Now in her second season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, Kacey Burke (formerly Kacey White) continues to play an instrumental part in head coach Matt Potter's vision for the Sooner soccer program. In addition to playing a key role in OU's recruiting efforts, Burke also handles individual and group player development. Off the playing field, she is involved with the team's travel, community involvement and academics.
Burke arrived at OU with an impressive soccer pedigree as a player and a coach. A former U.S. National Team member from 2006-2010, Burke was also a two-time All-American at the University of North Carolina.
"We are delighted to add Kacey from an incredible pool of candidates to our soccer staff," Potter said of Burke's hiring."Kacey brings a wealth of experience as a student athlete, national team and professional player. She has boundless energy and impressed us with her personality, vision and commitment to contribute to our program. It was clear to us that her enthusiasm was a match from the moment she stepped on campus."
A native of Arlington, Texas, Burke's collegiate coaching experience includes serving as a volunteer assistant in 2008 at Southern Methodist University and as an assistant coach at Texas Tech University in 2007. She has also worked with the Sky Blue Soccer School (2009-2010) and started her own camp after playing for UNC, the Kacey Burke Champions Camps, which still runs today.
"With a working knowledge and having played in and grown up in the Dallas area, Kacey brings an instant credibility to our desire to recruit in the state of Texas," added Potter. "The addition of Kacey speaks to the ambition of this program as we continue to shape the staff for a new chapter in Oklahoma soccer."
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue my collegiate coaching career at OU and to aid Coach Potter and the staff in their vision for the bright future of the Sooner soccer program," said Burke. "I would like to thank the staff for the opportunity and I am honored to now be a part of such a wonderful academic and athletic institution."
On the collegiate level, Burke was a two-time All-American (2004 and 2005) for perennial power North Carolina and helped lead the Tar Heels to a National Championship in 2003 and three ACC Championships (2002, 2003 and 2005).
Burke was also a three-time All-ACC selection and was named the most valuable player of the 2005 ACC Tournament. She finished her career ranked No. 5 on UNC's all-time career assists list and ranked fourth in the nation in 2003 with 16 helpers. Burke also excelled in the classroom and was a three-time member of the Dean's list and a member of ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2005.
Burke and her husband Joe were married in November 2012.