Tulane names Stew Burke Head Women’s Golf Coach
Former USC associate head coach led the Trojans to a No. 1 ranking and the 2019 PAC-12 Championship
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University Director of Athletics Troy Dannen announced today the hiring of Stew Burke as the Green Wave’s new head women’s golf coach. Burke becomes the sixth head coach in the 30-year history of the Green Wave women’s golf program.
Burke comes to Tulane after spending the past three seasons at the University of Southern California serving as the Trojans’ associate head coach.
“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead the Tulane women’s golf program and join a wonderful team of student-athletes, coaches and staff members,” Burke said.
This past season, USC was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team in the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings. The Trojans also captured the 2019 PAC-12 Championship and the NCAA West Regional crown.
“Together as a team, I know we have everything in place to elevate our program to a national level, compete for conference titles and pursue excellence in all facets of collegiate golf,” Burke said. “I can’t thank Coach Gaston, Coach Silverstein, the student-athletes and the rest of the support staff at USC enough for putting me in position for this opportunity. I will never forget my time at USC and I look forward to competing against them on the national stage in the very near future.”
Over his three-year tenure at USC, Burke helped guide the Trojans to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Final Four (2017 and 2018) and one trip to the Elite Eight (2019). In addition, the Trojans captured 14 team victories and posted a staggering mark of 18 consecutive finishes in the top three from the spring of 2018 to the spring of 2019.
“Stew impressed everyone during his visit to Tulane and we can’t wait for him to get started,” Dannen said. “He has a great vision for the future of our program and knows how to win at the highest levels. His experiences at Kansas State and at one of the nation’s top programs in USC, provide him with a roadmap for leading our program to conference and national accomplishment.”
The Scotland native has also established a strong reputation of developing individual excellence during his time at USC, as he coached eight First Team PAC-12 All-Conference players and 10 All-Americans.
Burke began his Division I collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach for the Kansas State women’s golf team in the spring of 2014.
He helped the Wildcats post the top two team stroke averages in school history during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He also coached four individual medalists, four Big 12 Players of the Month and one NCAA Regional qualifier during his time with the Wildcats.
Prior to his arrival in Manhattan, Kansas, the Wildcats owned a GolfStat.com ranking of 105. Upon his departure from KSU, Burke guided the program to a Top 40 ranking. He also helped guide the Wildcats to three team victories over his three-year tenure at KSU.
He joined Kansas State after three years working as the Director of Recruitment at United Sports USA, a company that assists NCAA Division I coaches of all sports with recruiting the top student-athletes from the United Kingdom and Europe. A partner who helped set up United Sports USA, Burke also previously worked at a similar organization called First Point USA Sport Scholarship Consultants.
Burke played collegiately at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management in 2007. He served as an assistant coach with Lindenwood’s men’s and women’s golf teams in 2008.
While competing at Lindenwood from 2003-07, Burke worked at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Missouri, as the Acting Director of Golf. At Old Hickory, Burke managed personnel, oversaw tournament operations and scoring functions while running the junior summer program, among other responsibilities.
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