Burtnett founded the varsity wrestling program at Rider and coached the Broncs for 10 years, nine on the varsity level (1968-1978) after a year on the club level, and compiled a record of (94 wins, 39 losses, 2 ties). His Broncs won the MAC Championship in 1972-73. His 1973-74 team went 15-0-1, to this day the only Rider wrestling team to go undefeated.
Burtnett coached 14 individual conference champions in nine seasons.
After retiring from coaching at Rider he became Rider's first full-time athletic trainer.
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