Pamplin Media Group – Barlow appoints new wrestling and baseball coaches
Rod Heiser and Brady Burdick bring their experience to the Bruins’ track and field and their goal of shaping their character.
Two coaches bring their expertise and passion to Barlow High athletics as the Bruins hired new wrestling and baseball coaches.
Rod Heiser is Barlow’s wrestling coach, while Brady Burdick is the baseball coach.
Heiser is a known face in high school – he has 16 years of experience coaching at Barlow, Gordon Russell Middle School and the Barlow Mat Club.
“I love working with wrestlers of all ages and skill levels – it’s a great sport that builds character,” said Heiser. “Probably the best thing about wrestling is that anyone can come out for wrestling regardless of their gender, size or experience.”
Heiser wrestled collegially at the Big Ten Conference at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and earned a degree in economics. He grew up immersed in sports. His father and brothers wrestled in Dartmouth, Cornell and in the state of Oregon.
He currently lives in Troutdale with his wife and three college-aged children. When he’s not a coach, he enjoys playing ice hockey and working in the garden.
Burdick takes the reigns of baseball from the Bruins after joining the team as an associate head coach in 2018. Each year with Barlow, he has helped lead the team to the playoffs – a trend he plans to continue. .
“The winning culture and history of striving for excellence – on the ground, in the classroom and in the community – provide an excellent foundation on which to build and will continue to be the core values of the program into the future. Burdick said. “There is an excitement around the program that starts with our players but is fueled by the support of this wealthy baseball family.”
Burdick played four years of college baseball at Lakeridge High School, earning a scholarship to play college ball at Northwest Nazarene University. He returned to Lakeridge to coach from 2011-2014. He also served as a varsity coach at Jesuit High School when the team defeated Oregon City in the 2016 OSAA State Championship game.
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