Boise State will be forced to begin a national search to replace men’s head golf coach Kevin Burton after Burton made the decision to step down, effective June 21.

Burton, a 1986 graduate of Idaho, began his first of nine seasons with the Broncos in 2005, and has brought dramatic changes to the program during his tenure.

The Broncos finished as high as second in the WAC (2008) under Burton, and also captured three tournament wins as a team.

Under Burton, the Broncos also saw three golfers join the PGA Tour in various forms. Graham DeLaet and Troy Merritt both currently play for the PGA Tour while class of 2013 graduate T.K. Kim currently plays for PGA Tour China.

DeLaet told The Arbiter earlier this year he credits much of his current success to the leadership Burton provided him.

“I wouldn’t be here and be where I am now if it wasn’t for (Burton) and Boise State golf,” DeLaet said.

The individual golfers were not the only aspect of the program Burton had an affect on. This past year, he began the process to build a new indoor practice facility for the Broncos to utilize during the harsh winter months.

Even with all of the changes Burton has brought to Boise State, he felt now is the time for him to make a personal change.

“I have enjoyed my time as head coach of the Boise State men’s golf team,” Burton said in a press release from the athletic department. “I will definitely miss coaching, especially my players, but there are some other things I would like to pursue in my career and I feel like the time is right for me to make a change.”

Athletic Director Mark Coyle will begin a national search for Burton’s replacement immediately.