Richie Burke

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Richie Burke
Personal information
Full name Richie Burke
Date of birth 1962 (age 53–54)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Washington Diplomats
Washington Stars
Sydney Olympic
Chester City
1994 Washington Warthogs (indoor) 6 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Northern Virginia Royals
2013 Livingston

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2013.

Richie Burke (born in 1962) is a former professional footballer and manager. He has extensive coaching experience in Scotland and the United States.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Burke started his career with Liverpool and Everton at youth level.[2] After being released, he spent most of his professional playing career in the United States. Originally playing collegiate soccer at American University level, he then went on to play for the Washington Diplomats and the Washington Stars. He also enjoyed brief spells with Chester City in England and Sydney Olympic in Australia. Burke spent the later stages of his career playing indoor soccer with Washington Warthogs before retiring in 1994 following a career spanning 15 years.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Coaching in the United States[edit]

Burke began his coaching career in the US soccer camp business as an owner and operator of The Players Soccer Academy. He then went on to work with the USSF in the Olympic Development Program. Burke was also employed as technical director and director of coaching at various regional powerhouse soccer clubs. He then enjoyed a successful stint at MLS club D.C. United where he worked in several positions including first-team assistant coach (from 2001-2003 under Ray Hudson), director of youth programs and USSF development academy head coach.[4] In his time with the academy programme he helped to secure a MLS Youth Cup Championship in 2007.[5] Burke's most recent coaching role in the US was with the Northern Virginia Royals as head coach.[6]


In 2012, Burke moved back to the UK after securing a coaching position with Scottish Football League First Division side Livingston. In addition to this, he was also tasked with developing the clubs newly formed youth foundation.[7] Burke, who was originally appointed as technical coach of the West Lothian club,[8] was promoted to assistant manager (to Gareth Evans) following the departure of John Hughes to Hartlepool United in November 2012. After the dismissal of Gareth Evans as manager on 28 February 2013, Burke assumed the role of interim manager.[9] On 25 March 2013, he was appointed as the new permanent manager of Livingston on a contract running until the summer of 2015.[10] He left the club on 12 September,resigning for personal reasons after a slow start to the season.

Manager Statistics[edit]

As of 12 September 2013

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Northern Virginia Royals United States 2011 2012 33 15 5 13 45.45
Livingston Scotland March 2013 September 2013 16 4 4 8 25.00


  1. ^ "Livingston appoint new management team". Livingston F.C. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Livingston boss Richie Burke eyes a return to SPL prominence". STV. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". 2014-10-19. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  4. ^ "The Team". Livingston Youth Foundation 4 Football. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "PDL Coaching Staff". Northern Virginia FC. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Royals Hunt For New Coach". United Soccer Leagues (USL). 9 March 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Youth foundation land MLS coach". West Lothian Courier. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Livingston dare to dream". The Scotsman. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Club statement". Livingston F.C. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Livingston appoint new management team". Livingston F.C. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.