Ezra Burdix '79
Ezra Burdix '79
BASKETBALL / FOOTBALL
Ezra Burdix arrived at Stevenson School as a sophomore and immediately had a huge impact on the school’s sports programs. An exceptionally gifted all-around athlete, he earned starting roles right away in both football and basketball. He would eventually join forces with Chris Ware and Tony Woods to form what called the best athletic trio in Stevenson history.
After a very successful junior year leading both the football and basketball teams, Ezra joined with Ware and Woods to lead the charge on two of the most successful football and basketball campaigns in school history. In his senior year, averaging over 200 yards per game, he helped lead the Pirates to their first win in football over Palma, which was probably Palma’s last loss in the now-defunct Mission Trail Athletic League. The basketball season that year was one for the record books as well. With Ezra averaging 20 points per game, the team won its first 25 games, eventually finishing 25-2 following a loss in the CCS playoffs. Ezra now resides in Indianapolis where he owns and oversees DTM Real Estate Services.
Living in Seaside and being heavily recruited by both Seaside High and Monterey High proved to be a challenging decision process. Having friends that would be attending both schools that I had played sports with for years was tough. Then I visited RLS, met “my man” Gordon Davis and some of the staff and coaches, and my decision was clear. Coming in as a sophomore, making the varsity team in both football and basketball gave me the opportunity to play with the old guys and really learn what this game was all about. I quickly became a Pirate and was all in against the world. In my senior year, we beat Palma in football. We had a great season that year, but knocking off Palma was the highlight. In addition to having a great cast of teammates, we also had exceptional coaches. Lou Young was a great mentor. I still recall long conversations he and I had about sports and life. Coach Goodwin taught us all about the law of averages, and encouraged us to “get after it while still having fun.” Lastly, Coach Harbert helped a bunch of strong players become a lean, mean, fighting machine. The education, mentorship, life lessons, friendships, comradery, wins, losses, and the 1979 basketball season are memories I have carried with me for a lifetime. Go PIRATES!!!