Jessica Karenke-Burke has led Bulldog softball to 6 Region XIV Conference Championship titles and 14 post-season tournament appearances as she enters her 19th season with the program.
Karenke-Burke now holds the most all-time coaching victories in Navarro softball history and her overall coaching record entering 2019-20 stands at 611-359 (.630). Her 600th victory came March 8, 2019 in a 10-2 win over Tallahassee CC at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. Region XIV named her and assistant Courtney Anderson (now Corsicana High School softball coach) as the league’s ‘Coaching Staff Of The Year’ in 2011 and 2014.
During her career at NC, coach Karenke-Burke has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans, 71 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region Honorees, 2 Region XIV Players of the Year and several All-Region selections.
Karenke-Burke served here as an assistant (2000-2001) before being elevated to head coach in 2002. Before arriving at Navarro, Karenke-Burke served as an assistant coach at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos (1999-2000) and, prior, as a student assistant coach at Texas Tech University (1998-1999).
The 1999 Texas Tech University graduate was a three-year letterwinner for the Red Raiders, and a one-year letter winner for Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, Ill.
She receives support and encouragement from her husband, John, and two children, Micah and Brinly. Karenke-Burke attended United Township High School in East Moline, Ill., where her parents, Gary and Carole Karenke, still reside.