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Offensive Coaching Staff
Michael Burton, a former quarterback at Missouri Western State University, is in his third season on the Missouri S&T coaching staff this season as the running backs coach.
Burton spent six seasons on the Griffons’ staff, working with the running backs during that period of time for an offensive unit that was headed by S&T head coach Tyler Fenwick. He worked with Harlon Hill Award finalist Michael Hill over his final two seasons at MWSU, a player who rushed for 2,168 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2012 season and for a school record 3,473 yards during his two seasons at Missouri Western to earn All-America honors.
As a player for the Griffons from 2003-06, Burton threw for 3,151 yards passing and 10 touchdowns.
Burton and his wife, Lisa, live in Rolla.
Associate Head Football Coach
Andy Ball will begin his second current season and sixth overall with the Missouri S&T program as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator. Ball added the title of associate head coach on January 11, 2019.
Ball was also on the Miner staff from 2007-10 as the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator and served as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach during the 2018 season, when the Miners went 10-2 and won the Mineral Water Bowl.
"I am extremely happy to have Andy returning as a member of the Miner family," said S&T director of athletics Mark Mullin. "He brings a wealth of experience to our program. He will be a great addition to our football staff and an outstanding representative of Miner Athletics. Andy's technical expertise and personable nature will make a positive impact on our football program, our department, our campus, and the local community. "
During Ball's previous stint on the Miner staff, the Miners set offensive records during the 2008 season when they captured the Great Lakes Football Conference title, as they racked up 4,945 offensive yards – a mark that was just broken in 2017 – and averaged 37. 1 points per game. The Miners' best offensive day in school history, a 697-yard performance against Kentucky Wesleyan, also came during that year as S&T recorded a 7-4 record.
In 2007, the Miners led NCAA Division II in kickoff returns, as the unit averaged 27.2 yards per runback and returned four of those kicks for touchdowns. Ashton Gronewold, who had two of those touchdown returns, was among the national leaders in kickoff return yardage that season.
In his first four seasons at Missouri S&T, Ball helped produce 10 players on the offensive line that earned all-conference honors, including two that were named as the offensive lineman of the year in the conference. Last season, the Miners had three offensive linemen named All-GLVC, including first-team selections Austin Holmes and Josh Elam.
After the 2010 season, Ball moved on to Truman State, where he served as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for the Bulldogs for four years. Truman had two All-America performer in placekicker Derek Koon and punter Eric Phillips, as well as seven all-conference defensive linemen during his tenure. The Bulldog special teams unit routinely ranked among the national leaders in several categories in those four seasons.
Ball served as the offensive line coach at Missouri Western during the 2015 and 2016 seasons and coached six players that were all-conference selections for a unit that averaged 218 yards per game on the ground in his second year on the staff. Last year, Ball served as the head coach at St. Joseph Central High School where he mentored Bobby Lawrence, who signed to play at the University of Missouri.
Before his initial stint at Missouri S&T, Ball was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Missouri – where he earned his bachelor's degree from in 2002 and his master's degree two years later – and was an assistant coach at Culver-Stockton College for three seasons as the offensive line coach and special teams coordinator.
Ball’s father, Randy, previously served as the head coach at Western Illinois University and Missouri State University. He is married and lives in Rolla.