Coffman announces retirement from Duke athletics

DURHAM – After a Duke career spanning more than 15 years, Tom Coffman will step down from his position as Deputy Director of the Athletics Department for Compassion at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

“It is an honor to join other members of the Iron Dukes team representing Duke University and Duke athletics,” said Coffman. “Funds awarded by Duke alumni, parents and friends have had a tremendous impact on Duke student-athletes, giving them the opportunity to compete at the highest level both academically and academically. exercise and sports, and learn life skills that will serve them long after graduating from Duke Being a part of everything that is so special to my wife, Debby, and their two sons me and I. We will continue to follow the Blue Devils with great care and enthusiasm.”

Principally responsible for coordinating fundraising for the entire Duke Athletics Department, Coffman manages the Iron Dukes Annual Fund, major giveaways, key giveaways, and varsity clubs for specific athletic programs and recreational sports on campus.

Under Coffman’s supervision, Duke achieved unparalleled success in fundraising. During his remarkable tenure, Duke raised a total of more than $500 million and secured the seven largest financial commitments in Duke Athletics history. Coffman was recognized for his fundraising efforts in 2013 when he was named “Fundraiser of the Year” by the National Association of Sports Development Directors.

From 2012-2017, Coffman directed Duke’s ambitious and transformative Building Champions Campaign, which exceeded its $250 million goal by raising $341 million. The campaign has three main goals, in terms of operations, facilities, and resources, and goes beyond all three.

“During my tenure at Duke, Tom Coffman proved to be an instrumental leader, a great colleague, and an incredible fundraiser with a genuine passion for student-athletes,” said Duke Vice President and Athletic Director Nina King. “His belief in the value of creating and cultivating relationships has helped us reach new heights in philanthropy and for that we will forever be grateful. We pray for it. Wishing him and Debby all the best in retirement.”

As Deputy Director of Athletics, Coffman is a member of King’s executive committee, responsible for the day-to-day running of the division. In addition to Durham, he served as Chairman of the ACC Development Directors group from 2012-13 and Chairman of the ACC Men’s Tennis Committee from 2014-2016.

After more than 15 years at universities, Coffman joined the Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation in 1992 as Executive Vice President and CEO before being appointed President and Director. operating in 1997. In this capacity, Coffman led fundraising efforts for major gifts while directing the organization’s $100 million Anniversary Campaign. Upon leaving the Foundation in 2001 to help build hospitals for disabled children in East Africa, Coffman was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

A 1974 graduate from Heidelberg College, Coffman is a past president of both Cure International (2000-02) and the Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation (1997-2000). His experience at the undergraduate level stems from jobs at Tiffin University (athletic director and male dean from 1974-78 & 1980-81 and director of development and alumni relations from 1981- 82), Albion College (VP of Institutional Advancement from 1986-1988; also served in other positions from 1982-86) and the University of Missouri-Rolla (Vice-Chancellor for College Progress from 1988-92).

Born in Greenville, Ohio, Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Heidelberg College in 1974, and later received a master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University in 1976. Coffman is revered. in the Heidelberg College Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Tiffin University Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Coffman lives in Durham with his wife, Debby. They are the proud parents of twin sons, Jon and Ben.

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