Burk named head coach at McNeese State
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Austin Burk, an assistant men's coach at Baylor, has been named head men's coach at McNeese State, athletic director Tommy McClelland announced.
"Austin is a winner. He has the energy, knowledge and skill that it takes to be successful at this level," McClelland said. "His passion and desire to build a championship-caliber program came across loud and clear during the interview process. It was also very important to me that we find someone that understands, and is connected to, all levels of recruiting."
Burk helped guide Baylor to the NCAA regionals in the past two seasons and, as the assistant at Rice, to regional play. Burk, a Baylor alumnus, played on the Bears' 2001 Big 12 Conference champions. He competed professionally on the mini tours for two years before turning toward coaching.
“I would like to thank Mr. McClelland and his committee for this great opportunity," Burk said. "His vision and leadership for McNeese State athletics is evident and would make anyone eager to join the Cowboy family. Lake Charles has some of the best golf courses in the South as well as strong support from alumni and former lettermen. I have no doubt that our goals of championships, post-season play and academic success will all be reached.”
Burk's hire is effective July 1.
“This is a great hire for McNeese State," said Greg Priest, Baylor's head coach. "Austin is a hard worker and will be an asset and perfect fit for this program.”