WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
Burghardt, who spent two seasons (2010-11) as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Michigan State, rejoined the Spartan program in July 2012. He has been a part of two Big Ten Championship teams and four bowl games since being appointed to the full-time staff. Burghardt came back to East Lansing following a six-month stint as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He worked directly with the Cadet hockey and wrestling teams at West Point, organizing, designing and implementing all aspects of the strength and conditioning programs.
Burghardt is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in kinesiology in 2009, Burghardt worked as a graduate student volunteer on the Spartan strength and conditioning staff in 2009-10. He received his master’s degree in kinesiology in 2011 from MSU.
Burghardt and his wife, Alaina, were married in May 2012.
THE BURGHARDT FILE
FAMILY: Wife Alaina and one child: Annabelle.
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Sixth. Joined staff on July 1, 2012, from United States Military Academy.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: College - Strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Michigan State (2010-11); assistant strength and conditioning coach at United States Military Academy (2011).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Michigan State in 2009; master's degree in kinesiology from Michigan State in 2011.
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach - 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, 2015 College Football Playoff (Cotton Bowl).