Head Men's Basketball Coach
Jeff Burkhamer enters his sixth season as head men’s basketball coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University, leading the Pirates to the NCAA Championships for the third time in the last four seasons and a 21-9 overall record. The Pirates have also won 20 games in three of the last four seasons, a program first.
In his five years at AASU, the Pirates have compiled a 94-55 overall record, a .631 winning percentage that ranks as the best in Pirate men’s basketball history. In Burkhamer’s eleven seasons as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled a 249-96 overall record (.722) and has earned Coach of the Year honors in six of those 11 seasons. <Coach Burkhamer Ledger>
Last year, the Pirates advanced to the NCAA South Atlantic Regional for the seventh time in school history and also won its opening game in the PBC Tournament for the 13th straight year. On January 24th, the Pirates pulled off its biggest upset of the Peach Belt era, knocking off then No. 2-ranked Clayton State, 63-58, at Alumni Arena.
Burkhamer joined AASU as its ninth head men’s basketball coach on June 10, 2002 after a four-year stint at Marshall University under head coach Greg White, first as an assistant coach and then, in 2001-2002, as associate head coach. While at Marshall, Burkhamer helped the Thundering Herd to a 70-44 record in four seasons in Mid-American Conference play.
Prior to joining Marshall, Burkhamer served as the head coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., leading the Saints to two Mid-Florida Conference titles. He earned National Junior College Coach of the Year honors by College Sport Magazine in 1995-96 as the Saints set a school record with 28 wins and also won 21 straight games to begin the season, gaining a No. 5 NJCAA national ranking and finishing the year with a 28-4 record. In four seasons, the Saints went 97-31 under Coach Burkhamer.
Burkhamer also served as an assistant coach for three seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), the developmental league of the NBA, with the Grand Rapids Hoops before leading the Santa Fe program and previously served as a head coach at North Greenville College in Tigerville, S.C., where he went 58-10 in two seasons and earned NJCAA Region 10 Coach of the Year honors twice from 1989-1991. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Winthrop University in 1984-85, the moved to Charleston Southern (1985-87) and Morehead State (1987-89).
A graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia, Burkhamer was a four-year letterman for the Battlers in basketball and baseball and holds the school’s all-time assist mark with 646. Burkhamer was inducted into the Battler Hall of Fame in 2001 and was honored by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel in 2004 as a member of their silver anniversary team, spotlighting the top high school players from the Parkersburg area over the last 25 years. He graduated from Alderson-Broaddus with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1984 and earned his master’s degree in health and physical education from Morehead State in 1989.
Burkhamer and his wife, Diane, have two children - Melissa (16) and Lindsey (11) - and the family lives in Savannah.