Tom Schott oversees the athletics department communications area, including media relations, social media and the website. He started at Purdue as a graduate intern in July of 1990 and subsequently was promoted to assistant sports information director (1991), associate sports information director (1995), sports information director (2000), interim assistant athletics director (2006), assistant athletics director (2007), associate athletics director (2011) and senior associate athletics director (2014).
Schott served as the primary communications/sports information contact for football from 1998 to 2009 and continues to work closely with the program. He has worked 210 consecutive games through the 2014 season, accompanied the Boilermakers to 11 bowl games, and promoted two consensus All-Americans - punter Travis Dorsch in 2001 and wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield in 2004 - as well as Maxwell Award winner Drew Brees and John Mackey Award winner Tim Stratton in 2000. Schott was featured on ESPN for his Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Kyle Orton in 2004. He coined the term Den of Defensive Ends in 2004, as well, in recognition of the Boilermakers' tradition at the position.
In 2007, Schott was recipient of the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding SID Award from the All-American Football Foundation. He was honored with the Helping Hand Award by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 2008.
Schott is author of the "Purdue University Football Vault: The History of the Boilermakers," published in 2008, and co-author of "Tales From Boilermaker Country," published in 2003.
Schott was a member of the host committee media relations staff for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. He regularly serves as press conference moderator of the Big Ten Football Championship Game and Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament and was chair of the conference communications/sports information directors during the 2000-01 and 2012-13 school years.
Previously at Purdue, Schott worked with cross country, track & field, and wrestling (1990-91); volleyball (1991-97); and women's basketball (1991-99). He was honored as one of the nation's top five women's basketball sports information directors by the "Women's Basketball Journal" in 1999. Since 2000, Schott has done radio play-by-play for Boilermaker softball.
Schott is volunteer vice president of the Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes amateur football.
Schott graduated cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was the student assistant sports information director at Ohio Wesleyan for four years and also wrote for the "Delaware (Ohio) Gazette." Schott interned with the St. Louis Cardinals' media and public relations department during the summers of 1988 and 1989 and was a sportswriter for the "Suburban Newspapers of St. Louis" during the summer of 1987. He got his start in sports journalism at the age of 12 when he co-founded his own magazine called "The Redbird Chirps."
A native of St. Louis, Schott is a member of CoSIDA and the Football Writers Association of America. He has won numerous publication and writing awards. An avid Major League Baseball fan, Schott co-authored "The Giants Encyclopedia," a history of the New York and San Francisco Giants franchise, published in 1999, and "The Giants Encyclopedia: Second Edition," published in 2003. He has been a regular contributing writer for the St. Louis Cardinals' media guide and Gameday Magazine and served on the media relations staffs for the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the 2013 World Series in his hometown.
Tom is married to former Purdue women's basketball player Jane Calhoun (1988-92). The couple has two sons, August and Sam. Tom is a member of the West Lafayette Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, and he has traveled to all 50 United States. He is an Eagle Scout.