11/13/2013 10:10 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST

Blue Bombers cut ties with head coach Burke

Tim Burke has been released as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“We thank Tim for his passion, hard work and professionalism throughout the past year-and-a-half he has been in this role, and for his tireless efforts over the past three seasons with the Winnipeg Football Club,” president and CEO Wade Miller stated in a news release.

“If an opportunity does arise for him to join our staff as a defensive coordinator, our organization would definitely be open to exploring this with Tim.”

Burke joined the Blue Bomber coaching staff prior to the 2011 season in the role of defensive coordinator, before taking over on an interim basis in August of 2011 and officially being named head coach on Nov. 1, 2012.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Winnipeg and am grateful for the opportunity this franchise gave me," Burke stated in the news release.

"The fan support in this city and province is just really remarkable and it is one of the greatest things I can take away from this experience in Winnipeg."