Coquille High School
Graduating Class of '67
All State Football '67
Football - 4 years, 2 years Varsity
Wrestling - 3 years, 3 years Varsity
Track (mile) --1 years, 3 years Varsity
Southwestern Oregon Community College - '68
Oregon College of Education
'71 B.S. in Education/basic Reading Credential
'72 Standard Reading Credential
'76 M.S. in Education
Varsity Football - 3 years
Wrestling - 1 year
Student Government - 2 years
University of Oregon - '82 Administrative Credential
CAREER & FAMILY
1971-1974 Seaside High School
Taught Reading & Coached
1974-2005 Marshfield High School
Taught Reading, Career Education, Speech,
Geography, English & P.E.
Wayne was raised in Coquille, Oregon along with his sister, Kathleen,
and brother, John, by their parents Wayne and Maxine Van Burger. Wayne
always knew he would be involved in education as a teacher and coach. After college he taught
in Seaside for 3 years, knowing that he wanted to move closer to home.
He was able to achieve
that goal when he was hired by the Coos Bay School District.
Family means a lot to Wayne and he welcomed daughters Wendy ('75) and
Dara ('77) to start the 6th generation of Van Burger's in Coos County.
basketball and Dara was on the cheerleading squad for Springfield High
School. Wayne and Susanne met when she moved to the area to teach in
married in 1980 and two more Van Burger's joined the family. Ty ('84)
and Lauren ('88). Ty joined dad in the wrestling room achieving several
honors himself: 4 year
state placer (a goal he set for himself). National High School Academic
All American, and Oregon Classic Academic/Wrestling Award Winner, to
name a few. Lauren
also joined dad in the wrestling room to be his mat girl when she wasn't
playing volleyball. She knows her way around a match, critiquing the
moves and points.
Wayne retired from teaching in 2003 and from coaching in 2005. Susanne
retired in 2005 after 27 years of teaching. She has and continues to
support him in all his
endeavors. Now, he is working on his second career, Beaver Hill
Productions, making fishing films, hunting films, and corporate films
for local and national companies.
CAREER TEACHING ACHIEVEMENTS
1974-1980 Successfully established a grant program,
Skills Lab". It became a "model
program, combining a Tutorial, Reading,
1976 "Spin off, into the Next 100 Years" authored Career
Ed. Book for
the Interdisciplinary Skills Lab.
1980-1994 State mandate "Career Education":
Established a career
education model, which was
recognized as one of the states promising
Worked with the state department developing 15 Career
throughout the state.
1983 ESD Grant: Helped organize and develop K- 12
handbook for Coos and Curry
1987 Selected "CIS Oregon Career Educator of the
1988 Selected "CIS National Career Educator of the
1988 "U.S. West Outstanding Teacher" award.
1990-2000 Worked with State Department's Special
Task Forces on Career
1992-1994 Developed MHS Reading program.
SWOCC for 2+2
2000 Established tutorial study program.
COACHING HISTORY & ACHIEVEMENTS:
1971-1974 Seaside, OR, assistant football coach
1971-1973 Seaside, OR, assistant wrestling coach.
1973-1974 Seaside, OR, Head wrestling coach.
1974-2005 MHS assistant football coach.
1974-1983 MHS assistant
1984-2005 MHS Head wrestling coach.
1986 MHS Cultural Exchange, Sister City delegation,
wrestling team leader/coach.
1992 Oregon Cultural Exchange Team Japan, team
1994 Oregon Cultural Exchange Team Alaska, team
1997 Oregon Cadet National Team Coach.
1998 U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs,
Colorado, one of 5
wrestling coaches in the nation
selected to work and train with the
1999 Oregon Cadet National Team Coach, team leader
Concord International Greco Championship
Team Oregon/Champions, team leader.
2001 Micronesia Federation Games, selected as OIC
coach of Micronesian Olympic
National Team on the Island of Yap.
2002 Oregon Cadet National Dual Meet Team Coach.
Greco Team placed 2nd
and Freestyle Team placed
4th at Nationals in Greeley, CO.
2005 Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Coached first Oregon vs California state champion duals.
Established Oregon Beach Wrestling.
Established first state beach wrestling team in the
Established First State and National Beach Wrestling
Tournament in the
Member of the National committee to establish Beach
Wrestling in the
Tournament Director of the first National & State Beach
held at Bullard's State Park, Bandon,
2006 Initiated and helped establish the first National
& State Beach
Wrestling Association joining the
Oregon Wrestling Association.
2006-2008 Oregon Beach Wrestling State Director &
Association Board Member.
District 5 AAAA "Coach of the Year" 7 times.
1984-2005 WRESTLING TEAM
Dual Meet Records:
Overall Dual Meet Record. 238 wins, 72 loses, 6 ties, 77% winning
League Dual Meet Record, 150 wins, 25 loses, 3 ties, 86% winning average
League Dual Meet Champions, 10 times
League Dual Meet Runners Ups, 10 times
District Dual Meet Champions/Runner ups
Tournament Team Finishes:
Overall Team Tournament Champions, 49 times
Overall Team Tournament Runners Ups, 23 times
District Tournament Team Finishes:
Champions. 9 times
Runner Up. 7 times
Third, 2 times
Fourth, 3 times
State Tournament Team Finishes:
Top ten, 6 times
Individual District Placers:
District Placers (top 6), 336
State Qualifiers (top 3), 184
District Champions, 58
District Runner ups, 71
Individual State & National Placers in
Folk, Freestyle & Greco:
State Champions. I 1
State Runner ups, 22
State Placers. 128
Junior National All Americans, I I
Oregon Cultural Exchange Team Members. 6
Individual 4 Year State Placers:
2000-2003 Ty Van Burger
2002-2005 Justin McGinness, Andrew Dewater
Individual "Triple Crown Champion":
2005 Andrew Dewater
Individual Academic Awards:
National High School Academic All Americans. 7
Oregon Classic Academic/Wrestling Award Winners, 6