EDMOND — It’s hard to imagine anyone more prepared for his first head coaching job than Scott Burger.
Named Edmond North’s new head football coach on Wednesday morning, Burger’s journey of more than three decades as an assistant coach has taken the next step.
Burger is leaving Putnam City North, where he’s been an assistant for the last 29 seasons. Over that span, he worked as an offensive and defensive coordinator, serving under an impressive lineage of head coaches — Ron Taylor, Mike Little and Bob Wilson.
Before that, he spent time under other well-respected coaches Henry Manning at Del City and Kenny Ray at Ponca City.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work for some great coaches,” Burger said. “Being a coordinator, both defense and offense, and being around the head coaches I’ve had the opportunity to work for, I feel like I’m fully prepared to take on this job.”
Burger takes over a Class 6A program that has reached the second round of the playoffs each of the last three seasons. He replaces Jeremy Dombek, who left earlier this month to take the head job at Mustang.
“Scott is one of the few men who have coached both sides of the ball as a coordinator in a successful program like Putnam City North,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “In addition to that, his character and reputation as a coach and an individual are incredible. We’re just thrilled to be adding him to our coaching staff.”
Burger played under Little at Putnam City West, then played quarterback for two years at Wichita State before transferring to Central Oklahoma, where he was an NAIA All-American.
He spent Wednesday observing his new team at a camp in Yukon, and meeting coaches, administrators and parents.
“The next obvious position for him was head coach,” Wilson said. “He has a great football mind. He’s a good character guy. He has all the things you’re looking for in a head coach. We hate to lose him, but you’ve got to be excited for him to get the same opportunity some crazy person gave me here at one point.”
After spending 29 years at one school, Burger knew it would be a difficult decision to leave. But something about the Edmond North job fit. “It’s very hard to leave friends I’ve been with for so long,” Burger said. “Being a head coach is always something I’ve wanted to do. My wife and I have prayed about it, and things happen for a reason. I think I was at Putnam City North for so long for a reason, and it’s time to go.
“(Wednesday) was unbelievable, meeting the coaches, administrators, parents, the kids — it couldn’t have been any better. It really made it feel like this was supposed to happen.”