Weston Named 2013 Naismith Women's Official of the Year

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced that Marcy Weston have been named the 2013 Naismith Women’s College Officials of the Year award winner.  First awarded in 1988, the award recognizes individuals who display character, integrity and dignity and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of college basketball. Tom Eades was the men’s basketball honoree.

Weston will be honored during halftime of CMU’s women’s basketball game against Dayton, her alma mater. That game is set for Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

 “I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the Naismith Award,” Weston said. “To be in the company of previous Naismith recipients, who I know and respect, further enhances this honor.  For two-thirds of my life I have been associated with basketball officiating in some way, shape or form.  I’ve loved virtually every minute of that relationship that helped me develop skills I used as a coach and as an administrator.”

Marcy Weston worked as an NCAA women’s college basketball official from 1964 through 1984 and has even called two National Championship Games.  In 1982, Weston officiated for the first ever NCAA women’s championship game; that game Louisiana Tech defeated Cheyney.  Again, in 1984, Weston was an official when the University of Southern California triumphed over Tennessee to win their second championship in back-to-back years.  Though Weston has accumulated an impressive resume as an official, she has done much more for college basketball and women’s athletics as a whole.

“I want to congratulate Marcy on receiving this tremendous recognition and I know our whole University is very proud of her,” CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. “This is another example of her contribution to women’s basketball and all of college athletics. She continues to build on her great legacy here at Central Michigan University."
Before she began her professional career, Weston received a bachelor of science in physical education & health from the University of Dayton and went on to receive her master’s degree, in the same field, from Kent State University.
From 1974 through 1988, Weston found great success as the head volleyball coach for Central Michigan University (CMU).  Before she decided to move on from coaching, she had posted a career record of 426-140 (.752) and won four consecutive Michigan state titles.  In addition to coaching volleyball, Weston also coached women’s basketball from 1974 through 1976 and was a field hockey mentor from 1972-1974.
Although Weston hung up her official’s whistle in 1984, it was in that same year when she became the Supervisor of Women’s Basketball Officials for the Big Ten Conference; she worked in that role until 1988.  In 1985, while working as the supervisor for the women’s officials in the Big Ten, Weston took on more responsibility as the NCAA Women’s Basketball Secretary Rules Editor (serving through 1997).  Through her time in the latter two positions, and having achieved great success as CMU’s volleyball coach, in 1989, Weston was poised to take on the role of CMU’s Associate Director of Athletics.  From her time as an academic through her professional career, Weston had seen and been a part of the progression in women’s athletics, and it was at this point in her career that she had attained a larger platform to be an even greater influence for women’s athletics.
Although Weston had taken on even more responsibility at CMU, she continued to be actively involved with women’s basketball officials.  From 1991 through 2005, she was the NCAA National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officiating.  She worked with the Michigan High School Athletic Association on the officials committee in addition to working with the National Federation of State High Schools and as a liaison for their Basketball Rules Committee.  Weston serves and has served on a number of other committees as well, some of which include: the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Issues Committee, and the USA Basketball Officiating Committee.
Weston’s decades of dedication to officiating, women’s basketball, and women’s athletics as a whole have not gone unnoticed as she has been honored by many respected organizations.  In 1991, The NCAA honored her as the one of the nine major contributors to the first decade of NCAA Women’s Basketball.  The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association bestowed onto her, the Jostens-Berenson Service Award in 1994; that same year the NACWAA named her District V Regional Administrator of the Year.  Referee Magazine named Weston in their list of “Twenty Who Made a Difference in Refereeing.”  Most notably, in the year 2000, Marcy Weston was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Weston is still as dedicated as ever to college athletics, still serving as CMU’s Executive Associate Director of Athletics/Sport Administration.
Residing in Mount Pleasant, Weston enjoys spending her free time traveling, golfing, and being with her friends and family.

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