6’6″ 1B, player-coach with European citizenship. A.K.A. “Old Cheese” | Baseball Jobs Overseas

6’6″ 1B, player-coach with European citizenship. A.K.A. “Old Cheese”

Name: David Burns

Gender: Male

Height: 200 cm

Weight: 109 kg

DOB: July 27, 1974

Status Signed

Date Available: January 6, 2022

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, 1B

Positions (alt): RP

College: University of British Columbia - Okanagan

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Personal

David Burns is the CEO and Founder of this website and has also been playing overseas in the Austrian first division for the Attnang-Athletics since 2004. David originally signed on as an import player in 1999 and returned in 2004 permanently to live and work.

David assumed the role as player-coach and general manager for the Athletics in 2006, 2013, 2014, 2017, the latter of which he led the A’s to their fourth championship and was in turn awarded “Coach of the Year” for the West Division. He has also been their starting first basemen and has hit 4th or 5th every season for the A’s. He has also been heavily involved in the development of the club’s youth program since 2004, including the launch of their highly successful School Cup which is in it’s third year. David also has 14 years experience as the Athletic Director and girls basketball and volleyball coach at the American International School in Salzburg.

David has served as the volunteer recruiter of imports to the club since 2015 and is responsible for the recruitment of the leagues best import players who together total 2 regular season best pitcher recognitions, two playoffs MVP awards and one regular season best batter recognition.

In 2017, at the age of 43, David was one of the team’s offensive leaders, hitting .356 in the regular season and .316 in the playoffs including a pivotal grand-slam (see clip) in game two of the best-of-seven championship series, sparking a come from behind win after trailing 6-1. They eventually one in game 7. David also hit a 3 run bomb in game two of the semi’s to lead the A’s to a 7-4 win on the road.

In fact, throughout his career David has been a playoff performer, leading his team in batting average (.413) in 2016 en route to the championship, he hit 3 home runs in a day (double header) in the championship series in 2011 to rally his team, and in 2010 he was named the playoff MVP when the A’s won their 2nd championship. Here are some of the highlights of David’s career.

Defensively he has been the ranked as the league’s top first baseman, winning numerous first base gold glove awards and All-Star first baseman awards. David was also a pitcher when he was younger, however has seen some innings in the bump, most recently in Valencia, Spain at the Federations Cup in 2017 where he surprised all with two innings of scoreless work before getting lit up the second time through the line up. David throws a two and four seam fastball, knuckleball and slider from two sidearm angles. His velo ranges from 74-76 mph.

Prior to the Athletics David decided to forego a college career and study close to home in British Columbia, Canada where there was no college baseball at the time. He continue to play in a strong men’s league which featured a number of former college and pro players including Larry Walker and Jason Bay.

In 2018 David momentarily hung up his cleats and has stepped down as coach and manager to focus on the International Baseball Community website. However he is keeping his options open and welcomes any expressions of interest as a player, player-coach, or general manager.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2004-2017 Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria/Division 1 Returned in 2004 to live in Austria and play with the team permanently. For the most part I have hit clean up or fifth and have been the starting first baseman every season
1999 Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria/Division 2 Came as an import player to successfully help the club promote to the first division. Hit a home run to break a tie in the top of the 10th in the championship to advance to the first division
1994-1999 Okanagan Springers Okanagan Major Baseball League (Mens League) Mostly played first base with occasional innings pitching in relief. Hit clean up mostly
1991-1993 Vernon Canadians Okanagan Major Baseball League (Mens League) Was mostly utilized as a starting pitcher but got the occasional start at first base

Coaching Experience

YEARSROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2006, 2012, 2017 Head Coach Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria/Division 1 Responsible for running weekly practices and game day management
2013 & 2014 Interim Head Coach/ 1B Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria/Division 1 After the firing of coaches in back-to-back years, I filled in as head coach for the final half of the season
2004-2017 Youth Coach (Aged 8-16) Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria/Division 1 Started as a coach for the U8 team when my son was 6 and followed him up to U16 as his coach
2015-2017 School Project Coach Attnang Athletics Baseball League Austria 2 or 3 times a week in the fall and spring I would go to the schools to introduce baseball to the kids. Our youth program is now thriving and we have introduced a school cup as a result of the success

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2017 PO ATT 10 38 4 12 3 0 2 13 2 6 0 0 .316 .333 .553
2017 RS ATT 16 59 17 21 6 0 1 14 10 6 1 1 .356 .479 .508
2016 PO ATT 12 46 9 19 0 0 0 11 4 6 1 0 .413 .481 .413
2016 RS ATT 18 67 7 20 2 0 1 16 4 11 2 0 .299 .380 .373
2015 RS ATT 18 70 12 20 3 0 1 13 5 8 0 0 .286 .338 .371

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Owen Reid

International Baseball Coach
owen@reidbaseball.com

I had the privilege of meeting David Burns in 2009 while playing in the Austrian Baseball League. David and I were on opposing teams, but became quite familiar with one another. I always had a high level of respect for the way David approached the game of baseball, how he carried himself and his consummate professionalism both on and off the field. It is no surprise that success follows David! Through his tireless efforts and dedication with the International Baseball Community (IBC), hundreds of ballplayers across the globe have been afforded an opportunity to continue pursuing their passion for playing and coaching the great game of baseball while simultaneously experiencing different parts of the world. David has certainly hit it out of the park with the IBC and its mission! I am grateful that David and I have maintained a quality relationship over the years. David’s global reputation in the game of baseball is extremely high, which is undoubtedly a testament to his humble, genuine nature. I am excited for what lies ahead for the IBC and the global baseball community broadly, and know that David will continue to do great things for baseball around the world! http://reidbaseball.com/

Ryan Rupp

Former Import of Athletics
rrupp77@gmail.com

David Burns served as my head coach for the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics during the 2017 season. As a coach, he was patient, fair, and always concerned for the well-being of the team. We trounced through the league during the regular season and when we hit a rare, yet significant rough patch during the playoffs, Coach Burns was there to help remind the team of its identity, eventually leading our team to a Championship in the Baseball League Austria. He made himself available for each player on the roster, whether that player needed extra work in the cage or just a motivational pep talk in order to refocus themselves for the remainder of the season. He wanted what was best for the team, a very competitive leader, but also gave each player an opportunity to prove themselves during the season. I had the opportunity to play alongside David in 2016, when we won our first championship together and in 2017. Burns wanted nothing other than to continue to help breed a winning and prosperous culture in the Athletics organization. When he took over as Head Coach, I think I can speak for most of my teammates when I say, we were excited and optimistic to have a Coach like David Burns. He knows how to win and is always looking to make the younger players better and more competitive when they play on his team. David Burns would be a positive addition to any club and I wish him nothing but luck and success for the remainder of his coaching career.

Andre Gruber

Veteran Austrian Catcher with the Athletics
a.gruber@athleticsbaseball.at

I can speak first hand of Dave´s abilities to create and run a championship team. A manager that knows how to build a roster and gets your player enthusiastic about your program will pay major dividends in the future and that´s exactly what he did with the A´s in 2018. Thanks to him running the show we were not only able to repeat a championship season, but also create great team chemistry which makes up for the lack of individual physical abilities. Long story short, I can only recommend him as a manager to your program as he communicates well and has a great feel for the team and how to keep everybody happy.

Additional Info

Awards

2017: Coach of the Year West Division, Baseball League Austria

2008, 2010, 2016, 2017: Baseball League Austrian Champion

2016, 2017: All-Star First Baseman, Baseball League Austria

2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016: Gold Glove First Base, Baseball League Austria

2010: Playoff MVP, Baseball League Austria

2007: Best Batter, Finkstonball International Baseball Tournament


Youtube highlights of recent years with the Athletics