– Ron Francis
, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Bill Burniston as its Assistant Strength Coach and Fascial Stretch Therapist. Burniston has worked for the Hurricanes on a part-time basis since 2013.
“Bill has done terrific work for our team over the past few seasons,” said Francis. “He is well-liked by the staff and players and we felt that it was important for him to be able to assist our athletes both at home and on the road on a full-time basis.”
Burniston has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of injury prevention and athletic enhancement. In addition to his work with the Hurricanes, the New Jersey native has also served as the strength and conditioning coach for USA Baseball’s collegiate national team. He previously gained experience at Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC, as well as several high schools and athletic clubs in New Jersey. Burniston received his BS in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with the school’s sports medicine team. He earned his Masters degree from Seton Hall University.
Burniston is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainer as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His certifications also include Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Flexibility Specialist (Level 3 Medical) from the Stretch to Win Institute.