Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: (518) 580-5384
Joe Burke took over the Skidmore College men’s basketball program in 2010.
Under Burke, the Skidmore program has had the most successful five-year record in the program's 32-year history, winning 88 games, three Liberty League conference championships and one Liberty League regular season title and making three NCAA tournament appearances. Burke has also coached 17 All-Liberty League players.
In the 2014-2015 season, Skidmore won its first ever Liberty League regular season title, en route to its third conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons. The Thoroughbreds also won the program’s first ever NCAA tournament game, knocking off NESCAC champion Wesleyan (Conn.), 81-66, in the first round. The team’s 20 wins broke the program’s previous record set in the 2011-12 season. Burke and his staff were named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.
Junior guard Aldin Medunjanin was named the Liberty League Player of the Year, headlining a group four Skidmore players named to All-Liberty League teams. Medunjanin was also a D3hoops.com All-East Region First Team selection. All-Liberty League First Team honoree Connor Merrill, one of Burke’s first recruits at Skidmore, became the program’s first ever selection to the Reese’s Division III All-Star game.
Under Burke’s tutelage, the Thoroughbreds established one of the top defenses in the country, ranking 4th in Division III in field goal percentage defense, 11th in blocked shots per game, 20th in defensive rebounds per game and 38th in scoring defense.
In the 2011-12 season, Skidmore won its second straight Liberty League title, beating Hobart on the road to clinch a second straight NCAA Tournament bid. The team established a new program-high with 19 wins, breaking the record set the previous season. The Thoroughbreds ranked 21st nationally in assist/turnover ratio, 12th in turnovers per game, 15th in turnover margin and and 17th in 3PT FG/Game.
In his first season, Burke led the Thoroughbreds to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's 26-year history. Burke also led Skidmore to its first Liberty League title and set program records for wins in a season (18) and league wins (10).
Prior to Skidmore, Burke completed his sixth year as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy after four years on the Cornell University staff.
Burke was instrumental in the resurgence of the Navy program, serving as one of its top recruiters. He brought outstanding talent that immediately contributed to Navy’s improvement on the court. Five of Navy’s recruits earned Patriot League All-Rookie Team honors over the past six seasons.
In the 2008-09 season, one of Burke’s earliest recruits, Kaleo Kina, was a first-team All-Patriot League selection after leading the Midshipmen to a 19-11 record that equaled the most wins for Navy since the 1999-2000 season.
A 1996 graduate of Ursinus College, Burke sees Skidmore as the perfect place for his first head coaching position.
Prior to Navy, Burke coached at Cornell from 2001-04, serving as the team’s top assistant in the 2003-04 season. He was responsible for recruiting, practice planning, and game strategy. After leaving Cornell, his recruits helped the Big Red continue their upward trend toward their recent dominance of the Ivy League.
Burke was an assistant coach at Philadelphia University from 1998 to 2000. A 1992 graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, N.J., he served as an assistant at his alma mater from 1996-1998.
Burke and his wife, Victoria, are the parents of a son Alec and three daughters, Elena, Olivia Grace, and Maria.Coach Burke’s Career At A Glance Assistant Coach1996 - 1998 (Bishop Eustace Prep, Pennsauken, NJ)1998 - 2000 (Philadelphia University)2000 - 2004 (Cornell University)2004 - 2010 (United States Naval Academy) Head Coach - Skidmore College2010 – 2011
(18-10 NCAA Tournament, Liberty League Champions, School Record for Wins)2011 – 2012 (19-9, NCAA Tournament, Liberty League Champions, School Record for Wins)
2012 – 2013 (15-11, Liberty League semifinals)2013 – 2014 (16-10, Liberty League semifinals)2014 – 2015 (20-8, Liberty League Regular season champions, Liberty League Champions, NCAA Tournament Second Round, First NCAA Tournament win, School Record for wins, Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year)
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