After 16 years as Sports Information Director and Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Georgia College & State University, Al Weston departs to take a new role in University Communications as Director of Marketing & Publications, effective June 1.
“My time in GCSU Athletics has been wonderful,” Weston said. “The relationships made with student workers, coaches, staff and student-athletes have incredible value to me. At the same time, I’m thrilled for this next chapter, telling the story of this great university on a wider scale.”
The GCSU Sports Information office, in which Weston is the lone full-time employee, was named Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Sports Information Staff of the Year for 2014-15.
“Al Weston’s dedication to our university, our department, our staff and most of all to our student-athletes, has been phenomenal,” said GCSU Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “We will miss him dearly, but we are thrilled that he will be staying at GCSU crafting more fantastic communications about the great things happening at the university. He has been outstanding in every way and as Director of Athletics, he has provided me wise counsel and he personifies dependability.”
“He is a highly-respected veteran in an industry that works around the clock and changes at a rapid pace. From website design to our social media presence, to the development of the Bobcat Broadcast Network, Al has kept our department on the cutting edge in telling the wonderful stories of our student-athletes.”
“On any given day, he serves as Public Address announcer, gameday broadcaster, in-game entertainment, statistician, post-game interviewer, post-game recap writer, photographer, part of the set-up and breakdown of the facility at virtually every contest, and a myriad of things in between that no one else would see. All of this starts several hours before each contest and ends several hours after each contest. If something needed to get done, Al took care of it before anyone knew it needed to get done and he did it with a smile on his face. The gameday was seamless due to his efforts and leadership. On behalf of all of our past and present student-athletes and staff, please accept our most gracious thanks and all of our best wishes moving forward. Thank you, Al Weston!”
Under Weston’s guidance over his 16 seasons, Bobcat Athletics has launched numerous designs of the athletic web site at GCBobcats.com, has developed a top-tier social media influence through all formats, and has been a leader in live streaming of all home athletic events with HD quality graphics and video. He has also helped promote the launch of the school’s 11th varsity sport, as Volleyball was added in 2013.
Bobcat Athletics will undergo a national search for the next leader of athletic communications.