Erik Burton came back to Western New Mexico University in 2006 as the men’s and women’s tennis coach. A 1997 WNMU graduate and student-athlete, Burton returned after gaining valuable experience coaching tennis at the professional and collegiate levels. The Lubbock, Texas native campaigned for the Mustangs from 1992-1997 and was one of Coach Benavidez's top players.
His coaching career began at the elite Gainey Ranch Estate Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he worked with several nationally-ranked juniors.
In 2001, Burton moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he was an assistant professional at the Tennis Club of Albuquerque and coached top players.
In 2002, Coach Burton was an assistant coach for the University of New Mexico and helped the Lady Lobos capture their first Mountain West Conference Championship.
"I have an agenda with the program here at WNMU,” says Burton. "I see great potential in the RMAC and the athletic department. I feel very fortunate to be able to help produce a strong collegiate program.”
In 2007 Coach Burton led the Lady Mustangs of Western New Mexico to the RMAC Tournament Finals, and in the 2009 season the Western New Mexico Men's squad won the NCAA Central Region No. 2 Championship and qualified for the 2009 NCAA DII National Championship Finals- Sweet 16 in Altomone Springs, Florida.
"I hope to produce strong ties with student athletes within the Southwest and, of course, the world to bring some diversity to the program, as well as continuing its high academic standards. In the end, the student athletes represent this University, and I feel my knowledge and experience can give them the best direction for success," says Burton.