WASHINGTON - Victor Mansure has been named athletic director at Gallaudet University. Mansure will take the reins from Michael Weinstock, who is retiring after 36 years at Gallaudet and 11 years as athletic director.
Mansure, 35, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up with a deaf aunt led him to a lifelong commitment to and passion for the deaf community. After a career as a professional basketball player, he coached the Quebec and Canadian deaf men's national basketball teams from 2009 to 2014, leading the team to four regional and world competitions. He also served as Secretary-General of the Deaf International Basketball Federation from 2010 to 2014. Mansure knows five languages: American Sign Language, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
Mansure has 18 years of international basketball experience as a player, coach, and manager in Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico. He played basketball with the under-16 Brazilian national team, and in the National League of Brazil, with four different clubs in six years. He also played for one season at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was development coordinator for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association from 2011 to 2013. Since 2015, he has been Executive Director Assistant for FIBA Americas, the International Basketball Federation, based in Miami, Florida. He served as basketball coordinator for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Mansure earned a bachelor's degree in physical and health education from McGill University in 2010. He also holds certifications in sports administration fundamentals from the International Olympic Committee (2014), sports administration from Sports Management Worldwide (2017), and sports industry essentials from Columbia University (2018). He is currently studying for his master's degree in business administration at the University of the People.
In announcing Mansure's appointment, A. Dwight Benedict, Dean of Student Affairs, said, "We are delighted to welcome Victor Mansure as our new athletic director. He has shown a principled commitment to the deaf community, and brings substantial global experience to his new role. He has large shoes to fill, but with the support of our community, he will lead us well. I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Dr. Caroline Solomon of the Department of Science, Technology and Mathematics. Many members of the university community attended the candidate presentations in April and provided thoughtful feedback. I thank them as well."
Mansure, in accepting his new role, said, "I am honored to join Gallaudet's outstanding athletics program. I want to thank the search committee and the Bison community for their trust in me. With my background in deaf sports and international competition, I look forward to keeping our community proud, and engaging our students, faculty, staff and alumni through our existing programs and new projects. We want to work together and support each other, as a team.
"The intercollegiate and intramural programs play a major role in the education of our students, helping them grow and learn while developing their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. We will compete passionately and have lots of fun. One of our priorities will be to provide equal opportunities and inclusion. Our doors are always open for those who want to participate and experience Bison athletics."
As athletic director, Mansure will lead the university's NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics program, which consists of seven men's and seven women's varsity sports teams, fall and winter sports cheer teams, and a thriving intramural program. He will supervise four associate and assistant athletic directors, 11 full-time coaches and 33 part-time coaches and graduate assistants, five strength and conditioning staff and interns, four athletic training staff, and a large number of student employees and interns. Mansure also will oversee the university's athletic facilities, including the field house and the baseball, softball, football, soccer, and track and field venues.
Gallaudet plays football in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and all other sports in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Mansure will begin his duties as athletic director on August 6, and will be formally introduced to the university community after school resumes in late August.
- This announcement is available in American Sign Language at https://youtu.be/e7eh0RtUTXM.
- University Press Release
About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.