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St. Louis, Mo. - Missouri Baptist University announced that Damon Burkhart, Jamie Burnham and LeTorre Swinney will all be inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled for Nov. 4, 2011.
The three honorees were chosen by the Hall of Fame selection committee at Missouri Baptist for their accomplishments while in school and after graduation.
Damon Burkhart, a former Spartan baseball player, played from 1999-2001 and served as a graduate assistant coach for the team from the 2001 - 2004 season. In his time on the team, Burkhart was a two-time All-Conference selection and set the school record for stolen bases. After graduation, Burkhart played professionally for several teams in the Frontier League. In 2002, he was chosen as the starting second baseman on the Frontier League All-Star Team. Burkhart is currently the assistant baseball coach at Ft. Zumwalt South High School in addition to owning his own business, Xtra Mile Sports and Training.
Jamie Burnham, a cross-country, as well as a track and field standout for the Spartans, was a four-time NAIA All-American in 1987 in both sports over four different events. Since his graduation, Burnham has joined the coaching ranks at Missouri Southern State University. There, he has served on the cross-country and track and field coaching staff as an assistant since 1990. There, he has helped to lead the teams to three conference championships, one regional championship, two NCAA DII top five finishes and two NCAA DII Outdoor Championship Titles.
LeTorre Swinney attended MBU from 1984-1989 as a member of the track and field team. Throughout his days of competition, Swinney was a three-time All-American for the Spartans and served as an undergraduate assistant coach. Swinney also received national attention, receiving an invitation to compete with the United States Amateur Track and Field teams. He was also responsible for setting every school sprinting record, at the time, as an individual runner. Swinney has served as the head women's track and field coach, as well as an assistant football coach, at Bishop Dubourg High School in South St. Louis city.
All three honorees will be in attendance for the Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held in the new MBU Sport and Recreation complex on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.. The University expects approximately 400 guests and former athletes to be on-hand for the event.
For tickets or questions, email Meredith at [email protected] (preferred) or call (314) 392-2279. Tickets are $25. Checks should be made payable to MBU Athletics.