General Manager, Atlanta Falcons
One of the longest-tenured general managers in the NFL, Thomas Dimitroff has held his post since 2008. A two-time Executive of the Year honoree by Sporting News (2008 & 2010), Dimitroff has been the architect of the most successful run in franchise history. During his tenure, the Falcons have posted a 102-74 regular-season record and the eighth-best winning percentage in the NFL over that span. Atlanta is one of seven teams in the league with 100-or-more wins between 2008-2018.
Over the last four seasons, Dimitroff and Head Coach Dan Quinn have crafted a roster focused on fast, physical, and urgent athletes. This team-building approach spurred the Falcons to playoff wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history, including an NFC title and Super Bowl appearance for the second time in club annals.
Dimitroff is responsible for all aspects of football operations with the Falcons and working with Quinn when constructing the roster. He has final authority over the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the draft, and trades. Dimitroff also handles coordinating other football-related activities with Coach Quinn.
Dimitroff began his scouting career as the Canadian Scouting Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1990. In 1992, he moved on to the World League of American Football, where he scouted all NFL, CFL and World League rosters while tracking player transactions for the NFL’s developmental league.
After his international experience, Dimitroff moved onto the Detroit Lions as a college scout in 1994. From there, Dimitroff made his way back to Cleveland in 1998 as a college scout for the Browns for four years before landing with the Patriots in 2002.
During his five years as the director of college scouting in New England (2003-07), he was responsible for overseeing area scouts who evaluated all the nation’s college prospects while scouting and tracking the development and availability of drafted players. The Patriots had a 77–17 overall record in Dimitroff’s tenure and they won back to back Super Bowls in 2003 (XXXVIII) and 2004 (XXXIX) while making a historic march on a perfect 2007 regular season.
His father was a big influence on his life. Tom Dimitroff was a high school, college, and pro coach turned NFL scout - and a former NFL quarterback for the old Boston Patriots. Other key influences that have helped shape Dimitroff’s philosophy today include former Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Dimitroff captained his college team as a defensive back at the University of Guelph (Canada) from 1987–1989. He was born in Barberton, Ohio, in 1966. Thomas has one son, Mason and one daughter, Aja Neve.