WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Athletic Director Michael Weinstock, ’81 & G-’94, has announced he will retire from his post on August 3, 2018.
This is Weinstock’s 36th year as a staff member at Gallaudet after working at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf for over 25 years prior to taking the AD job at Gallaudet in July 2007.
Weinstock guided the Gallaudet athletics department through an era of transformation during his 11-year tenure.
"I want to personally thank Michael for his dedicated service to the Gallaudet community for the past three decades. His loyalty and work to transform Gallaudet athletics, over the past 11 years, is evident and we all should be proud of where the Bison program currently stands," said Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano. "We wish Michael a happy and restful retirement with his wife, Janet, and hope to see them in the stands rooting on the Bison student-athletes for the years to come."
Weinstock left his mark early on with the re-branding of Bison athletics with a new athletic logo with the help of Jim Ward Design. The GU Bison logo, the flying Bison head over the initials GU, debuted in fall of 2007 and is prominently displayed on all athletic uniforms, apparel and facilities today.
Gallaudet’s athletic department went from five full-time staff members when Weinstock started as AD to 19, which has been instrumental with recruitment, retention, safety and promotion of Gallaudet athletics. Weinstock introduced the use of graduate assistants to help bolster team-coaching staffs and give experience to many deaf and hard of hearing students.
"This has been a tremendous ride for me over the years working at Gallaudet," said Weinstock. "The time has come for me to pass along the torch to the next Athletic Director to guide Bison athletics. I am very proud of everything we have been able to accomplish as an athletics department. We started from the bottom and built things up towards the top and have made a name for ourselves."
Weinstock 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, expanded fitness complex, a new home for the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame and many other improvements that have made an impact with recruiting and retention. Three facilities have been named during Weinstock’s tenure including the Arthur “Art” Kruger Conference Room, Thomas O. Berg Track and most recently Padden Court in the Field House.
Weinstock was instrumental in orchestrating Gallaudet’s long-standing agreement with Under Armour to become the official outfitter of Gallaudet athletics back in October 2011. He also developed the Gallaudet Athletics Council, an advisory council to provide guidance to the athletics department, back in 2010. Weinstock also revised the department’s retired jersey criteria and recognition of those individuals. He was also visionary with the advancement of the athletics department’s transgender policy in 2015 becoming one of the first athletic departments in Division III to implement such a policy.
Under Weinstock’s leadership, Gallaudet athletics found a home for football in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) in 2009 and joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), a year later, in 2010 after being a founding member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
During its time in the NEAC, Gallaudet won 11 combined conference championships in women’s volleyball (7), men’s swimming (3) and women’s swimming (1) to go along with several NEAC regular-season championships. Gallaudet’s football team won the 2013 ECFC championship and became the first GU men’s team in school history to reach the NCAA tournament. Bison athletic teams have made nine NCAA tournament appearances while several individuals made NCAA tournament appearances in track and field.
Gallaudet has garnered hundreds of all-conference and player of the week awards during Weinstock’s tenure to go along with NEAC Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year honors. Plus, Gallaudet’s CoSIDA Academic All-America honors increased from two to 11 along with several other All-American honors for Bison student-athletes.
During Weinstock’s time Gallaudet’s athletic department has reached unparalleled success with garnering national media attention thanks, in part, to its sports information office, which landed Bison student-athletes, coaches and administrators on national news and the front page of prominent newspapers and publications.
"One of the best highlights during my six-year presidency at Gallaudet University was the major surge in Bison athletics," said Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet President emeritus. "Michael Weinstock is to be highly commended for his leadership over the years leading the athletic department. He is mainly responsible for bringing on board outstanding coaches and staff, along with renovating the athletic facilities. It was both a pleasure and joy to have worked closely with Michael. I wish him well in his next chapter of his life."
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.
Weinstock will enjoy retirement with his wife, Janet (Rothenberg) Weinstock, ’78 & G-’81, who retired from Gallaudet in the summer of 2015 after a 34-year career at Kendall Green.
A national search will begin for Weinstock’s replacement this February with the goal of having the new athletic director in place by the summer.
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