‘The winning tradition’: David Burke has enjoyed the ride at Freeport High

Coach Burke
Tina Harbuck | The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

David Burke has called his last play as the head boy’s basketball coach at Freeport High School .

Burke, 63, who played on the Freeport Bulldogs only state championship team in 1968, is retiring after 20 years of coaching boy’s basketball at Freeport High. He spent the last 15 as head coach finishing with a record of 228-192.

"I'm mostly proud of what I have accomplished here at Freeport," Burke said while sitting in his office. "I've brought the tradition back to Freeport, the winning tradition. We've won several district championships and sportsmanship awards."

The Bulldogs finished as district champions in 2006, 2007 and finished as runners-up in 2001, 2009 and 2011. The team also helped to lock down the Florida High School Athletic Association State Sportsmanship Award in 2003, 2003, 2006 and 2011.

In addition to winning on the court, the Bulldogs won in the classroom as well, winning the State Academic Team Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2012.

"He always made sure we had the grades," said Jamey Goddin, a former player on that 2006 and 2007 team. "He cared about more than just basketball."

Godwin said they probably didn't have the biggest or most talented team, but Burke "always knew how to get the most out of us."

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