Burke Paxton is entering his first season as the Emerson Interim Head Tennis Coach in the 2020-2021 season, after serving as the Primary Men’s and Women’s Assistant Coach since August of 2019. Paxton has been coaching for most of his life, helping coach, develop, and train advanced junior players since the age of 18. Before Emerson, Paxton was the Men’s Assistant Tennis Coach for Endicott College from winter of 2018 to the summer 2019. Paxton also works as the Director of Tennis and Summer Programming for Tenacity’s program at the Frederick Middle School in Dorchester. Tenacity is a non-profit NJTL pathway program that helps urban youths close the opportunity gap by teaching literacy and identity skills, and tennis. He also helps train some of the top ranked juniors in New England in his free time.
Paxton graduated from Hamilton College in 2017 with a BA in Government and Hispanic Studies. Competing in the NESCAC, widely considered the best Division III tennis conference in the country, Paxton played on the Hamilton varsity tennis team all four years, earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors twice, and serving as captain his senior year.
Paxton hails from Yarmouth, Maine, where he played in high school for North Yarmouth Academy,serving as their captain for three years and earning All-State honors his senior year, 1st team all-conference his junior and senior years, and second team all-conference his sophomore year.
When not coaching, Paxton still plays competitively playing in many adult tournaments throughout the area, and is an avid Boston sports fan.