Apr 19, 2012
When Daniel Finn stepped aside as the head football coach at Southeast Raleigh High School last fall to focus on his position as athletic director, he knew exactly what he was looking for in a coach.
Five months after the job came open, Finn believes he has found his man.
Marvin Burke was named the next head football coach at Southeast Raleigh on Thursday.
Burke and Finn have a history coaching together. When Finn became the head coach at D.H. Conley High School in Greenville, Burke joined him as the defensive coordinator. He followed Finn to Southeast Raleigh when he became the head coach in 2006 and stayed for three years before moving to South Carolina where he coached at Lewisville High School.
"He will bring a lot of discipline. He's an old school hard-nosed kind of football coach," Finn said. "He has a very strong defensive background too."
Burke played linebacker at East Carolina and has always been a defensive coach, and Finn is excited about having a coach who knows a little bit about Southeast Raleigh.
"He knows what we have here, he knows how to win here, he knows what to do to win here," Finn said. 'He helped build Southeast Raleigh to what it is today."
Finn said there is a lot of talent coming back to Southeast Raleigh next year, and even more moving up from the junior varsity team which completed a 9-1 season.
The hire wraps up a long five month process for Finn and the Southeast Raleigh program, and he says it's a relief.
"Just trying to keep the kids organized and excited about football has been tough because the process has been so long," he said. "But our administration did a great job of getting a coach in here that can really succeed."
Football season starts in August in North Carolina.