Newberry College men's soccer head coach Bryce Cooper announced the hiring of Reuben Burk as the assistant coach of the program in February of 2017.
Burk comes to Newberry after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. During his two seasons, Burk helped with a variety of duties including daily coaching, game management, recruiting nationally, scouting, helping plan off-season schedules, game day preparations, travel coordination, community service, and helping run the program's summer camps and clinics.
"I couldn't be more thrilled and excited to help serve Newberry College, the men's soccer team and Coach Cooper," stated Burk. "The collective campus desire to create a great four-year experience for each student at Newberry, as well as the unique charm of having a family atmosphere, are what really impressed me while I was here. I was also incredibly motivated by Coach Cooper's vision for the men's soccer program moving forward. I believe the men's soccer team has a vast amount of untapped potential and under Coach Cooper's leadership, I strongly believe exciting times are around the corner."
During the fall 2015 season, Reuben helped oversee a defense that only allowed 14 goals all year which was a program high since 2008. The team also managed an impressive 0.73 goals against average, which was ranked 19th in the nation for Division I and 2nd in the Patriot League in the fall 2015. During this season, Reuben oversaw the goalkeeper training and coached senior goalkeeper Kevin Wright who earned All-Patriot League Second-Team.
In 2016, Burk also helped coach midfielder Yuji Callahan who earned All-Patriot League Third-Team and forward Arno Rupp who earned All-Patriot League Academic Team. At Holy Cross, Reuben took on the role of overseeing all community service initiatives for the program and helped the men's soccer student-athletes connect with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Working for Worcester.
Prior to Holy Cross, Reuben served as the Men's Soccer assistant coach at Alfred University in Alfred, NY. Along with head coach Matt Smith, the staff brought swift success to the program. In 2014, the program reached the semi-finals of the Empire 8 Tournament, which marked the programs first conference tournament appearance in 9 years. That year the team finished 9-8-3, which also marked the teams first winning season in 10 years, earning the staff the '2014 Empire 8 Coaching Staff Award'. The team then advanced to the quarterfinals in the ECAC Tournament. This post-season tournament marked the team's first ECAC tournament appearance in 24 years. In 2014, the team also earned the NCAA Team Academic Award, and in his two years, Burk helped coach 1 NCAA All-Region player and 3 All-Empire 8 conference players. Reuben also served as the interim head coach during the Winter of 2013. In the Winter of the following year, he also helped Coach Smith bring the team to Barbados for a 10-day soccer experience.
Prior to Alfred, Burk was a four-year student-athlete at Hobart College in Geneva, NY. His playing days were marked by much success 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, Reuben helped Hobart win the Liberty League Conference Championship. Burk was also a standout in the classroom by being recognized on the Liberty League All-Academic Team in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Also during his time at Hobart, Burk traveled to Brazil in the Summer 2013 for a soccer tour, and was a member of the ‘Seniors Committee’ Statesmen Athletic Association in 2013. He also studied abroad in Prague Czech Republic during the Spring of 2012. During his time in Europe, Reuben visited football venues such as Chelsea FC, Manchester United, Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague, Ajax, and Barcelona.
Burk graduated from Hobart in 2013 with a Bachelors in Anthropology/Sociology and Religious Studies. He then got his Masters in Business Administration from Alfred University in 2015. Burk
holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as the USSF D License. He also maintains his own soccer website:www.ReubenBurkCoaching.com
"Reuben will be a great addition to our staff," said Newberry head coach Bryce Cooper
. "He comes from a great environment having worked most recently under Coach Marco Koolman up at Holy Cross where he gained invaluable experience working in all facets of the program. His enthusiasm and growth mindedness were a big factor in his hiring as he is constantly looking for ways to grow and develop as a coach. He has a great mind for the game and will give us the ability to do more on the analytics side of things as well as give the players more insights into tactics and scouting. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m excited about bringing him aboard."