Former Friar Doris Burke '87 Named Recipient Of NCAA Silver Anniversary Award

Doris Burke '87

Nov. 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former Providence College women's basketball stand-out and current NBA, WNBA and college basketball TV analyst, Doris Burke '87, was named a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The NCAA has named six former student-athletes as recipients of its Silver Anniversary Award that annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Burke becomes just the second Providence College graduate to earn the prestigious honor. Former men's basketball player Ray Flynn '63 was an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winner in 1988.

Joining Burke among the list of 2012 recipients are: Tim Brown (Notre Dame/Football), Kevin Johnson (University of California, Berkeley/Men's Basketball), Sean Payton (Eastern Illinois University/Football), Amy Perko (Wake Forest/Women's Basketball) and David Robinson (United States Naval Academy/Basketball). The 2012 award winners will be recognized at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 13 during the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

"In the history of both collegiate and professional basketball, Doris Burke's achievements in broadcast journalism stand at the very pinnacle of the profession," said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. "Doris is a true pioneer, someone who used both her collegiate education and her athletic career as a springboard to explore and transcend the defined limits of her craft. The entire Providence College community congratulates Doris on this most significant and deserving honor from the NCAA and salutes her continued excellence."

Burke, a member of the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame and New England Basketball Hall of Fame, had an impressive playing career with the Friars from 1983-1987. The gritty point guard led Providence in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection. Burke led the BIG EAST Conference in assists two-straight seasons from 1985-1987, and still ranks second all-time at Providence College in assists with 602 handouts in 113 career games.

In addition to earning All-BIG EAST honors, Burke was selected to the KODAK District I All-America Team in 1987. She also was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team twice during her career, and is one of only three players in program history to make the All-Tournament Team multiple times. Not only did Burke facilitate the offense for others as the lead play-maker, she also was a prolific scorer. To date, Burke ranks 10th all-time at Providence in career scoring, with 1,372 points.

Since graduation, Burke has become a pioneer in the field of TV sports journalism. Working for ESPN since 1991, Burke has served as a sideline reporter, analyst and play-by-play broadcaster for NCAA men's and women's basketball, the NBA and the WNBA. She is the first woman to call a BIG EAST Conference men's basketball game, the first woman to be hired as a regular commentator for a men's college basketball package and the first woman to call a New York Knicks game on the radio and on television.

"Doris has set the bar quite high during her athletic and professional endeavors, and the Providence College community is very proud," Providence College Athletics Director Robert G. Driscoll said. "The honor is well deserved, and is a tribute to her exceptional character, drive and passion for athletics, not just during her time here at Providence College, but as she has progressed through her professional career."

To read the NCAA's official release, please click on the following link:
NCAA Names 2012 Silver Anniversary Award Winners 

 

 

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