McNeese State hires new golf coach

LAKE CHARLES - Austin Burk, an assistant coach at Baylor for three seasons, has been named head golf coach at McNeese State.

Athletic director Tommy McClelland made the announcement of Burk's hire.

"Austin is a winner," said McClelland.  "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 who understsands, and is connected to, all levels of recruiting (local, regional, national and international)."

Burk will take over his new position on July 1st and become the 12th head coach in McNeese golf history.

During the past three years, Burk has helped his team advance to the NCAA regional's, twice as the assistant coach at Baylor (2011-12 season and 2010-11 season) and once as the assistant coach at Rice (2009-10 season).  He was also serving as the assistant coach at Baylor in 2006-07 when the team advanced to the regional tournament.

This past season Baylor finished 5th in the Big 12 championship tournament 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 post season appearance in 13 years.  They also tied for second in the C-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.