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Burke to remain Bombers coach in 2013

Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have removed the interim tag from Tim Burke and named him full-time head coach.

Burke was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach when Paul LaPolice was fired in late August. He will remain head coach through the 2013 season.

"Tim has done a great job at leading this football team since taking over the position in August and our players have shown a great deal of respect for him and his coaching style," said Bombers general manager Joe Mack in a statement on Thursday. "We believe that by naming him head coach now, he will have a full offseason to implement his own system and style of coaching and will give us a head start on bettering our team for next season."

The Bombers were 2-6 when Burke took over and will head into Saturday's regular-season finale against Montreal at 5-12 with no hope of reaching the playoffs. Winnipeg entered this season off an appearance in the Grey Cup last year.

Burke first joined the Bombers as defensive coordinator in 2011. He spent three years in the same role with Montreal, helping the Alouettes to three straight Grey Cup trips and back-to-back championships in 2009-10.

"I am more than ecstatic to be the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers," Burke said in a statement. "I've waited a long time for this and I look forward to having the opportunity to lead this football team. I believe in where this organization is headed and I can't wait to get started on doing what I can to improve on our record from this season and bring the people of Winnipeg and fans of this team back to the Grey Cup."

Burke's CFL experience also includes three seasons with Calgary as defensive backs coach and an interim defensive coordinator stint with the Stampeders in 2007.

11/01 11:33:57 ET


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