December 5, 2013



TORONTO – As first announced this morning by Head Coach Scott Milanovich on TSN Radio 1050, the Toronto Argonauts Football Club officially named Tim Burke the club’s Defensive Coordinator.

Career Coaching Experience
 Tim Burke
2013: Head Coach, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2012: Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2011: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

2008 – 2010: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Montreal Alouettes

2007: Defensive Coordinator (Interim), Calgary Stampeders

2005 – 2007: Defensive Backs, Calgary Stampeders

2004: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Indiana State (NCAA)

2003: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Tennessee-Chattanooga (NCAA)

2001: Defensive Line, Kansas (NCAA)

2000:  Defensive Backs, Kansas (NCAA)

1997 – 1999: Defensive Backs, Purdue (NCAA)

1995 – 1996: Defensive Backs, Wyoming (NCAA)

1992 – 1994: Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs, Ball State (NCAA)

1989 – 1991: Defensive Backs Coach, Ball State (NCAA)

1986 – 1988: Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs, North Dakota (NCAA)

1982 – 1985: Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs, University of South Dakota (NCAA)

1981: Assistant Coach, Appalachian State (NCAA)

1980: Assistant Coach, Gardner Webb (NCAA)

1977 – 1979: Assistant Coach, Minnesota (NCAA)

Commented Scott Milanovich, “Tim Burke is an experienced defensive coordinator who has coached in four of the past six Grey Cup games. I couldn’t be more thrilled that he has joined our staff and will lead our defence in 2014.”

Tim Burke comes to the Double Blue with 36 years of coaching experience. His career on the sidelines began as an NCAA assistant coach in 1977 before he spent nearly 30-years in the collegiate ranks. Burke first joined the CFL in 2005 and has been the defensive coordinator in four of the past six Grey Cup championships, earning wins in 2009 and 2010. He most recently served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from August 2012 through the 2013 season.

Commented new Toronto Argonauts Defensive Coordinator Tim Burke, “I’m excited to join the Toronto Argonauts and to once again work with Scott Milanovich and Jim Barker. I’m confident this team has the foundation to be competitive and successful for years to come and I’m anxious to be a part of it.”

Since joining the CFL, Burke has been a well respected and highly regarded coach for both his defensive expertise and leadership. His units have consistently ranked among the best in the league statistically and he has helped lead two teams to the Grey Cup championship game in four consecutive seasons: Montreal Alouettes (2008-2010) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2011).

Burke began his coaching career in 1977 and spent parts of the next three decades coaching defences at major U.S. colleges including Purdue, Kansas and Indiana State.