Natalie Burton will serve as the interim head coach
Sept. 12, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) -SMU equestrian coach Natalie Burton has been named the interim head coach, Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced on Thursday. SMU and Burton have also named former Baylor assistant Trista Adkins the program's western coach, as the Mustangs field their first western team in school history.
Burton enters her fourth season with the Mustangs this fall, after joining the program in 2010. In her three years on the Hilltop, Burton and the Mustangs have made the program's only two trips to the Second Round of the NCEA Championships, qualifying as the No. 5 seed in 2012 and the No. 6 seed in 2013.
Adkins will help kick-start a western program for the second time in her career, most recently doing so at Baylor in 2006. That season, the Bears were the only first-year western program to be invited to the National Championships, something the Mustangs will look to do again in 2013-14. At Baylor, Adkins helped lead the program to a fifth-place national finish in 2007, an eighth-place finish in 2008 and a seventh-place finish in 2009.
"I am very pleased to welcome Trista to the Mustang family," Burton said. "She has a proven track record of starting a western program and making it immediately successful. Anchored on the strength of our hunt seat team, I have no doubt that she will bring the western side up to speed and help our program to be successful on both sides."
The 2013-14 schedule will be announced on Friday.