Larry Burke gets 400th career coaching victory

MARIETTA – Marietta High’s 7-2 victory over Meadowbrook Tuesday evening was more than just a crucial East Central Ohio League win for the Tiger baseball team.

It was also the 400th career coaching victory for Marietta co-head coach Larry Burke. Burke said the milestone is a great honor.

“I’m very grateful to get that many wins,” Burke said. “So many other coaches and players that have supported me go into those 400 wins. I’m very blessed. It means an awful lot. 26 years of hard work at one school.”

Burke, who is in his 26th and final year as a head coach for the orange and black, is just two wins shy of Jim Jordan’s school record of 402 baseball coaching victories.

Burke played for Jordan from 1966-69 during his high school playing career and then took over for him as Marietta’s head coach in 1986. With 10 games left on the Tigers’ schedule for 2013, Burke will have the opportunity to surpass his mentor.

“It’s very special,” Burke said. “It’s kind of bittersweet.”

Burke began his head coaching career at Marietta that ’86 season and was the head coach for 18 seasons. After two years away from the team, Burke returned and joined Jim Thrash, who took over as head coach when Burke left, as co-head coaches. The two have held those roles for seven seasons.

“It’s worked well,” Burke said. “You’d think it would be very difficult for two people, but it’s worked out pretty well. We’ve divided up duties and we each kind of work with different areas.”