Founder and Head Coach
Jon Burke has been coaching male and female water polo players of all ages throughout northern California since 1999. Before moving to Monterey in the summer of 2018, Coach Burke served as head coach of the girl’s water polo program at Sacred Heart Prep for 12 years, where his program experienced unprecedented success. As head coach he guided the Gators to 10 consecutive CIF Central Coast Section Championships (CIF record for consecutive section championships), 12 consecutive CIF Central Coast Section championship game appearances, and nine West Catholic Athletic League titles. Coach Burke's program was also a back-to-back (2016 & 2017) CIF Central Coast Section Varsity Girls Water Polo Scholastic Championship Team for cumulative team GPA. In 12 seasons his teams compiled an overall record of 279 - 70 (.800 winning percentage) and went 54 - 8 in post season league and section playoff matches (.871 winning percentage). He developed 16 NISCA Speedo All-Americans, 8 CIF Central Coast Section Players of the Year, 43 All-Section selections, and 40 All-WCAL selections. KK Clark (SHP ’08, UCLA ’12), a 2016 USA Women’s Water Polo Olympic Gold Medalist played for Coach Burke at Sacred Heart Prep, captaining the team and leading the Gators to their first of ten section titles in 2007. During his tenure, Coach Burke supported 25 student-athletes in achieving their goal of playing NCAA water polo at many of the top programs in the nation. His individual coaching awards and recognition included being honored as the 2017 California High School Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year, the 2017 Northern California Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year, and the 2015 Central Coast Section Girls Water Polo Honor Coach.
Prior to his appointment at Sacred Heart Prep, from 2003 – 2006 Coach Burke served as the assistant coach for the men's and women's water polo programs at the University of California, Davis, where he also played and was captain of the men's team. In 2006 he helped the women's program win their first Western Water Polo Association conference championship, providing an automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Women’s Water Polo National Championships where they finished 5th nationally. During his time with the Aggie programs he coached 10 ACWPC All-Americans and 15 All-WWPA selections.
Coach Burke has been coaching water polo at the club level for many years as well. He is the current founder and head coach of Monterey Bay United Water Polo, a USA Water Polo club program serving the Monterey Bay and Central Coast areas of California. Over the past two decades he held prominent head coaching positions with Stanford Water Polo Club (18-under boys), Stanford Water Polo (18-under girls), Davis Water Polo Club (Head Age Group Coach), Alumni Water Polo Club, and Oakland Masters. In addition he was the head coach and program director of Atherton Aquatics Foundation from 2006 – 2018 and was the founder and head coach of Devil Mountain Water Polo Club (Pleasant Hill, CA) from 2000 – 2003. Two former club players went on to become Olympic Gold Medalists (KK Clark and Melissa Seidemann), one represented Great Britain at the European Championships (Pippa Temple), six represented the USA in international competition at either the senior, youth, cadet, or World University games level, and numerous athletes have represented zone teams in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) National Team Pipeline. Coach Burke has coached in Spain, Hungary, Canada, and Argentina, and on the international stage led the USA Men’s Maccabi Team to a Gold Medal at the 2006 Pan American Maccabi Games. In 2005 he received the USA Water Polo Central Zone Development Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Burke is a current member of the ODP National Goalkeeper Staff and also served as head coach of the ODP Pacific Zone Girls Cadet Team in 2014 & 2015, a team which captured gold at the 2015 ODP National Championships. He was the head coach of the USA Water Polo Central Zone Boys Cadet Team in 2005 & 2006 and the Central Zone Boys Development Team in 2004 & 2005.
When not coaching, Coach Burke enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking or going to the beach, and spending time with his two kids (Kai and Michael) and his wife, Debra.