Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Marcy Weston, one of the iconic names in Central Michigan athletics history, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women Leaders in College Sports.
Weston, who retired in 2015 after a 42-year career at CMU as a coach and administrator, will be presented the award at the Women Leaders National Convention in Dallas on Oct. 9.
She is the second Chippewa after the late coach/administrator and pioneer Fran Koenig to receive the prestigious honor.
"Fran Koenig received this award and I was honored to have been there for that," said Weston, for whom the Central Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame is named. "She was my friend and mentor; she hired me in 1972 and supported me in all that I did at CMU and beyond. It is heartwarming and I am tremendously honored to receive the same award that Fran did so many years ago."
Weston started at CMU as the field hockey coach and women's physical education instructor in 1972 and went on to coach women's basketball and volleyball before moving into administration in 1989, succeeding Koenig as Senior Associate Athletics Director.
Weston served as Executive Associate Athletic Director from 2011-15 and returned in early 2017 as the interim Director of Athletics.
"We are so proud of Marcy for this well-deserved lifetime achievement award," said Cristy Freese, who succeeded Weston as Executive Associate Athletic Director upon Weston's retirement. "Marcy spent her career at CMU dedicated to our student-athletes, and she provided our coaches and administrators with great mentorship and leadership. Whether at CMU, in the Mid-American Conference or nationally, Marcy has been an important part of the growth of women's athletics."
In addition to her work at CMU, Weston was a pioneer in officiating. In 1982, the NCAA hosted its first women's basketball national championship game and, as the lone woman on the officiating crew, Weston became the first female to referee an NCAA basketball championship game. She also officiated the 1984 title game.
In addition, Weston received the Gold Whistle Award for her contributions to officiating; she served on the first women's NCAA basketball rules committee; and was the NCAA national coordinator of officiating for 21 years.
In 1991 she was recognized by the NCAA as one of nine significant contributors to the first decade of NCAA women's basketball alongside legends Pat Summitt and Cheryl Miller.
Weston, a native of suburban Detroit's Westland, was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. She is also a member of the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.
"I have the deepest respect and admiration for so many of the women, like Fran, who have received this award before me," said Weston, who will be introduced at the award presentation by one of her former players and protégés, Marie Tuite, who is now the Director of Athletics at San Jose State.
"I'm am forever thankful to have had the opportunities that Central gave me. I was able to do a number of things, like be a national coordinator of officials, that I could never have done without the support and encouragement of the administrators under whom I worked. I was always permitted to expand myself and to contribute, and for that I'm grateful to Central.
"It's very humbling. There are a lot of very, very good people in our profession and to be in their company it's a tremendous, tremendous honor."