MA, University of Memphis 1989
“My father told me to do something I love doing, and that led me to coaching,” said Bubba Burr. A native of Memphis, Bubba attended the University of Memphis (then Memphis State University), from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management. While earning a master’s degree in teaching, also from Memphis, Bubba served as a graduate assistant in baseball.
Bubba’s first teaching position was at Memphis University School (MUS), where he was a physical education instructor, linebacker coach, defensive coordinator, and assistant coach for the varsity baseball team. “I love working with the kids. That is why I got into this profession,” he said.
Memphis University School and Baylor competed in the D2 division of TSSAA, so Bubba was familiar with the school when he was asked to join its faculty. “Phil Massey was an office mate of mine at MUS, and when he got the head football job at Baylor, he offered me a job on his staff.”
It has been a good move for Bubba and his family. He and his wife, Molly, and their two young sons, Thomas '22 and Charlie, lived on campus for his first few years at Baylor. “Part of what makes Baylor special is the combination of boarding and day students. You don't have that at too many places, and each brings different characteristics to the mix,” he said. They all combine to make this a great place.”
Although he enjoys all sports—his spare time is spent either fishing or doing something related to sports—he’s happiest when he is interacting with students. Because Bubba took his father’s advice to heart, he now spends his days doing what he loves.
Bubba and his wife, Molly, have two sons - Thomas '22 and Charlie.
Written by Rachel Schulson