As a former 6th grade teacher at Madison Middle School, he had the pleasure of teaching Burk in his first year on the job. They had to grow up fast together, Kyle in the classroom and Burk adjusting to life in middle school, but through that became close and built a strong relationship.
Watching Burk grow and develop into the fun-loving, kind hearted, and people serving young man he was is something Kyle will always remember fondly and brings a smile to his face. Through the years, he was able to teach or coach 3 of Burk’s siblings, Laynie and Ethan both had him in 6th grade and Nate played football for him at BHS.
Kyle was born and raised in Bartlesville and is proud to call it home today. His father worked for Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips for more than 30 years and his mother has always been in private business and deeply involved in the community. They both are hardworking and giving folks and he credits them for his love of Bartlesville and being involved with various organizations in order to give back to the community.
He is a 2002 graduate of Bartlesville High School and participated in multiple sports while there. Kyle received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and earned a Master’s of Education degree from East Central University in Ada. He spent the first 15 years of his professional career in coaching, both collegiately and in high school. This includes 2 years at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 6 years at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and two stints that covered 7 total years at Bartlesville High School.
Currently, Kyle serves as the Business Development Specialist for Tri County Tech in Bartlesville. This position has given him the ability to be more involved in the community outside of the sports world, and allowed him the time to join a few boards in town. In 2019 he joined the PlayForBurk Foundation board and serves as its secretary. He is also on the board for Paths to Independence, a private school dedicated to serving children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kyle is an advocate for the Bartlesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he represents Tri County Tech at a number of functions and activities. He has previously served on the YMCA Youth Sports Committee, has been a member of the Friends of Woolaroc, the Bartlesville Sports Commission, and the Knights of Columbus Council 1302.
Kyle’s wife, Clare, works in People Development for Truity Credit Union and enjoys giving back to the community as well. They are members of St. John Before the Latin Gate Catholic Church where she served as the Nursery and Children’s Ministry director for 3 years. They have two beautiful children, Bailey and Ryder, and are excited to raise their family in Bartlesville for many years to come!