Samantha Burmeister is currently in her second year as the Assistant Director of Athletics at Finger Lakes Community College. Prior to Finger Lakes, Burmeister was the Assistant Athletics Director for Athletics Communication / Sports Information at Wilson College for two years. At Wilson she was responsible for the promotion of the College’s ten athletic teams and the publication of the achievements of the Wilson College athletic programs. Additionally, she oversaw and managed the Wilson College Athletics webpage, a newly created independent website powered by SIDEARM sports.
Prior to Wilson, Burmeister spent three years as the Sports Information Director/Head Softball Coach, Senior Woman Administrator at MacMurray College, located in Jacksonville, Illinois. During her tenure at MacMurray, she publicized and promoted MacMurray College’s ten athletic teams, including football, recognizing the varsity team’s accomplishments and achievements. Additionally, Burmeister gained knowledge regarding NCAA compliance issues as she served as the athletic department’s SWA.
Burmeister gained valuable experience in sports production as she completed an internship with WGN-TV studios in Chicago, Illinois as a sports production assistant (2008). At WGN she collaborated and assisted with directors/producers/ on-air talent during home Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks games. Additionally she created on air taping with WGN studios and served as a production assistant to additional WGN America Productions. Burmeister also gained valuable experience in live journalism as a newsroom assistant at WESH 2 News located in Winter Park, Florida, where she wrote scripts and news rundowns in collaboration with news producers for on air newscasts. She also constructed video footage by combining relevant news segments for live newscasts.
Additionally, she served as an assistant in the radio booth for the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida (2006-2007). During her time in the radio booth Burmeister collected and analyzed relevant baseball statistical data as well as assisted in pre-game and post-game booth set up and anticipated needs of major league baseball radio broadcasters.
Burmeister also served as the assistant softball coach at Wilson College. As the head softball coach at MacMurray, Burmeister doubled the softball roster size from 2011 (10 players) to 2012 (20 players) and more than tripled the win total from 2011 season to 2012 season. Additionally during her time at MacMurray, softball student-athletes received the highest number of academic all-conference awards. Burmeister also held a coaching stint as the associate varsity softball coach at Gordon Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois from 2008-2010.
Burmeister received her B.A. in communication studies from Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. While at Elmhurst, she wrote weekly sports articles for the college newspaper The Leader and was a four year student employee in the Office of Sport Information at Elmhurst. She received her M.A. in communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield and also served as an adjunct communication instructor at Wilson College.
Burmeister resides in Canandaigua.