Stern was named the Faculty Athletics Representative for Athletics in May 2017. He is an instructor in the Department of Government and Public Affairs here at Gallaudet.
Stern was the 2014-15 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year as he led the Bison to an 18-7 record and 14-4 conference mark in his third season at the helm. The team set a new school record for wins (18), conference wins (14) and broke a 98-year-old record for consecutive wins in a season with 10. Stern guided the team to their first NEAC playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season as the No. 2 seed in the South Division. GU went 8-1 on the road and was one of the top defenses in Division III. GU had a 12-win improvement from last year's 6-19 record.
In three seasons as the men’s basketball head coach he compiled a 34-41 (.453) record and posted a 25-25 (.500) mark in NEAC play. Prior to being named the GU men’s basketball head coach he guided the women’s basketball program to an 8-16 record, 6-12 NEAC. The Gallaudet graduate (Class of 2006) served as a men’s basketball assistant coach for three years (2008-11). Stern has been teaching American Politics at Gallaudet for nearly a decade. Stern also served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Advisor and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics during his time in the Athletics Department.
Stern, who is deaf, played four years for the Bison men's basketball program where he started three seasons and was a three-time captain. He graduated summa cum laude from GU in 2006 and since then has earned master degrees from American University and Catholic University of America. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in American Politics at CUA. Stern has also been teaching American Politics at Gallaudet University for the past seven years.
The California native started playing basketball in a hearing Catholic Youth League while attending California School for the Deaf in Fremont. He then transferred to University High School, a large public high school in California, where he was the only deaf player on the team. He donned the USA jersey in the 2005 Deaflympics in Australia where they captured gold. Stern was also an assistant coach for the USA men's team who competed at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Stern resides in the Brookland neighborhood in Washington, D.C., with Dana Sipek and their daughter, Mahalia.