Jan. 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Having helped lead the Navy golf program to two Patriot League titles in the last five seasons including last spring, Mike Burke has been promoted to Associate Head Coach it was announced by Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk on Monday.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to be working with such a highly-respected and dedicated coach as Pat Owen,” said Burke. “I look forward to bringing years of experience, as a golf instructor, and passion for the game to an already highly-talented roster. It is our goal to continue to be one of the best programs in the Patriot League and compete on a national level.”
A native of Cape May Court House, N.J., Burke arrived in Annapolis in the spring of 2007 serving as a member of the Academy’s Golf Professional Staff. A PGA Class “A” Professional since 2007, he joined the Mids’ coaching staff in the spring of 2008 where he has served as a volunteer assistant for Pat Owen.
Since his arrival, Navy has twice won the Patriot League Championship (2008, ‘12) and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, while the Mids have also placed second twice (2009, ‘11) during that time frame. Nine different Midshipmen have garnered All-Patriot League honors, including Erich Schoen who earned Patriot League Player-of-the-Year accolades after taking the individual tournament crown in Burke’s first season. Additionally, Navy has produced the league’s rookie of the year in three of the last five seasons (2008 Ben Hayes, 2009 Peter Reilly, 2011 David Hall).
Prior to his arrival at the Academy, Burke served internships at the Brentwood (Calif.) Country Club, the Seaview Marriott (N.J.), the Air Force Academy (Colo.) and Bandon Dunes (Ore.). A proven master of the links, Burke passed the PGA Playing Ability Test on his first attempt.
Burke is a 2006 graduate of Clemson University, earning his bachelors degree in Professional Golf Management.
“I am thrilled to have Mike Burke join our Navy golf team as associate head coach,” said eight-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and 23rd-year Navy head coach Pat Owen. “Mike has been with us for five years on a volunteer basis and has a wealth of experience and knowledge about our program. His teaching and coaching skills fit well into our system. Given the opportunity to recruit on a national level, I am confident he can help elevate Navy golf to a new level!
The Midshipmen begin their spring season with a March 4-5 trip to Charleston, S.C. where they will compete in the Charleston Shootout.
### Go Navy ###