Jim Burke, father of head coach Jamie Burke, enters his 10th year as an assistant coach in the Keuka softball program. Burke is no stranger to the ball diamond, as he coached Prattsburgh’s high school softball team from 1992-1994, and Prattsburgh’s baseball team from 1976-2002, where he led his teams to five sectional titles and 10 Section V final appearances.
In June of 2014, Burke was inducted into the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame for his stellar high school coaching career.
He has coached softball/baseball at all levels, including Cinderella Softball, Babe Ruth Baseball, High School softball and baseball, ASA Softball 16-Under and 18-Under, Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League and Southern Tier Semi-Pro Baseball League.
Besides coaching softball and baseball, Burke spent 28 years at the helm of Prattsburgh’s varsity boys basketball team, where he has led his teams to six sectional titles and one state title. He retired with 694 varsity basketball victories (517 with the boys team and 177 when he coached the girls team) and led the Vikings to 10 total sectional championships (six boys, four girls)
In November of 2008, Burke and his daughter, Jamie, were inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame.
Among his numerous honors: Burke was inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2005, the Wayland-Cohocton High School Hall of Fame in 2006 and the National High School Coaches’ Association’s Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a four-year letterman in baseball at Arkansas State University.