Varsity Head Coach – Tim Burke
Southwest HS Girls Tennis
Originally from Rochester MN, Coach Burke earned finalist honors in doubles at the state tournament for Mayo High School. He played two years at the University of St. Thomas, where he was the MIAC singles and doubles champion in 1970. Burke then transferred to the University of Minnesota and played for the Gophers in 1972.
After graduating from the U, Burke joined the Peace Corps as an English teacher in Africa. Burke was named the National Tennis Coach for Nigeria, leading them to a gold medal at the All-African Games in 1973.
He returned to the Twin Cities, serving as the Director of Adult and Junior Camps at Carleton College and the Minneapolis Tennis Club before becoming co-director at the Richfield Teaching Center. There he created a program called Adult STP, similar to today’s Cardio Tennis.
During this time, Burke started wheelchair tennis in the Section, coaching 30 players between 1983-93. He was the head of wheelchair tennis for both the USPTA Northern Division and USTA Northern and served as Twin Cities National Wheelchair Team head coach, as well as the personal coach of nationally-ranked player Scott McNiese. He still works today with USTA Northern’s wheelchair programs at Sister Kenny in Minneapolis.
Burke has served as the head pro at Normandale Tennis Club and Minnesota Tennis Camps at Baseline Tennis Center and was an Assistant Coach at Bethel University from 2008-12. He also worked with former Minnesota state HS champions Dusty and Toby Boyer and has been a volunteer coach at Harding and Humboldt High Schools in St. Paul. Currently, he is a teaching professional at Life Time Fitness Bloomington South, JV coach for Washburn High School Boys team, along with his role as the Head Coach for the Southwest High School Girls team.
Burke served as a USPTA Northern Division Board Member for 35 years, including President, and was a member of the USPTA National Nominating Committee. He was named the USPTA Northern Division Pro of the Year in 2004.