Coach Pat Burns

Pat Burns graduated from Ryan High School in 1996 after lettering all four years for the baseball team. After his freshman year, he was selected to represent the USA at The Junior Pan American Games, where the team won the gold medal, and Burns was selected MVP.

burns 98In high School, Burns was selected to the All-State team in his junior and senior years.  After hitting .480 with 9HR his senior year, the New York Mets selected Burns with their 5th Round pick in the 1996 MLB Draft. Burns decided to pass up his scholarship to Oklahoma State University to play pro baseball in the Mets Minor League system.

Burns played eight seasons of Minor League Baseball, making the Florida State League All-Star team in 2000 and the Atlantic League All-Star team in 2002.

He decided to hang up the spikes after the 2003 season and come home to get his college degree. Burns graduated from UNT in December 2007. Burns has been teaching and coaching the game of baseball to the youth of North Texas for the last 7 years.



Coaching Philosophy

Every kid possesses a different set of skills; a different talent level in baseball. My job as their coach is to maximize their skill set and to get the most out their natural burnsphotoGod-given abilities.

You have two jobs as a youth coach. First, make sure the kids are having fun. Second, make sure they are learning the game and loving the game before you turn them over to coaches at the next level. I want them to know the game mentally and mechanically, so they can react and respond to every situation at the plate and on the field.

“Drive it back through the Middle.”

Coach Burns working with Patrick Vickery


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