Shawn Burke | Head Coach
Shawn Burke enters his sixth season at the helm of the women’s soccer program in 2019 after leading the squad to their fifth straight MAC Tournament appearance, and third 10+ win season in the last five years, in 2018. Burke guided the Bulls to their first ever MAC Championship in 2014 and a MAC semifinal appearance in 2015. His .698 winning percentage through his first two seasons in Buffalo is the highest winning percentage through two seasons of any coach in UB women’s soccer history.
In his five seasons at the helm in Buffalo, the Bulls have produced an overall record of 52-35-14, including a 30-18-8 mark in league play. Burke has turned UB into a dominant home team as the Bulls own a 33-8-7 record at UB stadium under his guidance.
Individually, UB has produced 24 All-MAC selections and has placed seven student-athletes on All-Region squads, highlighted by Jackie Hall who earned Third Team All-American honors in 2014.
Off the pitch, the Bulls have excelled in the classroom as UB has earned 36 All-MAC Academic selections, 11 MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes, two COSIDA Academic All-District selections an NSCAA Academic All-American (Jackie Hall).
Burke made a lasting imprint on the UB women’s soccer program as he led the squad to a regular season MAC Championship, first-ever MAC Tournament Championship and first-ever NCAA appearance in 2014. The Bulls broke many school records including shutouts in a season (14) and unbeaten streak (14). The defensive-minded Bulls finished the historic season with an 11-0-1 home record, breaking the program record for home wins and recording the first unbeaten home mark since 1995.
For his efforts, Burke was awarded the MAC Coach of the Year award and All-Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year after leading his team to a program-best 16-3-3 overall record to go along with a perfect 9-0-2 MAC record, just the third unbeaten MAC regular season in conference history.
Burke finished the 2014 campaign tied for the NCAA lead in wins (16) for a first-year head coach and he had the highest winning percentage (.833) out of all first-year head coaches in the country. He helped the Bulls earn a sweep in all MAC major awards following the season as UB won Offensive Player of the Year (Katie Roberts), Defensive Player of the Year (Jackie Hall), Freshman of the Year (Laura Dougall) and Coach of the Year (Burke). The 2014 UB Bulls became the first program in MAC history to sweep all four major awards.
Prior to taking over as head coach at Buffalo, Burke served five years as assistant coach, with his tenure highlighted by his first recruiting class in 2011 which helped the Bulls jump 200 spots in the RPI rankings from the previous season, the biggest jump of any team in the country, and resulted in a MAC semifinal appearance.
Burke was a standout player at Mercyhurst College from 1998-2002, winning five straight GLIAC Championships. In 2002, Burke was named Great Lakes Conference Defensive Player of the year. He was also a three-time first-team All-Conference and two-time All-Region player selection. In his final year of play at Mercyhurst, Burke helped lead the Lakers to the Division II Final Four and the school’s first and only #1 national ranking.
Burke graduated from Mercyhurst in 2002 with a degree in elementary education and graduated in May of 2013 with his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo.
He holds a USSF “A” license as well as a US Soccer National Goalkeeping. Burke also holds a National Youth License.
Burke currently resides in Amherst with his wife Taylor and daughter Henley.