Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Athletic Hall of Fame

Tom Bergman

Bergman became SWOSU’s first-ever, two-time NAIA All-American when he received first-team football honors in both 1974 and 1975. The Blanchard native originally began his college career as a basketball player at Seminole State Junior College. He then joined Coach Otis Delaporte at SWOSU and was a star for four seasons with the Bulldog football team.

Bergman, who played at 250 pounds, may have not been the most gifted but no one questioned his toughness or his heart. His spirit was never more evident in his final collegiate game when a rash of injuries forced him to play both offensive center and defensive tackle, and as deep snapper against Central State. Bergman left the field just four times that day, each on kickoffs. He was on the field approximately 140 plays, each of which was in the trenches of the line.

He signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, but opted to return back to school and finish his degree which he completed in 1976.

Bergman’s first job remains the job he has today. He has been at Weatherford High School as a coach and teacher for 31 years. He is an assistant in football and head coach for the Eagles golf program. He helped coach Weatherford’s state championship football teams in 1991, 1992 and 1996 and also was the head golf coach of the 1995 state championship team.

He and his wife, Robin, have two adult children, Ryan and Sarah, both of which are attended school at Southwestern. He has one grandson, John Thomas.