6’6″ 1B/P Player-Coach with European citizenship. A.K.A. “Old Cheese” | Baseball Jobs Overseas

6’6″ 1B/P Player-Coach with European citizenship. A.K.A. “Old Cheese”

Name: David Burns

Height: 6'6"/ 200cm

Weight: 250 lbs / 113kg

DOB: July 27, 1974

Date Available: May 1st, 2019

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, 1B

Positions (alt): RP

College: University of British Columbia - Okanagan

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David Burns is the CEO and Founder of BaseballJobsOverseas.com and has 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 was heavily involved in the development of the club’s youth program from 2004 to 2017, including the launch of their highly successful annual School Cup.

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, 3 home runs in the championship series of 2011, and in 2010 he was named the playoff MVP when the A’s won their 2nd championship.

Defensively he has won six gold glove awards for first base in Austria and has been named a league All-Star first baseman every season he played.

David continues to support the Athletics as an Assistant Coach and occasionally plays alongside his son, who is now on the Athletics’ first team.

Playing Experience

2004-Current 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) 1B/P
1991-1993 Vernon Canadians Okanagan Major Baseball League (Mens League) 1B/P

Coaching Experience

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


College/Amateur Batting

2004-Present AA Regular 233 838 162 256 55 2 25 203 107 110 11 7 .306 .407 .465
2004-Present AA Playoffs 51 191 35 67 8 1 9 56 17 26 2 1 .351 .421 .545

Video Highlights


Owen Reid

International Baseball Coach

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!


Ryan Rupp

Former Import of Athletics

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

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


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