Shawn Burke left behind an impressive legacy when he reigned as the CCBC Essex men's lacrosse coach after the 2016 season.
After Burke took over the Knights' program in 2010, he led Essex to six consecutive NJCAA Region XX titles, seven straight NJCAA Tournament Final Fours, and three appearances in the national championship game.
So, with Essex needing a new head coach this season after Tim King resigned, the Knights went to Burke.
Since leaving Essex, Burke had a successful two-year stint at Towson High (28-9 record, two regional titles) while also coaching at C. Milton Wright and Calvert Hall.
"I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to come back to the Essex lacrosse family where I have been lucky enough to develop so many lifelong friendships with coaches, staff and former players over the years," Burke said in a statement released by the college.
"It's an exciting time to be coming back into Region XX and have the opportunity to compete against so many talented players and coaches at the other programs both in our region and nationally. I'm also really looking forward to helping our players develop and reach their full potential both on the field and in the classroom."
Burke knows talented players. In his seven seasons with Essex from 2010 to 2016, he coached 36 NJCAA All-Americans while the team had a cumulative record of 95-35.
In the three seasons since Burke left (and the two games played this season before it was canceled due to COVID-19), Essex has a record of 22-20 and has not gotten out of the regional round.
King resigned to take a job as an assistant coach at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, under former Essex head coach Brian Duncan,
"We are excited to have Shawn Burke returning to our program," CCBC Essex Administrator of Athletics said in a statement released by the school. He has demonstrated the ability to run a high-level junior college lacrosse program.
"He brings a tremendous work ethic and a passion for the game of lacrosse, and has developed an outstanding network in the lacrosse community which will help with recruitment, student-athlete placement and building an outstanding coaching staff."
A graduate of Calvert Hall and UMBC, Burke started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Cardinals.
He became the head coach at Howard Community College in 2003 and had a record of 42-15 in four years. Burke was named NJCAA Region XX coach of the year for three straight years (2005-07 while earned the first conference title in Howard's history and taking the Dragon's to the national tournament for the first time.
With Essex, Burke was named the Maryland JuCo Conference coach of the year seven times, and was twice named the Region XX coach of the year.