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Former ECU linebacker Burke named Southeast Raleigh football coach

Marvin Burke, football coach at Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville High, is the new football coach at Southeast Raleigh High.

Burke said he was coming home.

“To me, Southeast Raleigh is home,” Burke said.

Burke graduated from Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines and played linebacker at East Carolina. He graduated in 1996 and began his coaching career in Florida, but returned to Eastern North Carolina at Edenton Holmes High.

He was an assistant at Washington High for three years before joining current Southeast athletics director Daniel Finn as an assistant football coach at Winterville Conley. Burke came to Southeast with Finn in 2006.

Burke was the defensive coordinator at Southeast under Finn for three years. Burke resigned after the 2008 season to take the head coaching job at Lewisville, which has made the playoffs the past three years.

“He knows our program,” Finn said. “He knows the foundation and how the program was built because he helped build it. He believes in this school.”

Last season, the Bulldogs finished with a 9-3 record and reached the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs before falling 41-34 to New Hanover. Southeast Raleigh averaged 40 points a game behind quarterback David Washington, who signed to play at Old Dominion.

Finn said Burke has exceptional knowledge in strength training and stresses physical play.

“He was a college linebacker,” Finn said. “He believes in being hard-nosed and playing hard.”

Burke said defense and work in the weight room win championships.

“Somebody will slow down your offense during a 15-game season regardless of how potent it is,” Burke said. “But you can always be good on defense. At East Carolina (under Coach Steve Logan) we talked about winning games in the fourth quarter because of the effort that we made in the weight room. You earn wins by what you do in the weight room. You have to get bigger, stronger and faster.”