On July 7, 2021, Scott Burt was introduced as the fourth Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations in Rapid City Rush history.
In his first season as Rapid City's head coach, Burt guided the team to a record of 36-25-6-5, an ECHL-era franchise-best 83 points and the first Kelly Cup Playoff appearance for Rapid City since the 2014-15 season. The Rush advanced to the second round of the postseason by defeating the Allen Americans in five games, before falling to the Utah Grizzlies in six games. In June of 2022, he was promoted to Head Coach and General Manager
He took over as Rapid City's coach following a season as the assistant coach of the division rival Idaho Steelheads. In his lone coaching season in Boise in 2019-20, he helped guide the Steelheads to a 36-18-3-4 record in 61 games prior to the season’s conclusion due to COVID-19. That year, Idaho was one of only seven teams in the entire ECHL to amass 20 or more wins on home ice.
Prior to joining the Steelheads, Burt served six seasons in the major-junior level as the assistant coach of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs. He helped the Chiefs to playoff appearances in five of his six seasons on the bench, advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 2019. Burt also helped develop young talent that advanced to play in the National Hockey League, including 2021 World Champion Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings), 2020 World Junior Champion and 2021 NHL All-Rookie selection Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils), and two-time World Junior Championship bronze medalist and AHL All-Star Kailer Yamamoto (Edmondton Oilers).
His coaching career began with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces as an assistant coach for a pair of seasons from 2011 to 2013. There, the former Aces Captain made playoffs in both of his seasons on the bench, reaching the 2012 Western Conference Finals and 2013 Western Conference Semifinals. He also helped coach the Aces to a 2013 Brabham Cup Regular Season Championship with an ECHL-best 49-15-4-4 record and 106 standings points.
A native of Mackenzie, British Columbia, Burt, 45, began the coaching phase of his career following 13 seasons as a forward in the WCHL, ECHL, and AHL. All but three seasons of his career were played in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads, Utah Grizzlies, and Alaska Aces, amassing career totals of 149 goals, 207 assists, 356 points, and 1,067 PIM in 586 games. As a player, Burt made the playoffs in all but two of his 13 seasons, played for his league championship on six different occasions, and twice was named the Captain of his team, rotating as Steelheads Captain in 2007 while also serving as Aces Captain from 2009 to 2011. Burt is a three-time Kelly Cup Champion, one of only six people with his name on the ECHL’s most coveted prize three times, winning titles with Idaho in 2004 and 2007, and in his final professional season with the Aces in 2011.
Overall, in his 13-year playing career in the ECHL with the Toledo Storm, Wheeling Nailers, Alaska Aces, and Idaho Steelheads in both the ECHL and WCHL, Burt earned 203 goals, 259 assists, 461 points, and 1,266 PIM in 739 games. Prior to turning professional, he played in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Swift Current broncos, Edmonton Ice, and Red Deer Rebels, registering 172 points and 354 PIM in 254 games.