Steve Buratto

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Steve Buratto
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamUBC Thunderbirds
Biographical details
Bornc. 1943
Playing career
1963–65 Idaho
Position(s) Center

Steve Buratto (born c. 1943) is a Canadian football coach and former offensive lineman. He is the offensive coordinator for the UBC Thunderbirds football team. He is also a former head coach in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions, the latter of which he won the 88th Grey Cup with.

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Early career

Buratto graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Washington, in 1961. A late bloomer, he did not make the varsity team until his senior year. [1] He attended junior college at Columbia Basin College for a year in Pasco, Washington, then transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow, recruited by Bud Riley to play for head coach Dee Andros. He redshirted in 1962 and then was a center for the Vandals for three seasons, and played with Jerry Campbell and Don Matthews.

Not selected in the 1966 NFL Draft, Buratto tried out with the Green Bay Packers, then taught at Sandpoint High School for a year, and was invited to try again with Green Bay in 1967. [2] After losing 25 pounds (11 kg) due to an intestinal virus, Buratto arrived at camp weakened and underweight, so it was back to Idaho as a graduate assistant. In 1968, Buratto left for Twin Falls High School in southern Idaho, where he was an assistant football coach and the wrestling coach. In 1973, he joined the staff at Boise State under head coach Tony Knap, a fellow former Vandal. He followed Knap to UNLV in 1976 for four seasons, before he left for Saskatchewan of the CFL. [3]

CFL coach

Buratto's pro coaching career started in 1980 as the Offensive Line Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 1983, he became the Defensive Coordinator for the B.C. Lions, where his team lost to the Argonauts in the Grey Cup final. He was named Head Coach of the Calgary Stampeders in 1984. After a 6–10 record and last place finish in the West Division in 1984, followed by a poor start the following year, he was fired and replaced by Bud Riley. In 1986 he returned to B.C. as their Co-Offensive Coordinator/Defensive Coordinator. After a 7-year hiatus, he returned to coaching in 1993 as the Offensive Line Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He then helped build one of the greatest offences in league history as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Stallions. In 1994 and 1995 the team made back-to-back Grey Cup appearances.

In 2000 he became receivers coach for the Lions, however only held the job for a few weeks as he was promoted to head coach after head coach Greg Mohns resigned to join the XFL. Over the team's final 11 games he led the Lions to a 5–6 record, good enough for a spot in the playoffs. In the Division Semifinals B.C. upset the Edmonton Eskimos 34–32 at Commonwealth Stadium. In the Division Finals, the Lions traveled to McMahon Stadium where they defeated the 12–5 Calgary Stampeders 37–23. In the 88th Grey Cup, the Lions faced the 12–6 Montreal Alouettes. Despite being an underdog, the Lions held the lead throughout the game and won 28–26. The Lions, who finished with an 8–10 record during the regular season, became the first team ever to finish with a regular season record below .500 and win the Grey Cup.

Buratto was retained by the Lions for the 2001 season, going 8–10 and losing to Calgary in the Division Semifinals. After a 1–5 start in 2002, Buratto was replaced by General Manager Adam Rita.

Buratto became the Lions’ Offensive Coordinator in 2003 and in 2004, helped guide his team to the Grey Cup. In 2005 he joined Tom Higgins staff in Calgary as Offensive Coordinator. After being let go by the Stampeders, the Argonauts hired Buratto to replace the fired Kent Austin as Offensive Coordinator. In 2009, he was reassigned to Special Teams Coordinator and running backs coach. In 2010, he was hired as the offensive line coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. After spending one season with the Tiger-Cats, Buratto joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders to assume the offensive line coach position. [4]

Personal

Steve is married to Judy and they make Boise, Idaho, their off-season home. Steve has three children from a previous marriage, Steve Jr., Dina, and Jill.

CFL coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
CAL 1984 6100.3755th in West DivisionMissed Playoffs
CAL 1985 170.1255th in West DivisionFired
BC 2000 560.4543rd in West Division30Won Grey Cup
BC 2001 8100.4443rd in West Division01Lost in Division Semifinals
BC 2002 150.1674th in West DivisionFired
Total21380.3561 West Division
Championship
311 Grey Cup

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References

  1. Lewiston Morning Tribune – Buratto has good chance to stick with Green Bay – 1966-08-18 – p.16
  2. The (Regina) Leader-Post – Steve Buratto – 1980-09-05 – p.15
  3. Lewiston Morning Tribune Buratto wants UI job – 1978-01-05 – p.B1
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Preceded by
Ron Lancaster
Grey Cup winning Head Coach
88th Grey Cup, 2000
Succeeded by
Wally Buono