Hall of Fame – 2014
Coach Burke began coaching in 1964 as a Jr. High Coach, retiring in 2004 after 40 years as a wrestling coach. He was a Head Wrestling Coach for 32 Years, 16 years in Nebraska and 16 Years in Colorado. During that time Coach Burke has had 2 State Runner-up teams and 4 State Championship teams in Nebraska. For 31 straight years one or more of his wrestlers placed at state with a total of 22 State Champions. 11 State Champions from Nebraska and 11 from Colorado. His teams have set numerous records on the state level and a National Record of 12 straight tournament championships. He was named National Coach of the Year for USA Wrestling in 1987.
Coach Burke started the wrestling program in Franklin, Nebraska and within 10 years Franklin had set national records and had been State Runner-up and twice State Champions. He then coached in Clay Center Nebraska for 3 years where the Wildcats placed runner-up and had 2 consecutive State Championships. In 1988 Coach Burke went back to his home state of Colorado and coached for 16 years, until his retirement at Palisade High School. The highlight of his coaching in Colorado was coaching his own two sons. Dan Burke became the only wrestler Coach Burke has coached to win 3 State Championships. He is being introduced by Doug Walton.