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Dr. Burke's Summarized Biography



Ph.D. --- Florida State University --- Sport Psychology

Ed.S. --- Georgia Southern University --- Counseling

M.A. --- East Carolina University --- Social/Organizational Psychology --- Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology member

B.A. --- Belmont Abbey College --- 1) Psychology; 2) Recreational Studies (double major) Minor in Sociology --- Pi Gamma Mu, The National Social Science Honor Society member


  • Sports & Performance Enhancement Consulting

  • Has assisted professional, college, high school, and recreational athletes from various sports

    College Athletic Experiences

  • As a collegiate athlete, Dr. Burke played on the men's tennis team and was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-American Tennis Team nominee, making the N.A.I.A. All-District 26 Tennis Team in both singles and doubles play.

    Basketball Officiating Experiences

  • Was an intercollegiate basketball official
  • Twenty-three seasons as an interscholastic basketball official in which he was certified at the state's highest level
  • Officiated the Georgia High School Association and Georgia Independent School Associations state tournaments
  • Officiated the Georgia boy's all-star game
  • Served as a Georgia High School Association evaluator of officials
  • Selected by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association as an "All-Star" official
  • Past Member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials

    Coaching Experiences

  • He has served as head coach of three National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I tennis teams (men's and women's)

    Unique Sport Experiences

  • Dr. Burke has driven stock cars at Lowe's (Charlotte) Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway!


Research Interests

  • Coaching Contracts 
  • Personal control
  • Humor 
  • Optimism & pessimism
  • Momentum
  • Superstitions & rituals


Dr. Burke is a recipient of the prestigious, "Order of the Long Leaf Pine." Bestowed by the Governor of North Carolina, this honor is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and communities that is above and beyond the call of duty, and has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

In 2011, Dr. Burke was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Dr. Burke is the past Editor of the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

Dr. Burke served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the Performance Enhancment/Intervention committee in AAASP.

Dr. Burke has been selected to attend the Tennessee Regents Academic Leadership Training Institute.

Dr. Burke has been nominated for the University award for scholarship/research on several occasions. 

In three separate academic years, Dr. Burke was nominated for the University award for teaching.

Dr. Burke received the College award for teaching. 

Dr. Burke received the College award for scholarship/research.

He has presented and published through local, state, regional, national, and international channels.

Dr. Burke has been nominated for the prestigious "Dorothy V. Harris Young Scholar/Practitioner" award, selected for leadership training, and previously won an award for teaching while in graduate school.

Dr. Burke is the author of three podcasts.

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