Rider Hall of Famer to be Honored by Nottingham High
HAMILTON, NJ—Barry Burtnett, a former wrestling coach and head athletics trainer at Rider University, will be entering his fourth Hall of Fame this month.
Burtnett will be among 11 people to be honored at the fifth Bi-Annual Nottingham High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday, September 12.
The founder of varsity wrestling at Rider and a member of the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame, Burtnett is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame New Jersey Chapter.
Nottingham High is inducting Burtnett as a Special Contributor, for his work as a teacher, trainer, clinician and athletic director.
“I have some very fond memories of my four years at Nottingham,” Burtnett said from his home in Florida. “I was extremely fortunate to have worked with some exceptional students who helped me organize and put together an outstanding program for student trainers.”
Burtnett came to Rider in 1968 as the first wrestling coach and assistant director of intramurals. His first squad competed in Maurer Gym as a club team, and the following year was granted varsity status.
Burtnett’s teams compiled a record of 94-39 in nine years at Rider. The 1972-73 team won the MAC Championship and the 1973-74 squad compiled a 15-0-1 undefeated season. He had 14 individual conference champions in his nine seasons.
In 1978 Burtnett stepped down as head coach to be Rider's first full-time athletics trainer, a position he held for 10 years. He left Rider to return to the public school system, as a head athletics trainer and health and physical education instructor at Nottingham High. In 1991 he was appointed athletic director at Nottingham, before transferring to Steinert High in 1992 as a teacher, and assisted the wrestling team and the athletic trainers.
Burtnett grew up in Bedford, PA and competed on the undefeated Bedford High School wrestling team. He is also a member of the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame. He went on to Lock Haven State College and graduated in 1961. At Lock Haven he wrestled for four seasons at 157 pounds, finishing third in the Pennsylvania State Teacher's College Conference.
Upon graduation he taught health and physical education at Dormont High School in Pittsburgh, and coached the wrestling team. In 1962-63 he led the team to a 10-2 record and coached the school's first Regional champion wrestler.
Barry Burtnett, a member of the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame, Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame, a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and soon to become a member of the Nottingham High Hall of Fame.