Northwestern High boys’ basketball coach Terrance Burke falls victim to the corona virus disease

by Gary Adornato

The heartbreak over the potential loss of the spring sports season, and the postponement of the state basketball tournament prior to that, because of the coronavirus, seem trivial today in light of a far more serious loss, at the hands of Covid-19 pandemic, on the state high school sports season.

Terrance Burke, the 54-year old boys’ basketball coach Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County, passed away Friday after battling the coronavirus for approximately two weeks.

Burke’s death was announced by Monica Goldson, CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools, in a letter to the Northwestern school community.

“I know this news is devastating and shocking to many in the Northwestern High School community and all who knew and loved him,” wrote Goldson. “Please know that my heart is breaking with yours and I am praying for your strength and comfort during this time.”

Burke, a veteran of the United States Navy and a school counselor at Northwestern, was a native of Brooklyn, New York. He was described as fit and healthy, but did suffer from asthma, an underlying health factor that increases a patient’s vulnerability to the virus which has now claimed more than 2,500 American lives and afflicted nearly 150,000 patients in the United States.

Burke’s Wildcats went 13-10 in 2019-2020 and his final game was an 87-77 loss to Parkdale High School in the opening round of the 4A South regionals on Feb. 28th.

During a daily briefing by the President’s Coronus Virus Task Force, on Sunday, President Trump and the administrations lead health experts predicted that current models predict that between 80,000 and 160,000 Americans may die from the disease.

Varsity Sports Network joins the high school sports community across the state in extending our prayers and condolences to the family of Coach Burke.

Pictured above: Late Northwestern-PG basketball coach Terrance Burke, who passed away from complications of the corona virus last Friday.