Hometown: South Shields, England
College: Fairfield University
College Degree: BSc Business Management & MBA Management and Marketing
Last Club: West Virginia Chaos
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Playing Career: Burridge played in the Academies of Sunderland AFC and Darlington FC from U10-U16. In 2007, he returned to Sunderland for a trial under then boss Roy Keane before making a move across to the United States to play Division I soccer. He went on to play with the under-18 Schoolboys team, which ended the 2006-07 campaign as Centinary Shield winners. He scored three goals and four assists in the six-game season – playing against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Spain and Belgium. He scored 2 goals on his England Debut against a Belgium side that fielded players such as Eden Hazard and Cristian Benteke. Prior to his arrival in the United States, Burridge helped St. Joseph’s R.C. Comprehensive School capture four league titles and two county cup championships as a forward. He was the team’s top goal scorer in both 2006 and 2007. He also played with the Durham County under-16 and under-18 squads. He served as team captain during the team’s run to the National Cup quarterfinals. Burridge enjoyed success as a goal scorer in national play, serving Durham County as the top goal scorer. His experience includes time with the South Tyneside JFC. Burridge was the team’s top scorer for five years in a row, beginning with the 2003 campaign. He comes to Fairfield University after one season at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he tallied four goals and two assists. He earned All-Academic honors and Dean’s List recognition for his academic achievement.
2011: Burridge helped lead Fairfield to the MAAC Regular Season title with a record of 7-0-1 and the MAAC Tournament Championship, giving them a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 and an overall record of 12-5-1. Burridge tallied 4 assists and scored 8 goals in the season, including a Hat-Trick in the MAAC Conference Final in a 3-1 win. He became the joined second leading point scorer in Fairfield History.
2010: Medical Red Shirt
2009: Burridge finished the season as the team’s top scorer with 20 points, netting eight goals and four assists. He entered the 2010 season tied for 12th all-time at Fairfield with 13 career goals. He tallied a personal-best six points in the Manhattan game with two goals and two assists in a 5-0 decision. He also had a goal and an assist in the same game two other times (at Marist, at Rider). He scored a goal in seven of his 17 appearances. He was second in the MAAC with four game-winning goals, fifth with 20 points, fourth in goals, and tied for eighth in assists.
2008: Burridge started 17 games and led all first-year players in scoring with 10 points, netting five goals. He tallied his first Fairfield goal against Yale, netting the game winner in a 1-0 victory. Two games later, Burridge found the back of the net in the Stags’ 2-1 setback against Boston College at home, connecting on a penalty kick. He recorded the team’s lone goal against nationally-ranked Loyola as the Stags came up short by a 2-1 count. He also scored a goal against Siena in the MAAC Tournament semifinals, before netting the game-winning goal against Loyola in the MAAC Tournament championship game.
Coaching: Burridge has been coaching for around 9 years now. He currently works for Shoreline FC in Connecticut, working with boys U13 and girls U15 teams represented in the regional EDP Youth league. After graduating from Fairfield, Burridge became Graduate Assistant Coach for 2 years, before moving to Fordham University to help guide the Fordham Rams to their first A10 title since 1996, and second in program history. Burridge holds his F.A. Level 1 and 2 from England, as well as his USSF “D” Coaching License and USSF “E” Coaching License.