WASHINGTON, D.C. – During this time of season where we are thankful for things the Gallaudet University athletics department wants to thank and recognize four individuals who celebrated special anniversaries this past fall for their dedicated time serving Kendall Green. Athletic Director Michael Weinstock was recognized for his 30 years of service, Facility and Equipment Manager Kris Gould celebrated his 25th year while Coordinator of Athletic Operations and Senior Woman Administrator Anna Hall and Assistant Athletic Director and Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Lynn Ray Boren were recognized for their 15 years of work.
Weinstock has been the Athletic Director at Gallaudet for six years. Before that, he 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.
“I feel like I just started yesterday,” said Weinstock. “Gallaudet is a great place to work. The community, the athletic staff and the students are wonderful, and they truly make my job enjoyable. I hope to stay here for a long time!”
Hall 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 her current position as Coordinator of Athletics Operations in January 2012.
“It has been a great 15 years,” said Hall. “I hope there are many more to come.”
Boren’s career at Gallaudet began with 12 years of coaching volleyball at MSSD, including nine years as head coach. He has been the head coach of Gallaudet women’s volleyball program for eight years, in which time he has earned multiple conference championships and five NCAA tournament appearances. In September 2010, he became the Assistant Athletic Director for the Bison. Boren earned his bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet in 1996.
“I am thankful to have great support people who have influenced my life at Gallaudet University. I have been here since 1989 as student and staff. There's no place like home at Gallaudet and I am looking forward to seeing my 30-year anniversary in another 15 years,” said Boren.
Gould’s job with Gallaudet requires him to be a jack-of-all-trades, and he can often be found behind the scenes at any athletics-related event. Gould, a proud graduate of Gallaudet where he was a star baseball player, has contributed in many different positions over the years for GU athletics. He has been the head baseball coach and a longtime assistant for many more years.
Gould is well known for his unrivaled work ethic, but his love for the Buff and Blue is easily matched by the students’ love for him. “We can not thank him enough for his hard work and dedication to making everything better in the athletic department,” said Bison baseball player junior Casey Hicks. “We really appreciate all of Kris’ work!”
But Gould simply enjoys working hard for his alma mater.
“It just feels good to put in a full day’s work,” he said. “Like I always say, just get the job done.”
The core four has helped the athletic program grow and prosper over the years.
“Each one of them is a hard worker and very dedicated to the University. They have worked many, many hours here, yet they never complain,” said Weinstock. “We are very fortunate to have had them here all these years.”