Corey Burke Awards
NCCAA National Player of the Year – 2011
CoSIDA Academic All-American 1stTeam – 2011
NAIA's A.O. Duer Award (top Junior athlete) – June 2011
NAIA/NCCAA Scholar-Athlete – 2010, 2011
CCAC All-Academic – 2010, 2011
NCCAA All-Region – 2010
NCCAA National Champions – 2009
CCAC Regular Season Champions - 2009
ELGIN, Ill. – Corey Burke (West Chicago, Ill.) had a history making day on Tuesday, November 29th, for the Judson University men's soccer program as he was named the NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association) National Player of the Year and became the program's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American. Burke is the seventh men's soccer player to receive the NCCAA National Player of the Year award.
"Corey was totally surprised with the award," quotes father and head men's soccer coach Steve Burke. "It was one of those moments you cherish with your son so you will not ever forget the moment. It was an honor to be there and be a part of this special award from the NCCAA."
Burke was honored on Tuesday night in Kissimmee, Fla., at the NCCAA National Championship Kickoff Dinner for the men's and women's national tournaments. Judson is playing in their third straight NCCAA National Tournament.
"Corey is a special athlete," says Associate Director of Athletics Adam P. Ledyard. "He is one of those athletes that doesn't come around too often because of his talents on and off the field. Corey has combined his love for soccer with academics and service to help everyone around him. He is deserving of every award that is given to him."
Playing in 22 matches while starting 21, Burke has four goals and four assists on the year. He has helped Judson to a 13-8-1 record and the NCCAA Regional Championship. In three years, he has started 48 matches while playing in 62 and has 15 goals, nine assists, and 39 points. He has been a part of the 2009 CCAC regular season championship team and the 2009 NCCAA National Championship team.
Last year, Burke was named the NAIA's top junior athlete as he was given the A.O. Duer award. This award is given to a junior athlete that best represents the NAIA on the field, in the classroom, and in service. He is also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete.
Off the field, Burke has taken several mission trips to Mexico and Africa. He has done athletic mission trips to Mexico and a medical mission trip to Africa where he shadowed a doctor for two weeks and helped out people in need. At Judson, he has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes core leadership group and helped with community service. He also volunteers at a local hospital.
Maintaining a 3.9 grade point average as a Biology major, Burke will be going to medical school to become a doctor. His long term goal is to eventually be a doctor on the mission field. He is currently engaged to women's soccer player Tatum Teevans who was a NCCAA Player of the Year finalist for women's soccer and also was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Also on Tuesday, he was voted a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) Academic All-American by the NAIA sports information directors to the first-team. This is the first time that any men's soccer player has been named an Academic All-American. Only 11 players make up the first-team out of all the NAIA programs in the United States. A total of 33 players earned awards through the first, second, and third teams.
"This award is one of the hardest awards to receive in the NAIA," says Ledyard. "With over 60 men's soccer players on the ballot that have to fill only 33 spots and then to be voted onto the first-team is quite an honor. This award goes to show just how strong our athletes are in the classroom and on the field at Judson."
Burke has three more soccer matches in his career at the NCCAA National Tournament which starts on Wednesday, November 30th.
About Corey Burke: he is from West Chicago, Ill. …played his first year of collegiate soccer at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., on his grandfather's field (Doug Burke Field)…has played the last three years of collegiate soccer for his father at Judson…graduated from Wheaton Academy in 2008…first ever player at Judson to win the A.O. Duer award (NAIA Top Award for Juniors) and CoSIDA Academic All-American.
About Steve Burke: he is in his 28thseason at Judson and has a 497-151-35 overall record…needs just three wins to reach 500 career wins and could happen at the NCCAA National Tournament (would have to win the national championship to do this)…is the all-times win leader as a coach for the NAIA and NCCAA…Judson is the all-time wins leader for men's soccer in the NAIA…Burke has won 20 combined conference championships at Judson, six NCCAA National Championships, and coached in six NAIA National Tournaments.
Burke Soccer Tradition: Corey is the third generation Burke to play soccer in college and be coached by his father…Steve, Corey's father, was coached by his own father, Doug at Houghton College…Doug coached Steve to a NCCAA National Championship in 1979 and then Steve coached Corey to a NCCAA National Championship in 2009 – 30 years later…soccer field at Houghton College is named after Doug Burke who started the program there.
NAIA/NCCAA Wins Record: Judson is the all-time wins leader in both the NAIA and NCCAA with 592 wins…overall the program is 592-258-45…Steve Burke is the all-time wins leader for coaches in the NAIA and NCCAA with 497 wins.
NCCAA National Player of the Year: Corey Burke is Judson's sixth men's soccer player to win the national player of the year award…below are the other winners:
1987 - Tom Ensign
1992 - Jason Acres
1995 - Marcelo Galvao
2001 - Pedro Figuierdo
2007 - Steven Moldenhauer
2011 – Corey Burke
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