About Mark

Mark Andrew Burke is a former PSA squash professional. He has more than 20 years squash experience, and has been coaching for the last 15 years.

Having based himself in Europe during his time as a full-time player, Mark subsequently settled in Belgium, and has coached in various clubs. Currently in Oudenaarde (Recrean). He now plays only in Belgium*, leading the Electro Carbone Recrean Eredivisie team (last 3 years Belgian National Champions) and playing local and National level tournaments.

*Selected as a member of the National Selection, Mark has also represented Belgium the last 4 years at the European Team Championships.

Mark has already had great success in coaching at a Junior level in Belgium, with many of the players under his guidance being selected for National and Flemish Selection Squads. Jan van den Herrewegen (current) and Tom Demulder (past) are two examples. Future promising players include Florian Bierkens, Dries Verhaegen & Kevin De Maesschalck (all 12 years).

See below for a brief summary of Mark’s Coaching and Playing achievements:

PLAYING

  • Highest PSA World Ranking #97, January 2002
  • ‘A’ International Player, Belgium
  • Former #1 Player Eredivisie (now playing on 3) – Electro Carbone, Oudenaarde (Belgian Champions 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Bateas Euromillions Tournament Winner 2007
  • Mens ‘Beker van Vlaanderen’ Runners – Up (Recrean) 2007
  • Mixed ‘Beker van Vlaanderen’ Winners (Recrean) 2006, 2007
  • Wilson National Series 2005 – 3rd, 2006 – 4th, 2007 – 2nd place
  • Flemish Champion – Doubles 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Tasmanian PSA Challenger Open Winner 1997, 1999, 2000
  • Tasmanian PSA Challenger Open Runner – Up 1998
  • Hobart PSA Challenger Open Winner 1998

COACHING

2007: Appointed Provincial Coach for Oost-Vlaanderen (East Flanders) for 2007-2008

2006-2007: Head Coach at both Bateas Sportcentrum, Gent and Recrean Sportcentrum, Oudenaarde, voted ‘Squash Club of the Year’ by the Vlaamse Squash Federation (VSF)

2000-2002: Head Coach at De Diepput, The Hague, The Netherlands

1998-1999: Squash Co-ordinator, The Friends School, Hobart, Australia

1998: Junior State Coach, Tasmania, Australia

QUALIFICATIONS

November 2008
Brisbane, Australia
Masters in Applied Science – Sports Coaching, University of Queensland, Human Movement Campus, Brisbane Australia

April 1999
Hobart, Australia
NCAS Level 2 General Coaching Principles

April 1999
Hobart, Australia
NCAS (National Coaching Accreditation Scheme – Australia) Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches Certificate

February 1999
Hobart, Australia
RLSSA (Royal Life Saving Society of Australia) Pool Lifeguard Certificate

August 1998
Hobart, Australia
RLSSA Bronze Medallion Certificate

October 1996
Sydney, Australia
NCAS Level 1 Squash Coaching Certificate