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.”