July 27, 2010
WACO, Texas - Former Baylor four-year letterman Austin Burk has returned as assistant coach for the Bears men's golf program, head coach Greg Priest announced Tuesday. Burk, who served as Baylor's assistant golf coach during the 2006-07 season, was a member of the Bears' 2001 Big 12 Conference championship team.
Burk spent the previous three seasons as assistant golf coach at Rice University in Houston. While at Rice, he was a part of 24 top-10 team finishes, including 12 such performances during the 2009-10 season.
"We are extremely excited to have Austin return to Baylor," Priest said. "He did a great job at Rice and helped the Owls build a solid program that made its first NCAA appearance in 13 years. His experience will be a huge asset for our program because of his familiarity with Baylor."
A prosperous 2009-10 season began with the Owls capturing their first team championship since 1998 and ended with the program's first NCAA postseason appearance in 13 years. Along the way, Rice won a pair of tournament titles, saw golfers win a total of three individual tournaments, including a conference championship and claim the best showing at a conference championship since the 1930s.
Academically, all 10 Rice golf student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2009-10. Three Rice golfers received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal for achieving a 3.75 grade-point average or better.
During the 2008-09 season, the Owls' best outing was a runner-up finish at the Rice Intercollegiate presented by Srixon. Rice also tied for third at the Pacific Invitational during the fall campaign. The Owls had eight golfers earned Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition in 2009.
Burk, a fifth generation Baylor graduate, earned his bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in recreation and leisure services in 2004. He won the 2001 Texas Collegiate Amateur and competed on the Tight Lies and Grey Goose Tours following graduation. He also qualified for the Nationwide Tour Permian Basin Open. He was the head boys' and girls' golf coach at Waco's Vanguard Preparatory School in 2003, leading the boys' team to the state tournament.