Sara Burton enters her third year as the Associate Director of Athletics for Varsity Programs and Senior Woman Administrator.
Burton arrived on the Danforth Campus on Dec. 11, 2014 after spending 22 years at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She spent two years as UW-L’s Student-Athlete Success Coordinator after spending 20 years on the sidelines as the head women’s soccer coach.
Burton will lead departmental efforts to host and promote varsity regular- and post-season home contests, along with coordinating the student-athlete wellness efforts of Washington University Athletics. She will also serve as the direct supervisor for select members of the coaching and support staff.
In her role as Student-Athlete Success Coordinator, Burton was responsible for providing academic counseling and support services to student-athletes, along with coordinating the athletic program's wellness efforts and community service initiatives.
As the second head coach in the history of the UW-L women’s soccer program, she led the Eagles to a 173-149-31 (.534) record in her 20 seasons, which included 13 winning seasons. Burton’s 173 wins ranks first in school history and third in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), and a total of 32 players earned All-WIAC honors under Burton's tutelage. Among other previous coaching stops, Burton spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago.
Burton earned her bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology from Knox College in 1991, and was a four-time letterwinner and two-time team captain on the women’s soccer team. She also lettered four seasons in soccer and basketball during a stellar prep career at Edison High School in Tulsa, Okla. Burton earned her master's degree in sports administration from UW-L in 1996.