Offensive Line / Tight Ends Coach / Run Game Coordinator
Drew Burton joins the SVSU Football coaching staff as the offensive line coach for the 2018 season, beginning his duties in January.
Burton comes to SVSU from Alma College, where he spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach and helped the Scots improve in almost every offensive category. The 2016 squad produced one of Alma's most prolific ground games in school history, as the Scots posted the fourth-best rushing total in the history of the program and tied with school record with 28 rushing TDs. During the 2015 campaign, Alma racked up over 4,000 yards of total offense, become the 11th team in school history to accomplish the feat. Burton's offensive line also paved the way for the ninth-best rushing total for an Alma College back in school history.
Prior to joining the Alma staff, Burton spent four seasons (2010-13) coaching the offensive line at Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During his final season in 2013, the Pointers averaged 399.8 yards per game, the highest total for UWSP since 2004. When Burton arrived in 2010, he helped the Pointers to improvements in a number of offensive categories. He also mentored six different players that earned All-WIAC honors, including one that was selected to play in the 2011 Aztec Bowl, the premier NCAA Division III all-star game.
Before his stint at UWSP, Burton spent one season (2009) as the varsity defensive line and offensive line coach for Grand Haven High School.
As a player, Burton was an offensive guard from 2003-06 at Grand Valley State University, seeing action in 43 games, including 17 starts. As a sophomore, Burton was a part of the 2003 squad that won the NCAA Division II championship and played in all 15 games. He also spent two years (2001-02) at the University of Idaho before transferring to GVSU.
Following college, Burton played for the Muskegon Thunder professional indoor football team in 2008 and 2009.
A 2006 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Burton also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012. He is currently working on a master's degree in sports psychology at the University of Idaho.
Burton and his wife, Tracy, reside in Alma, Mich., with their daughter, Kinley.
Wide Receivers Coach / Academic Coordinator
Zanellato joined the SVSU football program in March, 2019.
Zanellato, a former wide receiver at Penn State, spent the 2018 season with Division II Lock Haven where he served as the Wide Receiver’s Coach and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator.
The passing game at Lock Haven saw significant improvements after Zanellato joined the staff, by quadrupling the number of receiving touchdowns, improving 53 spots in the National Passing Offense Rankings, and producing three players who earned post-season accolades. Jalen Jackson (All-American), Nysir Minney-Gratz (All-Region), and Bryan Greene (All-Conference) all had prolific seasons in 2018.
While being responsible for recruiting District 3 (Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Reading) in Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. area, Zanellato led the entire Lock Haven staff by signing 16 prospects in the 2019 Signing. His signees included the first 8 recruits from the Washington D.C. area in Lock Haven Football history.
2017 season with Division I Western Michigan where he served as the special team’s quality control analyst.
Western Michigan finished the 2017 season ranked third in the nation (ESPN) among FBS schools in special team’s efficiency. 5th Round Draft Pick (Cincinnati Bengals) defensive back Darius Phillips, two-time MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, was named a Mid-American Conference (MAC) First Team kickoff returner and Second Team punt returner after he set the FBS record for 12 Total Return Touchdowns.
Zanellato spent the 2016 season at Davenport University, serving as an offensive assistant and running backs coach. Davenport averaged 158.4 yards per game and scored 10 running touchdowns.
The former standout wide receiver at Lake Braddock Second School in Burke, Virginia, went on to a successful career at Penn State. The five-year scholarship athlete and four-year lettermen played in 39 games with the Nittany Lions including the Pin Stripe Bowl and Tax Slayer Bowl.
Zanellato also had the privilege playing for all three coaching staffs during his tenure at Penn State. The late Joe Paterno (2011), current Houston Texan’s Head Coach Bill O’Brien (2012-2013) and current Penn State Head Coach James Franklin (2014-2015).
In high school, the former Virginia All-State selection caught 94 passes for 1,756 yards and 21 TDs as a senior. He was tabbed as a four-star recruit and ranked among the top-40 high school wide receivers in the nation as a senior.
Zanellato was an All-Big Ten Academic selection and during his senior year he was the recipient of Penn State football’s public service award.
Running Backs Coach / Pass Game Coordinator
Eli Reinhart joined head coach Ryan Brady's staff in March of 2019 as the team's running backs coach and pass game coordinator.
Reinhart comes to Saginaw Valley after serving as the Inside Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Ferris State University.
At Ferris State, Reinhart helped lead the Bulldogs to a GLIAC championship and an appearance in the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship game.
Reinhart served as the Offensive Coordinator at Montrose High School from 2013-2017.
Eli earned his Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Saginaw Valley State University in 2017.