Josh Burlison
Josh Burlison
Position: INF/OF
Team: Baseball
Induction Year: 2017
Class: 2010

Burlison, a 2010 graduate, was a standout baseball player. Burlison played with the Griffins for four years, starting in 2007 in the outfield, at second base and at shortstop. He was a 2010 Central All-Region honoree as a shortstop, named First Team All-SLIAC that same year and Second Team All-SLIAC his junior year as an outfielder. After his final season, Burlison was awarded Fontbonne's Red Schoendienst Award, the highest award for a male student-athlete based on performance.

"I just wanted to send a special thanks to everyone who supported me along the way," said Burlison. "First and foremost, I wouldn't have this opportunity without the love and continued support of my parents, family and wife. To my teammates: thank you for making everyday a day to remember and pushing me to be my best. To all of my coaches, especially Coach Good and Coach York, thank you for the memories, support, and every opportunity you have given me. It is an honor to be inducted and something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you!"

In his career, Burlison averaged .375 at the plate, a .546 slugging percentage, recorded 188 hits, including 20 doubles and seven triples, and walked 52 times. He continues to hold the school record for number of career stolen bases (58) which were on 65 attempts. He finished his senior season with a .434 batting average. At the time of induction, Burlison was second in Fontbonne history for hits in a season (62 in 2009), career hits and career triples. He hit a school-record four triples in 2010.

Burlison resides in Festus, Mo. with his wife Emily and a baby on the way.