my passion,” Burt said. “And I get paid to do it, so that’s pretty cool.”
Burt started coaching seventh- and eighth-graders in 1985 in his native Lewisville.
“I thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be making $20,000 a year,” he said. “And I was having fun doing it.”
He also served under Que Brittain at Flower Mound Marcus where he helped kick-start the football program. Other coaching jobs include several seasons as defensive coordinator at both Bridgeport ISD and Dallas Skyline High School.
The seasoned coach comes to JISD — the fifth district he’s served in nearly 30 years — with many plans on how to lead the football team into a winning future.