Burgin, a native of Long Island New York came to the area after graduating from SUNY Delhi College in 1979. She completed a Bachelors degree in 1982 and Masters degree in 1988 from SUNY Oneonta College. Burgin began coaching diving in 1999. She was trained under the guidance of Gary Zurn and has attended clinics with Dr. Ron O'Brien, John Wingfield, Ronn Jenkins, and Dick Kimball.
Burgin is the head diving coach at SUNY Delhi College and Hartwick College. Burgin coached two divers for SUNY Delhi to All American status in 2001. Burgin also coached a Hartwick male diver that broke all of the school records on both the one and three meter boards in 2004. For the first time in Hartwick College diving history, Burgin co-coached three male divers into the top seven at UNYSSA Conference Championships on both boards in 2004. Burgin was named Diving Coach of the meet and coached the male diver of the meet at the UNYSSA Conference Championships in 2004. She also co-coached a diver to All American status at the 2004 NCAA Division III Men's National Diving Championships.
She has been the head diving coach of the Dynamic Divers Dive Club since 2000. Burgin has run six US Diving Invitational Meets from 2000 - 2004. She assisted in running the Southern New York Diving Association 2003 Championship meet.
She coached a female diver to first place at High School Sectionals in 2004 and 2005. She has served as a judge at the NCAA Division III Men's Diving Championships and the 2004 Empire State Games.