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WC hires Burke to lead football program

Kevin Burke has been hired as the next head coach of the Wilmington College football program.

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Wilmington College Senior Athletic Director Bill Wilson announced the hiring of Kevin Burke as its new head football coach on Tuesday. Burke is the 16th head coach of the Quakers program since 1947.

“We are excited to have Kevin join the Wilmington College family as our next head football coach,” said WC Senior Athletic Director Bill Wilson. “It became very evident during the interview process that Kevin is dedicated to the development of the student-athlete as a person, as a student and as a football player.”

Wilson continued, “He is an effective communicator that our current players, recruits, campus community and stakeholders will appreciate knowing. »

Burke is no stranger to being a collegiate head coach, having spent six seasons at the helm of the Juniata College football program before leading his alma mater, Gettysburg College, for two seasons.

“Everyone I met while visiting Wilmington made me feel at home. I can’t wait to meet the whole team and get started. My family and I couldn’t be more excited,” Burke said.

Burke spent the last four seasons as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota Morris. In 2023, the Cougars were 7-4 and won their first Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship since 2006. The Cougars also earned a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time since nineteen eighty one.

Minnesota Morris Athletic Director Matt Johnson was excited about Burke’s new opportunity: “While I am sad to see Coach Burke leave UMN Morris, I am incredibly grateful for everything he has given to our football program and to the university. Kevin is an exceptional football coach and, more importantly, a great person. »

UM-Morris Head Football Coach Marty Hoffmann added, “We want to thank Coach Burke for all he has done for Cougar football. Since arriving on campus, he has helped transform Cougar football into a championship program. We wish him all the best at Wilmington College. They have a great coach and an even better person.

Prior to Minnesota Morris, Burke spent 16 seasons (2004-2019) at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, including 14 as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator before the last two as head coach of the Bullets. During his time in Gettysburg, the Bullets led the Centennial Conference in total offense five times, rushing attack seven times and passing attack twice.

Before that, he spent nine of ten seasons at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, including three as an assistant coach (1994-1996) and offensive coordinator, before six as head coach from 1998-2003. In 1999, he led the Eagles to a second-place finish in the MAC, which was their highest finish in school history. He spent one season in 1997 at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont as defensive coordinator.

Burke began his coaching journey at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York for two seasons (1990-1991) as the wide receivers coach. He then headed to Clinton, New York, for a two-season stint (1992-93) as an assistant at Hamilton College. There, he served as secondary, special teams, passing game and recruiting coordinator.

Burke also held other positions during his tenure in college athletics, including assistant athletic director at Juniata, head track and field coach at Juniata and Norwich, and assistant coach of athletics in Juniata and Hamilton. He also taught several classes throughout his time in college athletics.

Burke will take over a Wilmington College program that finished 3-7 overall over the past two seasons and 2-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

What They Say About Kevin Burke

“I am excited for Kevin and the Burke family as they embark on this new challenge. I had the pleasure of competing against Kevin for many years and learning from him after our competitive days were over. Kevin is a fierce competitor, an extremely innovative football coach and his ability to unite and lead his team is his greatest asset. I am excited to have Kevin return to the role of head coach and am confident that Wilmington College will thrive under his leadership. – Bob Chesney, James Madison University head football coach

“Kevin is an exceptional football coach and an even better mentor to today’s student-athletes. Throughout his career, he has worked at prestigious universities and colleges. His students have succeeded because of his continued commitment to each of them on and off the field. I have no doubt that in his new position as head football coach, Wilmington College’s student-athletes will thrive on the field and in the classroom. – Mark Nofri, Sacred Heart University head football coach

“Kevin Burke is not only one of the best coaches I have known throughout my career, but he is also a great man and friend. He is a tremendous leader and shaper of young men. He is a coach I would entrust my own son to and a football strategist with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing ideas over the years. I couldn’t be more excited for Coach Burke and the entire Wilmington College community and their future together. – Herb Hand, University of Central Florida co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach

“The Wilmington football program is recruiting a man of high moral character with an innovative offensive mind. Coach Burke was the first college coach to contact me to recruit me in high school and we have had a close relationship ever since. I’ve faced Kevin on several occasions and I know how much pressure his offensive schemes put on opposing defenses. I am thrilled that Kevin will have this opportunity and look forward to seeing the Quakers thrive under his leadership. – Mike Weick, Princeton University Assistant Head Coach/Inside Linebackers Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator

“Coach Burke is an excellent choice for the Wilmington College football program. He is as passionate and dedicated a coach as I am and will bring great wisdom for the players to use on and off the field. – Dante Fargnoli, Atlanta Falcons college scout

“To be one of his players to coach in D3, FCS, FBS and NFL. I can attest to the great coach, mentor and person that Coach Burke is. He always does his best to put his players in the best position to succeed on and off the field! – Jamel Mutunga, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive assistant

“Kevin Burke is a man of integrity. He has extensive knowledge of all phases of football and running a successful program. I have no doubt he will lead Wilmington football to many successes! » – Barry Streeter, former Gettysburg College head football coach

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