April 15, 2014

Jordan Burt Signs With Carolina RailHawks

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler midfielder Jordan Burt will be continuing his soccer career on the professional level.  A four-year starter for the Bulldogs, Burt has signed a contract to play for the Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Burt earned his spot on the RailHawks roster after a strong showing during the team's preseason schedule.  He saw action as both a midfielder and as a defender with the NASL team.

"The entire Butler men's soccer program is absolutely thrilled that Jordan has signed a professional contract with the Carolina RailHawks," said Butler head coach Paul Snape.  "Jordy is one of the most committed, hard-working, dedicated individuals I have ever been around.  He is an unselfish leader, who always put his teammates' needs above his own.  I never saw him give less than 100% effort in three years of early morning practices and strength and conditioning sessions."

"The Railhawks have acquired a special individual who will not only make them a better soccer team on the field, but also a better organization in terms of team spirit, leadership and community relations," continued the Butler coach.  "I have nothing but the utmost respect for Jordan Burt as a soccer player and as a human being."

Burt played in 75 matches during four seasons at Butler, including 74 as a starter.  This past season, he tied for seventh on the team in scoring with one goal and four assists, and during his career he recorded six goals and seven assists.  Burt was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2010; the Horizon League Academic All-League Team in 2011 and the Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2012.  He served as a team captain for the Bulldogs in 2013.

"I very much doubt that there is someone more passionate about Butler University than Jordan Burt," praised Snape.  "The boy has blue and white running through his veins."

Burt is the second Butler player to sign with a team in the NASL this spring.  Former teammate Jon Dawson inked a professional contract with the Indy Eleven in March.

The Carolina RailHawks have a 27-match schedule, which runs from April through beginning of November.  The team will be in Indianapolis on Nov. 27 to play the Indy Eleven at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.