In 1985-86, Burrell broke Houston’s freshman long jump record, previously held by Carl Lewis, when he leaped 26’-9” in 1986. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Burrell and his team won the gold medal and set a new world record with a time of 37.40 seconds in the 4x100 relay. Burrell also had a fifth-place finish in the 100m at the Olympic Games. In the 21 seasons as head track and field coach at the University of Houston, Burrell has added 155 NCAA All-Americans and a combined 39 team conference championships to the record books. He was named C-USA Coach of the Year 23 times and has been a recipient of the American Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year 12 times. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.