UW's Burke to be Honored by the All-American Football Foundation

Dec. 18, 2007


University of Wyoming Deputy Athletics Director Barbara Burke will be honored on Thursday, Dec. 20 by the All-American Football Foundation at its 89th Banquet of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev.

Burke will be one of 21 individuals in the nation to be honored at this year's banquet. She is being honored as the Outstanding Senior Associate Athletic Director-Senior Women's Administrator.

The banquet is sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort Hotel, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., Pacific Time on Thursday.

"It's an honor to be recognized with so many outstanding people from across the country," said Burke. "I really appreciate the work that the All-American Football Foundation does and the impact it has on intercollegiate athletics."

Burke is in her 10th year at Wyoming. She has served as the department's Senior Women's Administrator since arriving at UW in 1998. In 2001, she was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director, and is currently in her third year as Deputy Athletics Director. In her position as Deputy Athletics Director, Burke oversees all internal operations of the UW Athletics Department, as well as directly supervises game management for football and men's and women's basketball.

On a national level, Burke recently completed a two-year term on the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Selection Committee in the spring of 2007. She has also served on numerous Mountain West Conference committees during her time at UW.

A 1980 graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, Burke was elected a captain of the 1980 Western Michigan basketball team and 1979 and `80 softball teams. The 1980 softball team participated in the Women's College World Series. Burke was inducted into the Western Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

She later completed her master's degree in education/administration of athletics from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1984.

During her 14-year career as an administrator in college athletics, Burke has served in administrative roles at Marshall University (1994-97), UTEP (1997-98) and Wyoming (1998-Present). She was the Interim Athletics Director at UTEP during the spring of 1998.

Prior to entering a career in administration, she was a college basketball and softball coach for 14 years.

Among the other individuals to be honored at this year's 89th All-American Football Foundation Banquet of Champions will be: Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Executive Director of the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl; and Bret Gilliland, Deputy Commissioner of the Mountain West Conference.