Dan Burke Named Wilmington University Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - New Castle, DE
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Dan Burke spent last season at Camden County College after four seasons at Chestnut Hill College as an assistant coach. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Camden County College.
Wilmington University Director of Athletics Linda Andrzjewski is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan Burke as the head coach of the Wildcats’ men’s basketball team, effective immediately.
"It is a great honor to be named head men's basketball coach at Wilmington University,” Burke said of his hiring. “I want to thank all of the members of the search committee for trusting me to lead the program into a new era. Wilmington is a special institution with a mission that I strongly believe in.”
Burke becomes the third head coach of the men’s basketball program in the NCAA era, taking over the Wildcats after successful assistant coaching stints at Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foe Chestnut Hill College and at Camden County College.
Most recently, Burke helped lead Camden County College to a 20-8 record last season, taking the team to the NJCAA Region XIX semifinal game. Camden County College was ranked as high as 11th in the country during the 2013-14 season.
Prior to his season at Camden County College, Burke spent four seasons on the bench at Chestnut Hill, playing against the Wildcats. He coached under current Griffin head coach Jesse Balcer in all four seasons, helping the Griffins to the CACC Tournament Semifinals in the 2010-11 season.
During his time at Chestnut Hill, Burke assisted in the development of four 1,000-point scorers while also helping a pair of student-athletes continue their basketball careers at the professional level.
Before heading into his current coaching career, Burke played four years at Chestnut Hill under Balcer. He was named a team captain as a senior and was awarded the Presidential Leadership Award in 2008, given to five graduating students based on leadership and contributions to the college community.
“We are excited to have Dan join us at Wilmington University,” Andrzjewski said. “We believe he will be a great fit for our team and the University.
Burke takes over a Wildcats team that went 9-19 overall, 5-14 in the CACC, but inherits a roster that only lost three seniors from last year’s team.