Rusty Burney began as Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at Mizzou on July 1, 2012, reuniting him with current MU Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance, Pat Ivey. Burney worked for Coach Ivey from 2002-2004 at the University of Tulsa.
Prior to the University of Missouri, Coach Burney worked in the Olympic Sports Department at the University of Iowa, serving as the strength and conditioning coach for men's basketball, track and field, and baseball. Burney moved to the University of Iowa from Colgate University, where he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach beginning in 2005. Burney and a part-time assistant were responsible for the strength and conditioning of 25 Division I athletic teams. While at Colgate, Burney trained six FCS football All-Americans, as well as numerous NHL draft picks and professional hockey players. Colgate football won the 2005 and 2008 Patriot League titles, winning an automatic berth to the FCS playoffs. Colgate hockey won the 2005-06 ECAC Hockey League title during Burney's tenure as well. Burney also designed student-athlete competitions for the "Lift for Life" event to raise money for the Uplifting Athletes organization to benefit rare diseases.
Prior to Colgate, Burney was on staff at the University of Tulsa, where he served as Assistant Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning from 2001-2005. During his time at Tulsa, he worked with all 18 sports at one time or another and served as Interim Head Strength Coach on two separate occasions. Burney was part of the 2001-02 and 2002-03 WAC Men's Basketball Championship teams, as well as the 2002 Tulsa football team that saw FBS's biggest turnaround in wins from the previous season. He lists his favorite accomplishment from those years, however, as meeting his future wife, the former April Dowdy, a Tulsa native and TU graduate. Burney has also served as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach at the University of Arkansas under Master Strength Coach Don Decker and as an intern at Brigham Young University under current Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) Executive Director, Chuck Stiggins.
Burney is a 1997 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he completed a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Burney also studied Biomechanics at the University of Arkansas and plans to pursue a Master's Degree from the University of Missouri.
Coach Burney lives in Columbia with his wife, April, and their three children: Olivia (9); Emma (6); and Bella (4). Their son Jordan (20) currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.