Tim Burke (gridiron football)

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Tim Burke
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Luther College (Iowa)
Career history
As coach
1977–1979 University of Minnesota
1980 Gardner-Webb University
1981 Appalachian State University
1982–1985 University of South Dakota
1986–1988 University of North Dakota
1989–1994 Ball State University
1995–1996 University of Wyoming
1997–1999 Purdue University
2000–2001 University of Kansas
2003 University of Tennessee
2004 Indiana State University
20052007 Calgary Stampeders
20082010 Montreal Alouettes
20112013 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2014 Toronto Argonauts
As player
1974–1977 Luther College (Iowa)

Tim Burke is an American born Canadian football coach who was the defensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Burke was previously the head coach of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


Burke played running back for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa from 1974 to 1977.[1] After graduating in 1977, Burke started his coaching career with the University of Minnesota. He later coached at University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota, Ball State University, University of Wyoming, Indiana State University, and University of Kansas. His most notable NCAA coaching job was as the defensive backs coach for Purdue University from 1997 to 1999, where he was a part of two Alamo Bowl championship teams (1997, 1998)

Burke made the move to the CFL as the defensive backs coach with Calgary Stampeders from 2005 to 2007. He later joined the Montreal Alouettes as defensive coordinator under head coach Marc Trestman from 2008 to 2010, where he won two Grey Cups. In 2011, he took over as defensive coordinator for the Blue Bombers. The next year, Burke interviewed for the vacant Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coaching position, but did not get the job. He returned to the Blue Bombers for the 2012 season and was promoted to interim head coach on August 25 following the dismissal of Paul LaPolice.[2] At the end of the season, the interim tag was removed and the Blue Bombers officially named Burke the 29th head coach in team history.[3]

Burke was fired by the Blue Bombers only a year later, after the team finished last in the league with only three wins.[4] Shortly after, the Toronto Argonauts hired Burke as their new defensive coordinator.[5] Burke left the Argonauts after one year for personal reasons. [6]


Burke is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He and his wife Rita live in Lawrence, Kansas during the off-season.[1]

Burke has two sons from a previous marriage: Kelly is a sergeant in the United States Air Force and Evan is a former member of the gymnastics team at Temple University.[1]

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
WPG 2012 4 6 0 .400 3rd in East Division - - Missed Playoffs
WPG 2013 3 15 0 .166 4th in East Division - - Missed Playoffs
Total 7 21 0 .250 0 Division
0 0 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ a b c "Meet the Blue Boss". Winnipeg Free Press. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire head coach Paul LaPolice, Tim Burke takes over". Winnipeg Free Press. 25 August 12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Bombers remove interim tag from Head Coach Tim Burke". CFL.ca. 01 November 12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Out in Winnipeg: Bombers part ways with Tim Burke". CFL.ca. 13 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Argonauts name Burke new defensive coordinator". TSN.ca. 5 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Argos defensive coach Tim Burke resigns, Casey Creehan to step in". thestar.com. 15 May 2015. 

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