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Ian Burgoyne

United States Naval Academy
Applied Mathematics


Ian Burgoyne served as the Naval Academy’s Brigade Commander during the fall 2018 semester. The Brigade Commander is the highest ranking midshipman within the 4,400 student body. Majoring in applied mathematics, he owns a 3.86 grade-point average. He has earned a 4.00 grade-point average three of the seven semesters at the Academy. He has been named to the Superintendent’s List six times, the Commandant’s List seven times and the Dean’s List once. He stands 126th in his class of 1,082 students in Academic Order of Merit, 51st in Military Order of Merit and 112th in Overall Order of Merit. He has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll three times. He was named to the 2018 ECAC President’s Academic Honor Roll.


There’s no greater example of Burgoyne’s character than being selected Brigade Commander (the highest ranking midshipman on the Yard, who directs the 4,400 member student body). He was chosen for his outstanding leadership performance, he was responsible for much of the Brigade’s day-to-day activities, as well as the professional training of other midshipmen. He is the first Navy lacrosse player to serve in this role since Art Athens in 1978, although Athens stepped away from lacrosse to focus on his role within the Brigade. Also, he was selected by a vote of his teammates to wear jersey No. 40 in honor of fallen Navy SEAL and former Navy lacrosse player Lt. Brendan Looney, who was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 21, 2010. A young man with great integrity, selfless, accountable and leader are a few words that best describe Burgoyne.


Burgoyne currently serves as a SHAPE (Sexual Harassment Assault Prevention Education) peer educator at the Naval Academy. Peer Educators teach weekly classes/sessions focused on setting a positive culture about sexual harassment and assault, as well as educating about common misconceptions and myths. These sessions are geared toward all classes at the Naval Academy.

As the Brigade Commander, he organized a staff that was heavily involved in organizing the funeral for Naval Academy graduate Senator John McCain, which took place on the grounds of the Naval Academy. Burgoyne, the brigade Executive Officer and other key members of the staff organized roughly 600 midshipmen for the funeral at the Chapel and for midshipmen to execute a final salute as his procession headed to the cemetery.

He is one of the key members of the Navy lacrosse team who has embraced 8-year-old Grayson Osborne who was adopted by the team four years ago. Grayson was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was just under 2 years old. Burgoyne has been active in visiting him at home and when he has a hospital stay in keeping his spirits up and supporting the family which also includes two siblings.


Burgoyne has seen action in 21 games over his career and has started two. He is expected to either be a starter at midfield this spring or on the second midfield line, playing a pivotal role in the success of the program.