Burke Named Tight Ends And Special Teams Coach
Former Louisville quarterback played under Charlie Strong and has spent last six seasons on Strong’s staff
TAMPA, JAN. 11, 2017 – University of South Florida head football coach Charlie Strong today announced the addition of Justin Burke as the Bulls’ tight ends and special teams coach.
Burke, who played quarterback under Strong at Louisville, previously worked on Strong’s staffs the last six seasons at Texas and Louisville. Most recently, Burke served as a quality control special assistant working with tight ends at Texas during the 2016 season. He also worked as an offensive special assistant (2014-15) at Texas and as an offensive quality control assistant (2013) and offensive graduate assistant (2011-2012) at Louisville.
“Justin is a bright young coach with a great future and I’m happy he’s joining us at USF,” Strong said. “He’s a former collegiate quarterback and an All-Big East Academic Team honoree with an MBA, so he’s a smart guy with recent playing experience and will work great with our players at USF.”
Burke played quarterback at Louisville (2008-10) and North Carolina State (2006-08) before beginning his collegiate coaching career as a recruiting intern under Nick Saban at Alabama in 2011.
“I am excited to join Coach Strong at South Florida and continue to build on the great momentum the program has going,” Burke said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to continue my coaching career and I’m really looking forward to working with some very talented tight ends and special teams players at USF.”
Burke was a two-year letter winner and started eight games as a quarterback at Louisville before graduating with a degree in accounting in 2009. He went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Louisville in 2011 and spent half a year working in the financial industry before returning to college football.
He joined Strong’s staff in Louisville in 2011 and was part of team’s that won a pair of Big East Conference Championships (2011, 2012) and had the nation’s fourth-best winning percentage (23-3; 88.5%) over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He worked with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends during his time at Louisville, including 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year Teddy Bridgewater and first team All-AAC wide receiver Devante Parker.
At Texas, Burke worked with wide receivers and quarterbacks as the senior offensive special assistant. He oversaw three staff members and assisted in game planning the pass game and opponent breakdowns as well as special teams punt and kickoff schemes.
Burke was a three-time All-Big East Academic Team honoree and a 2006 All-ACC Academic Team honoree. He was part of the North Carolina State honors program and earned Dean’s List recognition several times at North Carolina State and Louisville.
Season ticket deposits for the 2017 season start at $50 per seat and can be placed at USFBullsTix.com. The Bulls will play seven home games in Raymond James Stadium in 2017, hosting notable games vs. Illinois, Houston, Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati.
USF finished the 2016 season with a school record 11 wins following the program’s fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls’ 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017.
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