Austin Burk resigns as McNeese Cowboys golf head coach

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LAKE CHARLES – Austin Burk, who has guided the McNeese men’s golf team for the last six years, has resigned his position effective immediately to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Burk turned around a Cowboy golf program almost immediately as the team earned NCAA Tournament bids three straight years (2015, 2016, 2017), back-to-back Southland Conference Championships in 2016 and 2017 and two conference runner-up spots in 2015 and 2018.

He was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and the Louisiana Coach of the Year in 2016.

“This was a very tough decision,” said Burk. “Our time in Lake Charles has been very special. The list of folks we will miss is endless, but we will be back. McNeese is a great university and I know the team will continue to be successful. My family and I will always call Lake Charles our second home.”

McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill said a search for Burk’s replacement will begin immediately.

“We want to wish Austin and his family the best,” said Hemphill. “He put McNeese men’s golf back on the map, not only with his coaching and ability to recruit great players, but also with his involvement in the community and building lasting relationships.

“We’re going to miss him but wish him well in his next adventure.”

The Cowboys will open up the spring season on Feb. 4 at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University.

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