Burger Picked to Lead Fire Boys Basketball

After a comprehensive search, Principal John Dols announced on June 16 that Joe Burger as the new head boys basketball coach.  He shared these words, “Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a love for the game of basketball, a commitment to the HF mission, and a passion for working with young men.”   

Coach Burger, after a short 3 year stint at Holy Family, has spent the last nine years as the head coach of the Edina High School Boys Basketball program, leading several teams through the competitive Lake Conference seasons to the Section 2AAAA finals.  He earned the distinction of 2AAAA Coach of the Year in 2017 and, in part, built a high school program by establishing a strong summer camp program that introduced over 300 youth to Edina High School basketball.  Coach Burger has experience and familiarity with the AAU program and coached with the nationally ranked 17U program.  He is well versed in the college recruiting process, and several former players have gone on to play collegiate ball, including at the Division 1 level. It is fair to say that he will immediately make an impact and continue Holy Family basketball’s strong legacy. 

Coach Burger shared this message with his new team:

It is hard to describe just how thrilled I am to be come back home to Holy Family as the Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach. I have always felt an exceptional loyalty to this program and it is an honor to be able to return and give back to the school that has contributed so much to my positive experience as a coach.

 I learned so much (other than how to coach defense) in my years coaching under Matt Thuli and my biggest takeaway was always how he cultivated relationships with his players. That same student-centered focus is what I will bring in as head coach and I understand that my job is for each player in our program to feel valued, regardless of their role. We are going to work hard, play the game the right way, enjoy our time on the court as a team, and maximize the competitive experience and total development of the student-athletes in our program.

 I am really looking forward to working with our players next week and so excited to be back as a part of this basketball community!

A quick note that the summer camp schedule is changing. The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming schedule changes

The 9 am-10:30 am camp will be moved to 4:15-6 pm next week, beginning Monday, June 20.  The 10:30am-noon workouts will not meet next week (June 20-23).  The 10:30am-noon  workouts will resume on Monday, June 27, with an additional make-up week scheduled in August.  

Coach Burger would love to meet his players’ parents.  He encourages you to stop by at the end of practice and introduce yourself.  He can also be reached at burgerj@hfchs.org if you have any additional questions.