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Bison athletic staffers receive University Service Awards

Members of the Gallaudet Athletic staff with their University service awards. Pictured left to right: Lynn Ray Boren, Justen Burns, Stephanie Stevens, Anna Hall and Michael Weinstock.

WASHINGTON - A quintet of Gallaudet University Athletic Department staffers were recently recognized by the University for reaching a special work anniversary for their dedicated years of service. Athletic Director Michael Weinstock was recognized for his 35 years of service, Coordinator of Athletic Operations/Senior Woman Administrator Anna Hall and Assistant Athletic Director and Women's Volleyball Head Coach Lynn Ray Boren were celebrated for 20 years of service, Softball Head Coach/Intramurals Coordinator Justen Burns was honored for 10 years while Women's Basketball Head Coach/Health and Wellness Liaison Stephanie Stevens received her five-year service award. The group has a combined 90 years of service to Gallaudet University.

Weinstock is entering his 11th year as Gallaudet's Athletic Director and has overseen the rise of Bison athletics in the past decade. Weinstock guided GU through joining the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2010-11 and has seen his teams win over a dozen conference championships and make nine NCAA Division III tournament appearances in the process. He has helped to overhaul Gallaudet's athletic facilities with the installment of new turf fields on three fields, an updated track and field venue, new bleachers, locker rooms, team meeting spaces, conference room, athletic training offices and work space, fitness complex updates, a new home for the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame and many other improvements that have made an impact with recruiting and retention. Weinstock has also expanded the Athletics Department work force from two full-time coaches to 11 full-time coaches and from one full-time athletic trainer to four full-time athletic trainers, which has made an immediate impact with student-athlete academic success and recruiting of future Gallaudet students.

"I am so honored and thankful for these individuals and their service to Gallaudet University over the years," said Weinstock. "Working with these individuals and our entire athletics staff makes working here so rewarding. It is hard to believe that I have been here for 35 years as an employee. There are so many great memories and achievements I have experienced here and I am thankful for that," said Weinstock.

Weinstock spent 25 years at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD), serving for 12 years as Assistant Athletics Director and Intramurals Coordinator, then 11 more as Director of Athletics, P.E., Recreation, and Intramural Programs. Weinstock attended MSSD as a student, and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Gallaudet in 1981 and 1994, respectively.

Hall has been the Athletic Department's Senior Woman Administrator for nearly a decade and was promoted to Coordinator of Athletic Operations three years ago. She graduated from Gallaudet with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1983. After some time away, she returned to work in the athletics department at MSSD. Hall then moved over to Gallaudet, where she served as GU’s Athletic Operations Specialist for five years, before earning a promotion to Coordinator of Athletics Operations in January 2012. Recently, she has been the department's point person on helping to coordinate community service acts done by the Bison teams.

"It is great to work with a great staff but for me it all comes back to the students. It is so exciting to see the success our student-athletes achieve through sports and their success in the classroom," said Hall.

Boren enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Gallaudet women's volleyball program. He entered this season with 293 career wins and has led the Bison to eight NCAA tournament appearances and seven straight NEAC championships. He has served as an Assistant Athletic Director for the past eight years. He was named NEAC Coach of the Year in 2012 as the program has earned 26 all-conference honors since 2010. Prior to coaching the GU volleyball program, Boren spent 12 years coaching at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, including nine years as head coach where he won 217 games and four national championships. Boren graduated from Gallaudet with a bachelor's degree in 1996 and received his master's degree from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in 1999. Boren has received two distinctive awards from two of his Alma Maters. He was selected to be inducted into the Texas School for the Deaf Alumni Association Hall of Fame and receive the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award presented by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association.

"Gallaudet's Athletic Department is a great place to work with a great support system which I really enjoy the most," said Boren.

Burns has been a member of the Gallaudet community for over a decade. He graduate from Gallaudet in 1998 and earned a master's degree in 2006. He worked at MSSD as Residence Education Manager for over nine years. He just completed his first year as the head coach of the Gallaudet softball program where the team won 16 games and seven NEAC games, the most since 2011. Burns coached two all-conference honorees last season. Prior to that he served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Burns coached softball at Model Secondary School for the Deaf for seven seasons and won three National Deaf Prep Championships (2003, ’05, ’06) and at the California School for the Deaf-Fremont for six seasons (2009-14) and won two National Deaf Prep Championships (2009, ’13). He was named National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA) Coach of the Year  two times (2006, ’13). He also spent time coaching Kendall Demonstration Elementary School softball (1999).

"Words are not enough to show appreciation to MSSD Student Life, who has given so much of their time and cooperation to shape my career for nine and a half years. I am always eager to work harder to excel in my career and I am so excited to work, now, in the Gallaudet Athletics Department," said Burns.

Stevens will begin her sixth season as head coach of the Gallaudet women's basketball program this fall. In five seasons, she has compiled 54 wins, 45 NEAC wins, advanced to the NEAC tournament three times and reached the semifinals twice. Under her guidance the program has earned four All-NEAC honors and two All-Region selections. Stevens is very active with Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) where she was named to its Diversity and Inclusion Committee last October. In March 2016, she was named to WBCA's Thirty Under 30 and she also completed a Marine Corps Coaches Workshop in the summer of 2016. Most recently, she went to Spain with two Gallaudet student-athletes as part of the Beyond Sports Tour group. Stevens graduated from University of Cincinnati in 2010 with a B.S. in Special Education. She earned her Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) in May 2015.

 "I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful individuals these last five years! It's an honor to serve and empower our student-athletes every day," said Stevens.