Burke takes 200th career coaching victory



Sixteen years after notching his first victory as the head coach of the Hillsboro High School men’s soccer team, Jason Burke has reached a milestone few athletes have reached.

On Tuesday, September 21, Burke claimed the 200th victory of his career with a 6-0 victory over Litchfield, improving his overall record to 200-121-19 in 16 seasons at the helm of the Hiltoppers.

Burke’s numbers speak for themselves with three regional titles and 10 straight seasons of .500 or better, with an almost certain 11th for the 9-4-1 Hiltoppers. During his 16 years, Burke has only had two teams with more wins than losses: his first year in 2006, when they went 5-16-1, and in 2010, when they went 8-13. .

The Hillsboro native is quick to credit his players on himself, several of whom continued to play in college, with dozens more being recognized by all conferences.

The real testament to Burke’s value as a head coach, however, can be seen in almost every home game. It’s common to see players from old teams approach Burke for a quick word and laugh.

Burke’s care for his players is surpassed only by his care for his family, his wife Gina and his children Camden and Renna. This extends to Cry du Chat awareness through Camden’s Crew, named after the oldest Burke who battles the disease.

The victories show Burke to be an off-field winner and put him in a rarity in terms of high school football in Illinois, but Burke’s value off the field and in the lives of his players makes him a plus. big winner in life.


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