After an outstanding playing career at Stanford, Megan Burker came to Virginia Tech as an assistant coach. Four years later, she moved into the head coach’s spot, as then-Tech AD Jim Weaver named her the interim coach for the 2011 season following Katrina Silva’s resignation.
|Seasons at VT||Fifth Season|
|Overall Record||35-33 (.515) Games: 68|
|ACC Record||2-20 (.091) Games: 22|
|vs. Non-Conference||33-13 (.717) Games: 46|
|vs. Ranked Teams||2-26 (.071) Games: 28|
|Record Home||19-13 (.594) Games: 32|
|Record Away||16-16 (.500) Games: 32|
|Record Neutral||0-4 (.000) Games: 4|
|2006-10||Assistant coach, Virginia Tech|
|2010-11||Interim head coach, Virginia Tech|
|2011-current||Head coach, Virginia Tech|
|2011 10-8 overall, 1-4 ACC|
|2012 10-7 overall, 1-4 ACC|
|2013 8-8 overall, 0-5 ACC|
|2014 7-10 overall, 0-7 ACC|
Burker guided the Hokies to a 10-8 mark in 2011, proving her coaching abilities, and Weaver removed the interim tag. The Maryland native has been the Hokies’ coach ever since, guiding the program to a winning overall during her four seasons at the helm.
The 2014 season has been Tech’s only losing season under Burker, as the Hokies went 7-10 overall. Tech had a winning mark going into the stretch run before facing five ranked teams in a row. The Hokies lost all five, including four to teams ranked in the top six nationally.
In 2012, Burker directed her squad to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in program history. The Hokies finished 2012 with a 10-7 record, while taking things to new heights when they not only claimed their first ever victory over in-state rival Virginia, but the 10-9 overtime win was also the program’s first over a top-10 team, as the Cavaliers were ranked No. 7 at the time.
Tech finished .500 or better for the third straight season in 2013, wrapping up the year with an 8-8 record, while setting a new program best after going 5-3 on the road. The Hokies also excelled in the classroom, placing at least six players on the All-ACC Academic team for the third straight season.
In her first season, Burker led the Hokies to their first winning season since 2000 with a 10-8 overall record. Beginning the year with a victory over High Point on the road not only marked Burker’s first at the helm, but also was the 100th win in program history. The Hokies also topped a ranked opponent for the first time since 2004 when they defeated then-No. 16 Boston College 12-11 to claim the program’s second ever ACC victory.
Before taking the helm at Tech, Burker served as the top assistant for four seasons under then-head coach Silva. In addition to running the attack and serving as the recruiting coordinator, Burker organized team travel, led video breakdown and prepared camp and clinic schedules during her time as an assistant. Now at the head of the program, Burker has worked tirelessly to make incremental changes for the Hokies, placing an emphasis on creating a solid foundation of team values and goals to guide the lacrosse program into the future.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Burker came to Tech from Stanford University, where she had a standout career as a player. During her senior year, she was a member of the preseason Tewaarton Watch List and became the first player in team history to be named an IWLCA National All-American with third-team honors that year. In addition, as a senior, Burker boasted a .495 shooting percentage, and she ranked fourth in her conference with 2.5 goals per game and 18th nationally with 2.83 draws per game.
Burker made a big impact on lacrosse in the west, as Stanford transitioned into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. She was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman in the Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League, as well as her team’s Attacker of the Year. As a four-time conference tournament all-star and a four-time all-conference selection, Burker finished her career as one of only three players at Stanford to be ranked in the top 10 in every career chart. While standing atop the Cardinal career-scoring list with 143 goals, she also finished second with 64 career assists, 120 draw controls and 155 ground balls at the time of her graduation.
In addition, Burker earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Through her career, she led the Cardinal to three conference championships, and in 2006, the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. She started every game of her career and was voted captain for her junior and senior seasons as well as the team MVP in 2005 and 2006.
Named to the U.S. National Teams program at the completion of her junior season, Burker competed until 2008 as a captain for the Developmental Squad along with former Tech assistant coach Lindsay Lewis.
Burker graduated from Stanford in 2006 with a degree in urban studies, and in 2011, earned her MBA from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.