NEW LONDON, Conn. – Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics Fran Shields announced that Reuben Burk has been promoted to the role of head men's soccer coach at Connecticut College. Burk has been the program's top assistant coach since February of 2018.
"We are pleased to name Reuben our head coach and seamlessly leverage the strong team dynamic and success that exists on our current team," said Shields. "He brings an incredible work ethic, organizational skills, a variety of coaching experiences, and a deep knowledge of the recruitment landscape of Division III. In addition, having Reuben in this role will guarantee the continuity of Kenny Murphy's legacy of success of Camel soccer."
Burk made an immediate impact on the sidelines as the team's top assistant since his arrival on campus. He helped Murphy lead the Camels to a 13-3-2 record overall, including a 7-1-2 mark in conference play, as well as an appearance in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The most memorable and successful season in school history was highlighted by Burk guiding the program to its first-ever NCAA postseason victory in a 4-0 rout of Thomas College at home on Freeman Field. Furthermore, the Camels produced one United Soccer Coaches All-American, two United Soccer Coaches All-New England Region selections, the NESCAC Player of the Year, and four student-athletes who earned themselves a place on the All-NESCAC First Team this past fall.
"Reuben did a great job for me as an assistant," said Kenny Murphy, who will be retiring after serving as the head coach of the program for the past 10 seasons. "His attention to detail and his commitment to recruiting were beyond impressive. I am excited and confident he will do a fine job leading the men's soccer program forward."
Burk came to Connecticut College after spending one year at Newberry College, two years at the College of the Holy Cross, and two years at Alfred University. At Newberry, Burk was the recruiting coordinator and had the main responsibility of overseeing the recruiting process for all prospective student-athletes, both internationally and domestically. Burk helped establish one of Newberry's most diverse recruiting classes for 2018 by helping get commitments from Brazil, Italy, North Carolina, South Carolina and Maryland. He also coordinated recruiting trips to Iceland, Norway, and Spain.
At Holy Cross, Burk helped with a variety of duties including daily coaching, recruiting nationally, scouting, helping plan offseason schedules, game day preparations, travel coordination, community service, and helping run summer camps and clinics.
Burk also served as the assistant coach at Alfred University. The team reached the Empire 8 semifinals in 2014, which marked the program's first conference tournament appearance in nine years. Burk was also part of a group which earned the 2014 Empire 8 Coaching Staff Award.
As a player, Burk was a four-year student-athlete at Hobart College. Under head coach Shawn Griffin, in both 2009 and 2011, Hobart finished in the top 25 Division III national rankings and made appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. In 2009, Burk helped Hobart win the Liberty League conference championship.
"I fully understand how fortunate I am to be able to take on this new role and serve these student-athletes," said Burk, who credits mentors Shawn Griffin, Matt Smith, Marco Koolman, and Murphy for preparing him for his new role. "These student-athletes are the reason why I love working here, and they have a very bright future ahead of them both on and off the field. I believe it is my duty to help provide a rewarding and educational four-year experience for these student-athletes, and I am extremely excited about the opportunity to do this for them."
A native of Westford, Massachusetts, Burk graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology/sociology and religious studies. He then got his master's in business administration from Alfred University in 2015. Burk, who holds a USSF C License as well as a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, will officially begin his duties as the head coach of the men's soccer program on July 1.