Coffman announces his retirement from Duke Athletics


DURHAM – After a Duke career that spanned over 15 years, Tom coffman will be retiring from his post of deputy director of athletics for philanthropy at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

“It has been an honor to join other members of the Iron Dukes team to represent Duke University and Duke Athletics,” said Coffman. “The funds donated by Duke alumni, parents and friends, have had an immeasurable impact on Duke student-athletes, giving them the opportunity to compete at the highest level both academically and athletically, while gaining life skills that will serve them long after graduation. by Duke. To be a part of everything that has been extra special for my wife Debby, our two sons and me. We will continue to follow the Blue Devils with great interest and enthusiasm. “

Primarily responsible for coordinating fundraising for the entire Duke athletic department, Coffman manages the annual Iron Dukes fund, major gifts, major gifts, varsity club for each specific athletic program and campus recreation and club sports.

Under Coffman’s leadership, Duke has enjoyed unprecedented success in fundraising. During his remarkable tenure, Duke raised funds totaling over $ 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 Athletic Development Directors.

From 2012 to 2017, Coffman led Duke’s ambitious and transformative Building Champions campaign, which surpassed the goal of $ 250 million by raising $ 341 million. The campaign had three main goals, for operations, facilities and staffing, and exceeded all three goals.

“During his tenure at Duke, Tom coffman has proven to be a defining leader, great colleague and incredible fundraiser with a genuine passion for the student-athlete experience, ”said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King. “His belief in the value of building and nurturing relationships has taken us to new heights in philanthropy, and we will be eternally grateful to him for it. We wish him and Debby a successful retirement. “

As deputy director of sports, Coffman is a member of King’s executive committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the department. Outside of Durham, he served as Chair of the CCA Development Directors Group from 2012 to 2013 and Chair of the CCA Men’s Tennis Committee from 2014 to 2016.

After more than 15 years on college campuses, Coffman joined the Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education in 1992 as Executive Vice President and CEO before being appointed President and CEO in 1997 In this capacity, Coffman guided the fundraising efforts for major gifts while leading the organization’s $ 100 million anniversary campaign. After leaving the Foundation in 2001 to help build hospitals for children with disabilities in East Africa, Coffman was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

A 1974 graduate from Heidelberg College, Coffman is a past president of Cure International (2000-02) and the Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation (1997-2000). His college experience stems from stints at Tiffin University (director of athletics and dean of men from 1974-78 and 1980-81 and director of alumni relations and development from 1981-82), Albion College (vice- President for Institutional Advancement 1986-88; also held other positions 1982-86) and the University of Missouri-Rolla (Vice-Chancellor for Academic Advancement 1988-92).

A native of Greenville, Ohio, Coffman received a BS in Psychology from Heidelberg College in 1974, followed by an MA in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1976. Coffman was enrolled in the Heidelberg College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Tiffin University Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

Coffman resides in Durham with his wife, Debby. They are the proud parents of twins, Jon and Ben.



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