WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s basketball head coach Brendan Stern has resigned to accept a full-time tenure-track position here with the Department of Government and Public Affairs this fall as announced by Athletic Director Michael Weinstock.
"I truly appreciate what Brendan did for the men’s basketball program, he built a strong foundation and the future looks very bright with a good group of young players," said Weinstock. "We wish him the best with his new career."
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 the best interests of my family and my career goals, I have resigned from my head coach position to accept a full-time tenure-track position with the Department of Government and Public Affairs at Gallaudet this fall," said Stern. "Because of my cherished relationships with my players, our record-breaking 2014-15 season and the tremendous anticipation of the upcoming season, it was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make. However, with a two-year-old daughter and a newborn son, the time is right to pursue my personal and professional interests outside of basketball and give my loved ones my full attention and energy."
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 the past seven years. Stern also served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Advisor for several years before being named Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics.
"I am proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure as head coach," added Stern. "With an extraordinary group of returning players and incoming recruits, great things await the men’s basketball program. As a lifelong fan of Gallaudet athletics, I look forward to joining you all in rooting from the stands this year and beyond."