Boasting a variety of experiences in the NBA and major college basketball, Indiana Head Coach Tom Crean has tabbed Brett Burman as the program’s Director of Operations. He joins the Hoosiers after spending a season in a similar role at the University of Tulsa.
“I like to have somebody that can bring a little different perspective to it whether it’s a former player, whether it’s somebody that’s been in the NBA level and he has a great mind for such a young coach,” said Crean. “He has a tremendous background in scouting, in video and the inner workings of an office and what goes on inside. I think he’s going to be a fantastic coach as time goes on, and I think he’s going to bring a lot insight to our office and will be a big asset.”
Burman, a Miami, Fla., native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin, spent two years with the Detroit Pistons’ coaching staff. He also worked as the video coordinator at Hofstra University, served as a graduate assistant at the University of Miami, and has trained prospective NBA players in pre-draft workouts.
“I am truly honored to be able to join Coach Crean’s family and be apart of his staff here at Indiana,” said Burman. “It is a privilege to work for one of the most prestigious programs in our sport and I can’t wait to experience what it means to be a member of Indiana Basketball.”
With the Pistons, he logged film of opponents and constructed video scouting reports, assisted on the court with player development, and assisted Piston players while they participated with the NBA D-League Affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Burman served as the basketball video coordinator at Hofstra during the 2011-12 season, coordinating film breakdown and scouting reports, and preparing scouting videos for opponents. He also facilitated film exchange and self-scouting, and assisted the coaching staff with recruiting, budget and travel planning.
From 2009-11, Burman was a graduate assistant at the University of Miami. He was responsible for video editing and opponent scouting, as well as the offseason player development program. He assisted with basketball operations, including travel, budget and academics.
Burman also spent two summers (2007-08) at the Abunassar Impact Basketball Camp, in Las Vegas, teaching basketball skills to players of all ages as well as working with college players during NBA pre-draft workouts. Burman assisted with player development, pre-draft training, daily operations, travel and scheduling.
Burman received his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin in 2009. He married the former Caroline Underwood this past May.