During the past decade that Tom Burman has served as Athletics Director at the University of Wyoming, perhaps no year was more successful or more memorable than the 2016-17 year of competition.
Since Burman was named to the position of Athletics Director on Oct. 9, 2006, Wyoming Athletics has enjoyed many of the most memorable moments in school history. He has hired some of the most accomplished head coaches in University of Wyoming history.
Academically, Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes have achieved at exceptional levels. Fundraising and season-ticket sales have reached record levels in Burman’s 10-plus years directing the UW Athletics department, and numerous facility projects have been completed.
Before becoming A.D. at Wyoming, Burman had previously served as an Associate Athletics Director at UW from 1995-2000. His first position at his alma mater was as Associate Athletics Director for Development, serving as Executive Director of the Cowboy Joe Club from 1995-97. From 1997-2000, Burman was Wyoming’s Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. During that time period, he was instrumental in raising funds for the $9.4 million Rochelle Athletics Center.
He served as Athletics Director at Portland State University from Sept. 2000 through March 2006. Burman returned to UW in March 2006 as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement with the UW Foundation, before being selected by President Tom Buchanan as the eighth athletics director in UW history.
Burman began his intercollegiate athletics career as Director of Marketing and Promotions (1993-95) at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Before entering a career in college athletics, he worked as a project manager for the sports management company DeWilber & Associates in McLean, Va., from 1990-92.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Wyoming in 1988 and an M.B.A. from Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pa., in 1991. Burman is 51 years old, born Jan. 4, 1966. He and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Drew and Nathan.