Philadelphia High School Basketball

A Look at Eddie Burke's 30-Year Coaching Career at St. Joseph's
Prep (1969-71), St. Thomas More (1972-75), Bishop McDevitt
(1976), West Catholic (1977), Drexel University (1978-91) and
SJ Prep Again (1993-99)

  This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at the bottom) the
names of all players during Coach Burke's 30 seasons . . . . To provide additions/

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St. Joseph's Prep . . . 1971 Catholic League Champion
Front, L to R -- Paul Opila, Jamie Walsh, Bill Truskey, Phil Martelli, Dave Tague.
Back, L to R -- Managers T. Devine and J. Quinn, Steve Vassalotti, Tim Corlies,
Dave Glielmi, Maurice "Mo" Howard, Gene McCarron, Brian Kenney,
manager  J. Rupsis, coach Eddie Burke, student trainer C. Barton.

Eddie Burke


1971  SJ Prep
Maurice "Mo" Howard
Bill Truskey
Tim Corlies
Gene Opila
Phil Martelli
1972  ST More
Carl Kenty
Ron Holmes
Larry Sanders
Emery Sammons
Phil Johnson
1986 Drexel
Michael Anderson
John Rankin
Casper Cooper
Chris O'Brien
Pat Rafferty

Coach Burke's All-Stars

69-77, 1993-99
* - Played in NBA

1970 John Jablonski  SJP
1970 David Grande  SJP
1971 *Maurice "Mo" Howard  SJP
1971 Bill Truskey  SJP
1974 Chub Edwards  STM
1977 Richard Furr  WC
1995 Tony Hayden  SJP
1998 Ashley Howard  SJP
1999 Kasim Holloman  SJP
1972 Carl Kenty  STM
1973 Emery Sammons  STM
1974 Enos Hill  STM
1975 John Faison  STM
1976 John Rush  BM
1977 Angelo Reynolds  WC
1996 Chris Hightower  SJP
1997 Chris Hightower  SJP
1998 Kasim Holloman  SJP
1972 Larry Sanders  STM
1973 Mark Lewis  STM
1974 John Faison  STM
1975 Carlton Hall  STM
1977 Dane Correll  WC
1994 Brian Pearce  SJP
1995 Tom Welsh  SJP
1999 Mike Wallin  SJP
1999 Kasim Holloman  SJP
1977 Richard Furr  WC
1971 Len Hatzenbeller
1984 Richard Congo
1986 *Michael Anderson
1988 *Michael Anderson
Eddie Burke
Tribute Page

  Eddie Burke coached basketball for 30 seasons, 16 at Catholic League schools (three at alma mater St. Joseph's Prep, four at St. Thomas More, one apiece at Bishop McDevitt and West, seven again at SJ Prep) and 14 at Drexel University. In 1972 he pulled off quite the feat, winning CL titles in consecutive years at different schools and giving the CL a City Title triumph to boot. That story is here . . .



League / Overall

1969: 9-7, 11-11
1970: 11-5, 16-7
1971: 13-3, 22-9
Total: 33-15, 49-27
1972: 13-3, 21-5
1973: 7-9, 10-11
1974: 10-6, 13-13
1975: 7-9, 12-14
Total: 37-27, 56-43
1976: 7-9, 10-14
1977: 8-6, 18-9
East Coast Conference
1978: 2-3, 13-13
1979: 6-5,18-9
1980: 4-7, 12-15
1981: 6-5, 14-13
1082: 7-4, 19-11
1983: 5-4, 14-15
1984: 10-6, 17-12
1985: 8-6, 10-18
1986: 11-3, 19-12
1987: 7-7, 14-14
1988: 9-5, 18-10
1989: 7-7, 12-16 
1990: 7-7, 13-15
1991: 7-5, 12-16
Total: 135-74, 205-189
1993: 1-13, 3-22
1994: 2-12, 8-17
1995: 7-7, 15-11
1996: 5-9, 8-14
1997: 7-7, 14-11
1998: 6-8, 12-13
1999: 7-7, 10-15
Total: 35-63, 70-103
HS League -- 120-120
HS Overall -- 203-196
Drexel League -- 135-74
Drexel Overall -- 205-189
Total League -- 255-194
Total Overall -- 408-385

1971 SJP, 1972 STM
1972 STM

Appearances Ended in  . . .
Quarterfinals (4)
1969 SJP, 1970 SJP
1974 STM, 1997 SJP
Finals (2)
1971 SJP, 1972 STM

Kasim Holloman 1999 24.4
Maur. "Mo" Howard 1971 21.6
Ashley Howard 1998 19.9
Bill Truskey 1971 18.5
John Rush 1976 18.1
John Jablonski 1970 17.6
Tony Hayden 1995 17.4
David Grande 1970 17.2
Kasim Holloman 1998 17.1
Carl Kenty 1972 15.6
Enos Hill 1974 15.3
Angelo Reynolds 1977 14.8
Richard Furr 1977 14.6
Chub Edwards 1974 13.9
Chris Hightower 1997 13.8
Michael Anderson 1988 23.9
John Rankin 1989 23.6
Len Hatzenbeller 1981 21.8
Michael Anderson 1987 20.1
John Rankin 1988 19.6
John Rankin 1987 19.0
Bob Stephens 1979 18.9
Michael Anderson 1986 18.8



This story was written after Eddie coached the Prep to the 1971 Catholic League
championship . . .

This story was written in 1986 after Eddie led Drexel to the East Coast Conference
championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament . . .

By Kevin Mulligan
  TOWSON, Md. -- This time, Drexel wasn't hampered by illness or injury, as in 1983 and 1984 East Coast Conference
Tournament losses.
  This time, a last-second whistle didn't end Drexel's season, as it did in 1985.
  This time, Drexel coach Eddie Burke's script was not rewritten by the uncontrollable.
  The Towson Center horn had sounded.
  Hofstra could score no more points.
  And there was Eddie Burke dancing what must've been the Havertown version of the Irish jig. His Dragons were the East
Coast Conference Tournament champions, 80-76 winners over a persistent Hofstra team.
  Drexel's eighth consecutive victory and 14th in its last 15 games also bagged the school's first NCAA Tournament berth,
which is awarded automatically to the ECC champion.
  ''I told you there wasn't going to be any horror stories this year," said Drexel forward Casper Cooper, who remembered
last year's first-round loss to Lehigh, in which Walt Fuller was whistled for a decisive foul with three seconds left. "I don't
want this night to end. It's the greatest feeling in the world. Got to be."
  The celebration raged long past 2 a.m. at the team's headquarters in nearby Hunt Valley, Md.
  "I don't know what to say," said senior co-captain Fuller, blinking back tears in a near-empty Drexel locker room. "This
means everything to me. It was a long, hard time coming, but the guys told me they wouldn't let me down, and they never
did. They never did all season. And now we're the champs. It's like a dream come true. It's hard to put into words."
  Not for Burke, whose Dragons (19-11) converted six of eight free throws in the final 1:32 and held Hofstra to one field
goal after the Flying Dutchmen (17-13) charged from a 69-60 deficit at 6:35 to tie it at 74 with 1:45 showing.
  "Fast Eddie" had no trouble reducing the meaning of Drexel's 19th victory - which ties a school Division I record set in
1982, when the Dragons lost to St. Joe's in their only other appearance in an ECC championship game - to the simplest
of terms.
  "Forget all that other stuff. We're in the bar pools, OK? " Burke said. ''Now, maybe every housewife in Delaware County
won't be talking Villanova. Now we have a team that they can pick and say, 'Damn, I got Drexel.' They'll probably throw
it back in and say they didn't take it out.
  "But hey, they're going to be talking about the Dragons, brother."
  Last night, the vocal 800-plus at Towson State University's Towson Center were trying to recover from watching the
  Drexel, behind 14 points from point guard extraordinaire Michael Anderson (21 points total), had everything go its way in
the first half but the whistles - Cooper and Chris O'Brien committing three fouls each - as the Dragons cruised to a 45-36
halftime lead.
  A Troy Stribling jumper and a John Rankin banker off a nifty bounce pass from Stribling, who was in for O'Brien,
boosted Drexel's pad to 55-44 with 15:06 remaining, at which point Hofstra seemingly realized the game was not getting
any longer.
  The Dutchmen used a pair of offensive rebounds - two of 18 Hofstra had for the evening, compared to Drexel's five - by
reserve center Steve Rebholz to fuel an 8-0 burst that trimmed the spread to 55-52 with 11:55 remaining. What followed
was a memorable finish, in which Drexel spread the lead back out to nine and then lost it before recovering to win.
Included were the following highlights:
  * O'Brien, the Dragons' steadying influence, fouled out with 4:36 remaining on a controversial call by referee Frank
Scagliotta that ignited more controversy when he sent Hofstra's Luke Murphy to the line to shoot a one- and-one with
Drexel up, 71-64. As a large section of Drexel supporters erupted in protest, Murphy made one free throw, before
Scagliotta and Stan Rote, hearing the commotion and seeing Drexel's coaches pointing at the scoreboard, realized they
had awarded the free throws on Hofstra's fifth team foul, one under the limit. The point was taken off the scoreboard
and Hofstra retained possession.
  * With Drexel leading, 72-64, at the 4:17 mark, Hofstra - aided by two ill- advised Stribling bombs and a Stribling
turnover - put together a 10-2 run to tie it at 74 heading into the final 1:45.
  * Pat Rafferty came up with the biggest rebound of his career after an Anderson miss on the Dragons' next possession.
Rafferty was fouled and made one of two to give Drexel the lead for keeps, 75-74, with 1:32 left.
  Rankin rebounded Murphy's 16-foot miss Hofstra's next time down, and the Dragons iced it at the foul line. Anderson
hit two, but Hofstra's Leroy Allen got those back. Then Stribling knocked down one of two at :26 for a 78-76 lead, and
following a Hofstra miss, Anderson kicked off the partying with two free throws with nine seconds remaining.
  On the free throws with 26 seconds left, Hofstra coach Dick Berg tried to ice Stribling by making an illegal substitution
and by ordering his players to keep criss-crossing from one side of the lane to the other until the referee handed Stribling
the ball.
  "They tried to freeze me, but I just took my time and knocked it (the first free throw) out," he said. "When I made
that, I knew we had it, up two. "
  "I thought that was really unfair to the kid," said Burke. "But I have great confidence in Troy. That's why I put him in
there. He made a couple bad plays, but that's the kind of guys we have. They make mistakes, they don't dwell on them
to complicate matters. Troy cottoned the first one and the second rolled on him a little."
  O'Brien watched the final 4:36, pacing the floor with a towel in his mouth, behind the Drexel bench.
  "I was going nuts inside, watching," he said. "But I said as long as we got the ball in Anderson's hands, we were in.
I've never been through anything so nerve-wracking in my life. I once thought I'd like to coach, but now, sitting out like
that, I don't think I could take it. To tell you the truth, I was going to hide under the bleachers, so I wouldn't have to
watch. "
  "We missed his senior leadership out there," said Anderson, who scored 21 points, took 8 rebounds, handed out 3
assists and made 5 steals to clinch unanimous MVP honors. "But there's something about this team. Somebody goes
down or out, we pick him up. We just knew we were going to do it."
  "It's tremendous, absolutely tremendous," said Burke. "When you attain goals in your life, it's just a real edifying
experience. Our goal was to win the league, and then we had to do it over again in the playoffs. And it's not an easy
thing. A turnover, a block/charge call, you're out. One and done. To do what this team did (rebounding from a 5-10
start) is a great, great accomplishment."
  Burke had trouble holding in the pride that comes with knowing his often-overlooked program finally was sharing
similar turf with the Big 5 - the NCAA Tournament.
  "That taste I had in '82 (making it to the conference title game) has always stayed with me," Burke said. "These guys
weren't here then, but they wanted to create their own thing, that's all. I don't itch about the Big 5 anymore. Each of
them (the Big 5 schools) have their own identity and we're trying to make our identity larger, and I think that's what
we've done. We'll be all across the country, in every newspaper in the United States. That's pretty good publicity for
being a pretty good basketball team."
  "Actions speak louder than words, and I think our actions spoke tonight," Fuller said. "We've shown what we can
do. We've shown we've got a good team, just like the other good teams in the city. I think they respect us, and I think,
because of people like Eddie, they were pulling for us."
  "I think it's going to be a blast," said O'Brien. "We'll enjoy it, but we'll also be out to show people some things. I'm
sure we'll have teams sticking us man-to-man for 96 feet.
  "One of my friends was asking what I'll do against a Duke or Syracuse or someone like that. I said, 'I'm just going
to give the ball to Michael (Anderson), and I don't care if it's Mark Price or Pearl Washington, he's going to shake
'em. They're going to be standing there after Michael blows by 'em saying, 'Where the hell did that guy come from?' "
  And maybe after the game O'Brien will tell them: Philadelphia.
  NOTES: Walt Fuller turned in another exceptional game at both ends, scoring 17 points. He averaged 16 points in
the three wins, kept Drexel alive with scads of key baskets and steals, yet was not named to the five-man all- tourney
team. Drexel's freshman center John Rankin, who scored 16 points with seven rebounds last night, joined MVP
Michael Anderson, Hofstra's Leroy Allen and Luke Murphy, and Bucknell junior guard Mack Allsteadt. Chris O'Brien
on Anderson and Rankin: "Some Big 5 schools might be in different situations right now if they had them. They really
missed the boats."

Recaps of victories in high school championship games . . .

At the Palestra
SJ Prep 64, O'Hara 58
Maurice "Mo" Howard shot 12-for-18 and 5-for-8 for 29 points a CL postseason record and Bill Truskey mixed 13 points with 12 rebounds as The Prep prevailed. Two baskets by Howard and another by Truskey allowed the Hawklets to take a 49-46 lead and maintain control from there. Mike Arizin (22) and Ed Manning (17) led O'Hara.
At the Palestra
ST More 54, North 42
Carl Kenty collected 13 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks as Tommy More made Eddie Burke the first coach in CL history to win back-to-back championships at different schools. Emery Sammons scored 16 points and Larry Sanders grabbed 13 rebounds. Barry Brodzinski (11) and Mike Kernan (10) paced North, whose fans pelted the court with four stink bombs during the game and with empty beer cans as the Golden Bears celebrated.


At the Palestra
ST More 53, Bartram 45
  The Golden Bears reaped 15 points from Ron Holmes, 12 from Emery Sammons and 11 from Carl Kenty and stormed to a 17-2 lead in the first 6:59. Larry Sanders claimed 15 rebounds. Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant (18) and Roger Steve (15) paced Bartram, which missed 14 of its first 15 shots and committed six turnovers during that same span.

Below are the high school players who were coached by Eddie Burke over
16 seasons at St. Joseph's Prep, St. Thomas More, Bishop McDevitt, West
Catholic and SJ Prep again. The year indicates the player's final season. Most
were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not
play in the following season.

Dave Bean 1969
Mike Fee 1969
Jim Gilligan 1969
Rich Giordano 1969
Rich Hinckley 1969
Jack Krutsick 1969
Bob Schultz 1969
Drew Calhoun 1970
Lee Casaccio 1970
Dave Grande 1970
Mike Dougherty 1970
Jim Farrell 1970
Tom Gorman 1970
John Jablonski 1970
Paul McGonigle 1970
Kevin McKeever 1970
Roger Sturm 1970
Bill Truskey 1971
Brian Kenney 1971
Gene McCarron 1971
Dave Glielmi 1971
Maurice "Mo" Howard 1971
Paul Opila 1971
Phil Martelli 1971
Dave Tague 1971
Tim Corlies 1971
Jamie Walsh 1971
Brad Correll 1972
Carl Kenty 1972
Fran Flemming 1972
Joe Siravo 1972
John Gallagher 1972
Larry Sanders 1972
Mike Lewis 1972
Mike Regan 1972
Phil Johnson 1972
Ron Holmes 1972
Albert Jones 1973
Blane Newberry 1973
Emery Sammons 1973
Jim Feeney 1973
Mark Lewis 1973
Ron Seals 1973
Wilbert Lorick 1973
Al Clark 1974
Chub Edwards 1974
Enos Hill 1974
Jim Mazzola 1974
Lawrence Chandler 1974
Nick Martucci 1974
Tom Dixon 1974
Carlton Hall 1975
Edgar Carlis 1975
John Bryant 1975
John Faison 1975
Kevin Robinson 1975
Larry Chamberlain 1975
Mike Wilson 1975
Paul Bryant 1975
Reggie Jackson 1975
Robert Jacobs 1975
Ronald Boyd 1975
John Rush 1976
Brian O'Donnell 1976
Steve Porth 1976
Ron "Rocky" Antoni 1976
Brian Glancey 1976
Howard "Pee-Wee" Mims 1976
Rich Smith 1976
Bob Hensler 1976
Tom Walsh 1976
Tom Casey 1976
Kevin Keane 1976
Angelo Reynolds 1977
Rich Furr 1977
Dane Correll 1977
Al Smith 1977
Jeffrey Hunter 1977
Jeff Myers 1977
Mike White  1977
Kevin Cassidy 1977
Barry Duncan 1977
Joe Walsh 1977
Bill Emery 1977
Bill Ellis 1977
Bernie Coney 1993
Greg Klein 1993
Jason Lotkowski 1993
Jim Conley 1993
Brian Pearce 1994
Geoff Grab 1994
Mark Armstrong 1994
Pat Oldfield 1994
Pete Holmes 1994
Rob Burleigh 1994
Tom Regan 1994
Dennis Hart 1995
Matt Geschke 1995
Matt Strader 1995
Mike Gallagher 1995
Tom Welsh 1995
Tony Hayden 1995
Brendan Burke 1996
Danny Pommells 1996
George Paull 1996
Kevin McCloskey 1996
Randy Miller 1996
Chris Hightower 1997
Chris Sauter 1997
Joe Marsden 1997
John Dougherty 1997
Mike Pedicino 1997
Rob Welsh 1997
Steve Mullin 1997
Steve Walsh 1997
Ashley Howard 1998
Brian Finnegan 1998
David Jacquette 1998
Jermaine Slade 1998
Lamar Stokes 1998
Chris Haas 1999
Jamar Stokes 1999
Jimmy Martelli 1999
Kasim Holloman 1999
Kevin Wilson    1999
Mike Barker 1999
Mike Foelster 1999
Mike Wallin 1999
Paul Fischer 1999
Phil Martelli 1999
Ryan Cassidy 1999
Ryan Tyson 1999

Below are the players who were coached by Eddie Burke over 14 seasons at
Drexel University. The year indicates the player's final season. Most were
seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play
in the following season.

Name Year
Ray James 1978
Joe Gore 1978
Tom Betley 1978
Joe Conahan 1978
Tony Weldon 1978
Bob Stephens 1979
Norm Buchanan 1979
Dave Broadus 1980
Mike O'Connell 1980
Joe Boback 1980
Mike Curley 1980
Rick Marshall 1980
Len Hatzenbeller 1981
Brian O'Loughlin 1981
Randy Burkert 1982
Mike Moran 1982
John Von Nieda 1982
Derrick Joynes 1982
Leslie Alston 1982
John Siorek 1983
Mike McIntyre 1983
Joe Petrone 1983
Brian Anderson 1983
Michael Mitchell 1984
Richard Congo 1984
Rob O'Loughlin 1984
Tom Rymal 1984
Rick Maccarone 1984


Charles Hickman 1985
Tom Pederson 1985
Gerald Gardner 1985
Doug Johnston 1985
Walt Fuller 1986
Chris O'Brien 1986
Troy Stribling 1987
Casper Cooper 1987
Pat Lafferty 1987
Rick Papes 1987
Michael Anderson 1988
Lou Bucchere 1988
John Rankin 1989
Mike Staveski 1989
Chris Arizin 1989
Jimmie Parker 1989
Rob Johnstone 1989
Todd Lehmann 1990
Jim Hardy 1990
Brian Raabe 1990
Tom Murphy 1990
John Caruso 1990
Arthur Clark 1991
Michael Thompson 1991
Dan Leahy 1991
Clarence Armstrong 1991
Jonathan Raab 1991
Jim Fenwick 1991
Mike Wisler 1991
Matt Attar 1991
Andre Daniel 1991
Matt Alexander 1991
Jim Rullo 1991