Director, Brand Advancement
Jimmy Burrow plays a key role in advancing the mission of Pro Volleyball Federation as the League’s Director, Brand Advancement. In his role, Jimmy utilizes his extensive network of relationships culled from his more than 40 years in the sports industry to attract to the League investors, team owners, key league and team staff members, vendors, and other strategic partners and relationships.
Jimmy spent nearly four decades as a football coach, including stops on the college level at Washington State, Iowa State, Nebraska, North Dakota State, and Ohio University, where he spent the last 14 years of his career as a defensive coordinator for the Bobcats. He also coached professionally in the Arena Football League in the 1990s, where he struck up a friendship with Pro Volleyball Federation founder Dave Whinham.
As a player, Jimmy was a second-team All-Big Eight defensive back at Nebraska, prompting the Green Bay Packers to choose him in the eighth round of the 1976 NFL Draft. An Academic All-Big Eight selection, Jimmy helped the Cornhuskers to the 1975 league title.
Jimmy went on to play five years in the Canadian Football League. He was a member of the Montreal Alouettes from 1977-79, helping the squad to three Grey Cup finals, including the 1977 title. He was a CFL Eastern Conference All-Star in 1978 and 1979. Jimmy finished the 1980 season with the Calgary Stampeders, and played the 1981 season with the Ottawa Rough Riders. A native of Amory, Miss., Jimmy graduated with a bachelor’s of science in education from Nebraska in 1976, and he earned a master’s in education from Washington State in 1981.
Jimmy’s sons Jamie, Dan, and Joe all followed in his footsteps, with Jamie and Dan also playing at Nebraska, while Joe went on to become a second-generation Burrow to see his name called on in the NFL Draft.