In his third year as the defensive backs coach on Purdue's football staff is Tim Burke.
The Boilermaker secondary has turned into a significant weapon, allowing just 193.7 yards per game in 1998 (fourth-best in the Big Ten) and intercepting 23 passes in 1997 (second-most in school history). Free safety Adrian Beasley and cornerback Lamar Conard tied for the team lead with four interceptions.
Previously, Burke spent two years at Wyoming coaching defensive backs. His 1995 unit led the WAC and ranked 32nd in the NCAA in pass defense. In 1996, Burke coached strong safety Brian Lee, who set a school record and ranked second nationally with eight pass interceptions, including three in one game.
Burke was Ball State's secondary coach from 1989-94 and defensive coordinator from 1992-94, helping the Cardinals to MAC championships in 1989 and 1993 with berths in the California Raisin and Las Vegas Bowls, respectively. Ball State was the MAC's winningest team during those six years. He was defensive coordinator/secondary coach at North Dakota from 1986-88 and held a similar post at South Dakota from 1982-85.
A 1977 graduate of Luther College, Burke also has been an assistant coach at Appalachian State (1981), Gardner-Webb (1980) and Minnesota (1977-79).
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he and his wife, Connie, have two sons, Kelly and Evan.