June 5, 2012
Release courtesy McNeeseSports.com
LAKE CHARLES, La. - Austin Burk, an assistant coach at Baylor for three seasons, has been named men's golf coach at McNeese State University, Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland announced Tuesday.
"Austin is a winner," McClelland said. "He has the energy, knowledge and skill that it takes to be successful at this level. 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 (local, regional, national and international)."
“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.”
He will take over his new position on July 1 and become the 12th head coach in McNeese golf history.
During the past three years, Burk has helped his team advance to the NCAA regionals, twice as the assistant coach at Baylor (2010-11 and 2011-12) and once as the assistant coach at Rice (2009-10). He was also serving as the assistant coach at Baylor in 2006-07 when the team advanced to the regional tournament.
In 2012, Baylor finished fifth at the Big 12 Championship with standout Joakim Mikkelsen winning the individual title.
In his three-year stint at Rice, Burk helped the Owls win their first team championship since 1998 and make their first NCAA postseason appearance in 13 years. They also tied for second in the Conference USA tournament. Additionally during his final season at Rice, the Owls had all 10 golfers named to the C-USA Commissioner's honor roll.
Burk was a member of the golf team at Baylor during his collegiate career, playing on the Bears' 2001 Big 12 championship team. He won the Texas Collegaite Amateur title the same year. Following graduation he competed on the Tight Lies and the Grey Goose professional tours.
In 2003 he served as the boys' and girls' golf coach at Preparatory School in Waco in 2003, leading the boys' team into the state tournament.
A fifth generation Baylor graduate and a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), Burk is married to the former Amber Alcala and the couple has a daughter, Caroline.
What others are saying about Austin Burk
“I am very excited that McNeese has hired Austin. He was a tremendous asset to our program at Rice for three seasons, and really enabled us to reach some incredible goals, with his attention to detail with recruiting, course management, tournament operations, and especially fund raising. The Cowboy golf program will be in excellent hands with Austin Burk!”
Scott Drew, former Head Men's Golf Coach at Rice University and current assistant women's golf coach at the University of Oregon
“This is a great hire for McNeese State. Austin is a hard worker and will be an asset and perfect fit for this program.”
Greg Priest, Head Men's Golf Coach at Baylor
“Austin is going to make a tremendous impact on the golf program at McNeese State. He has been a great Assistant Coach at Rice University and Baylor University. Austin is a great recruiter and very well connected among coaches."
Jonathan Dismuke, Head Men's Golf Coach at University of Houston
“Austin is a rising star in the business and will undoubtedly bring much success to McNeese State. I am very excited for him with this opportunity ahead of him.”
Greg Sands, Head Coach at Texas Tech