Shane Burnham is in his first season at Florida State in 2021, serving as an analyst on defense for the Seminoles.
Burnham brought more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to FSU’s staff, including the previous three seasons as defensive line coach at UCF. In his time coaching defensive line at UCF, Burnham helped the Knights to a 28-8 overall record, including the 2018 AAC championship and a berth in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl. In 2019, the Knights led the nation with an average of 9.0 tackles for loss per game and the 2020 squad led the country with 13 fumble recoveries, while the 2018 defense ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 8.2 tackles for loss per game. He oversaw the development of Trysten Hill, a second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Burnham spent two seasons at Rutgers coaching the defensive line, developing second-round NFL Draft pick Kmoko Turay and sixth-round selection Sebastian Joseph-Day. He was at Iowa State for seven years, where he coached defensive tackles from 2009-14 before tutoring inside linebackers in 2015. He added special teams oversight from 2012-15. While in Ames, he helped the Cyclones collect 74 tackles for loss, including 30 sacks, while ranking third nationally with an average of 17.4 yards per punt return in 2015. In 2013, Iowa State returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same year for the first time since 1963.
At Elon, Burnham mentored the 2008 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. He was linebackers coach at The Citadel in 2004 and at Richmond for four seasons prior to that.
Burnham was a four-year letterman at South Carolina, earning the team’s leadership award and being voted a team captain his senior season in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from South Carolina in 1998 and was a three-time Academic All-SEC selection.
Burnham is married to the former Meagan Drolet, and the couple has four daughters, Lindsay, Brady, Wyatt and Payton. A Tallahassee native, his dad, Wally, was an assistant coach at FSU under Bobby Bowden from 1985-93.