GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Throughout the spring, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight a coach and student-athlete from each of our member institutions in a brief Q & A. Today’s Coaches Corner introduces us to Keuka College Softball Coach Jamie Burke and student-athlete Katelyn Warren.
Coach Jamie Burke is in her 13th season at Keuka College after beginning her time with the Wolves as a dual-sport coach in women’s soccer and softball. She has amassed the most wins in a single sport by a coach in Keuka College history with a 256-119-1 record with the softball program, including a new program record of 27 victories last season. Burke has led the Wolves to nine NEAC Regular Season Championships, seven NEAC Tournament Titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She has also been named NEAC Coach of the Year on six occasions. Burke’s 2007 team, which was the first to reach the NCAA Tournament, was inducted into the Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame this past fall. In seven seasons as a women’s soccer coach, Burke posted the most victories in school history a 69-47-6 record from 2006-2012.
Senior catcher Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y.) has enjoyed an outstanding career as a member of the Keuka College softball team. Warren has been named to the NEAC All-Conference First Team three times and was selected as the North Division Rookie of the Year in 2015. Entering the 2018 season, she ranks in the top 10 for the Wolves in hits, batting average, doubles, home runs and RBIs. In addition to her contributions on the softball field, Warren was a four-year member of the Keuka College women’s volleyball team.
Head Coach Jamie Burke
What inspired you to become a collegiate coach?
My father was a coach my whole life. I grew up around his teams as I was the bat girl or ball girl from early age. For as long as I can remember, I knew that being a coach was what I wanted to do.
What is your favorite memory or moment at Keuka College?
My favorite coaching moment at Keuka College would be beating Ithaca College twice on their field in the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2011 to advance to the Regional Finals against Messiah.
As a coach, how do you help your Division III student-athletes balance all aspects of college life?
First and foremost, because we are Division III, I make sure that I do not overwork my student-athletes. These student-athletes are involved in many clubs and organizations on campus and you do not want to take that experience away by overworking them in athletics. I feel that most student-athletes learn time management skills from playing a sport that helps them balance all aspects of college life. A successful Division III student needs to be well-rounded and this will help carry over into their professional work careers.
Outside of wins, losses and stats, what do you want everyone to know about your student-athletes?
My goal is for each one of my athletes to leave Keuka College a better person than when they arrived. We stress responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and the little things in life. We also try to help them with how they deal with adversity. I believe that all of these qualities will make the transition from student-athlete to career employee/employer much easier when they graduate.
Describe the impact your coach had on your decision to attend your institution and/or on your development as a student-athlete.
My decision to attend Keuka College and continue a softball career was influenced by Coach Burke. She attended some of my high school and travel softball games, which showed that she had an interest in me trying out for her team. She explained the softball program to me and made me feel more confident in my final decision. Throughout the years playing for Coach Burke, I have learned some many new things inside and outside of softball that I never would have if I had not continued a softball career in college. Not only does she strive to make us better individual players, but she also strives to make us better team players, on and off the field. Coach Burke provides her support for her players no matter what, whether it is on the field or in the classroom. Since the beginning of my college career, I have grown and developed as a student-athlete and Coach Burke is one of many people to thank for that.
Do you have a favorite memory or moment with your coach that you would like to share?
My sophomore year when we were in Virginia Beach waiting between games, I was taking a video of my teammate and I and Coach Burke jumped into it. It scared me because I had no idea she was right behind me!
What advice would you give to future student-athletes who may be considering playing for your team/coach?
Keuka College has an awesome softball program. Coach Burke is one of the most knowledgeable softball coaches I have ever had. The team has many team-bonding opportunities to become closer and build chemistry with each other. Jump on the opportunity to try out for the team because it is a great experience!
To learn more about Keuka College and Wolves athletics, visit keukaathletics.com.
*Information compiled by Jimmy Habecker, Keuka College Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletic Communications
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.