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Wofford hires Jason Burke as Assistant Coach

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
SPARTANBURG, SC – Wofford College baseball coach Todd Interdonato has announced that Jason Burke will be joining the staff as pitching coach. Burke was an assistant for the Terriers in 2006 and 2007 before spending the last four seasons at Gardner-Webb.

In 2011, Gardner-Webb advanced to the Big South Conference Tournament championship game. The school finished with a top-100 RPI for the first time in program history. The 34-23-1 record marked the program’s best season at the Division I level. Burke helped develop a strong bullpen that allowed Gardner-Webb to go 28-1-1 in games they held the lead in the eighth inning or later, and also tie the school record for saves in a season with 16.

As a recruiter, his prowess has been well documented since arriving in Boiling Springs, with last two freshmen classes of pitchers among the best Gardner-Webb has ever signed. The staff ERA has gone down steadily each season since Burke’s arrival and strikeout numbers have risen.

Prior to joining Gardner-Webb, the Duncan, S.C., native spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Wofford College – where he helped lead the Terriers to the 2007 Southern Conference Tournament title and an appearance in the 2007 NCAA Regional at the University of South Carolina. Burke served as head coach in 2008 for the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate League, and was named Southern Collegiate Baseball League Coach of the Year in 2006 after directing the Morganton (N.C.) Aggies to the summer circuit’s championship.

The Byrnes High graduate also has wooden-bat coaching experience with the Carolina Chaos (SCBL), and has served in a variety of coaching roles on the high school and American Legion levels.

Burke began his college playing career at Lander under current GWU head coach Rusty Stroupe. He finished that career at Southern Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 2004. He recently completed a graduate degree at Gardner-Webb in Sport Science and Pedagogy.