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Justen Burns selected as Gallaudet's new softball head coach

Justen Burns selected as Gallaudet's new softball head coach

WASHINGTON – The interim tag was removed from Justen Burns' title as he was promoted to Gallaudet University softball head coach today as announced by Athletic Director Michael Weinstock.

"I am excited to officially welcome Coach Burns as our new softball head coach. It is great to have someone with 19 years of extensive softball experience," said Weinstock. "Coach Burns' mindset for the game of softball and his focus on the development of Division III student-athletes is what he brings to Gallaudet, along with a formula for success."

Burns, a Gallaudet alum (Class of 1998), was an assistant coach with the Gallaudet softball program for the past two seasons. He was named interim head coach last month replacing Joseph Kolcun after six seasons.

"I am excited about the opportunity to lead this program where my core values align and the desire to help student-athletes reach their full potential as students, leaders, and athletes is a shared vision," said Burns. "The players that have come through have set a great foundation. Gallaudet is a place that attracts top student-athletes who want an elite education and to continue the tradition of integrity that comes with being a Bison. The future is bright for Gallaudet softball!"

In the past two seasons, GU has won 14 games and five conference games and is slated to return seven letterwinners from last year.

Burns coached softball at Model Secondary School for the Deaf for seven seasons and won three National Deaf Prep Championships (2003, '05, '06) and at the California School for the Deaf-Fremont for six seasons (2009-14) and won two National Deaf Prep Championships (2009, '13). He was named National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) Coach of the Year  two times (2006, '13). He also spent time coaching Kendall Demonstration Elementary School softball (1999).

"Coach Burns will bring new energy and is highly motivated to revitalized the Bison softball program," added Weinstock.

Burns currently works at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf as Residence Education Manager. He will start his new softball duties full-time on January 9, 2017.

He graduated from Gallaudet in 1998 and earned a master's degree from GU in 2006. Burns resides in D.C. with his three sons Jarrod, Jevon and Jyles.