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

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

Burke left his mark on Freeport basketball, not only as a coach, but as a former player. He is the leading scorer and rebounder in Freeport boy's basketball history. Burke led the Bulldogs to a 30-2 record and the school’s only basketball state championship in 1968. He scored 883 points in the 32-game season of 1968 while averaging 27.6 points. Burke scored 39 points in the state semi-final game and 34 in the championship game.

From Freeport he went on to play at Gulf Coast Community College, now Gulf Coast State College, in Panama City. He played two years for Coach Jack Jackson where the Commodores went 24-7 and 30-3. Burke still holds the record at Gulf Coast for the most free throws made in a career (284) and the most free throws attempted in a season (247).

After graduating, his life would bring him back to his alma mater.

"Never in my wildest dream did I figure I'd be a basketball coach here at Freeport," Burke said.

And the rest is, as they say, history.

"I've enjoyed the ride; we've had a very successful program here at Freeport," Burke said. "I've enjoyed going new places and meeting new people. I've got friends everywhere I go, that I didn't know I had until I started coaching basketball.”

And his retirement has nothing to do with wins and losses.

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