6’6″ 1B, player-coach with European citizenship. A.K.A. “Old Cheese”
Name: David Burns
Height: 200 cm
Weight: 109 kg
DOB: July 27, 1974
Date Available: August 22, 2019
Positions: Coach, 1B
Positions (alt): RP
College: University of British Columbia - Okanagan
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.
|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|