Fitchburg State Tabs Burke

July 10, 2018

Matthew J. Burke is ready to take Falcon Athletics to the next level as Fitchburg State's new athletic director. Arriving at Fitchburg State following a lengthy tenure at Mount Ida College, Burke sees a lot of potential at his new institution. Like Mount Ida, Fitchburg State competes in the NCAA's Division III.

 "My philosophy is grounded in what Division III is all about," he said. "The number one priority is to be a student, and earn their degree. I also believe that athletics provides a lot of valuable life lessons. I want every student-athlete to represent the department with pride, wherever they are."

 Burke comes to Fitchburg State following the retirement of longtime Athletic Director Sue Lauder, whose 22-year tenure with the Falcons included being named the DIII Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2017. That honor was bestowed in recognition of Lauder's efforts to enhance athletics and recreation opportunities at the university, including the addition of women's varsity lacrosse and volleyball.

"I am excited about the leadership and vision that Matt Burke will bring to Falcon athletics," said Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Bayless. "Sue Lauder's retirement left big shoes to fill, and I know that Matt's strong experience has prepared him well to lead our athletic department to new heights."

 Burke's career at Mount Ida College dates to 1998, including the last seven years as executive director of athletics. His time there included expansion of athletic facilities and addition of new varsity sports.

 At Fitchburg State, Burke said he hopes to support the university's student-athletes with similar passion. "I believe in an individualized approach, and I want to see improvement for students academically as well as on the field," he said.

 Burke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and received his master's in Business Administration from Nichols College.

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...