University of Charleston has hired Becky Burke as its next head women’s basketball coach to lead the Golden Eagles into the 2018-19 season.
Burke spent the last the last two seasons as head coach of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she led the new Eagles program to a remarkable record of success in just two seasons of competition.
In the second season of play, Burke led ERAU to a 21-6 overall record and a second-place finish in the regular season in the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) where the Eagles posted an 11-3 mark and qualified for their first Cal Pac Tournament appearance. Embry-Riddle also recorded another program first in 2017-18, appearing in the top-25 national rankings as high as No. 24 during the season. In her first season with ERAU she led the team to a winning record, with the Eagles finishing 14-12 in their inaugural season.
Prior to taking on the job of building the Embry-Riddle program, Burke was a member of the staff at Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) where she was the first assistant coach for the 2014-15 campaign. She was primarily responsible for individual development at the guard position, along with implementing defensive schemes, as well as serving as the Puma’s recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.
During the 2013-14 season, Burke was the director of basketball operations at California State – Fullerton where she helped the Titans record an 8-8 record in Big West Conference play.
A 2012 graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in spots management, Burke was a standout member of the Cardinals women’s basketball team. She was a part of three NCAA Tournament teams, including helping the Cardinals to the NCAA championship game in 2009 and to the Sweet 16 in 2010. Burke led the team in scoring as a sophomore and was second as a senior, averaging 13.8 and 11.9 points per game respectively. As a senior she tied the school record for three-pointers in a game, draining eight against Syracuse. Burke ended her Louisville career as a member of the school’s 1,000-point club and became just the second Cardinal ever to participate in the State Farm College Three-Point Championship her senior year, placing second.
Burke’s playing experience at NCAA Division I and immediate success as an up-and-coming coach will be paramount in rebuilding the Golden Eagle women’s basketball tradition of success. “It’s exciting to hear Coach Burke’s enthusiasm for coaching the Golden Eagles” said University of Charleston President, Dr. Ed Welch. “She has played on championship teams and knows every detail about how to run a championship program. She is clearly committed to winning championships for Charleston.”
University of Charleston decided on Burke following a national search. “Becky emerged as a talented leader that is most prepared to coach the Golden Eagles in this era of highly competitive college basketball” said Director of Athletics, Dr. Bren Stevens. “Coach Burke will be able to develop our student-athletes and prepare them for productive lives both on and off the court which aligns perfectly with our mission and core values. Becky’s experience as a standout basketball player at the University of Louisville will bring instant credibility to our program and should allow us to recruit some of the best student-athletes in the country.”burke DII Head Coach