DeafDigest Sports – June 30, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— announcement of new Gallaudet athletic director

— another Cason Sherrod write up

— Wimbledon tennis

— deaf volleyball

— deaf rugby

— Texas deaf football prediction

Deaf Sports Collections update
– surprise basketball addition to Deaflympics

DeafSports picture of the day


Gallaudet sports

Victor Mansure named Athletic Director at Gallaudet University

WASHINGTON – Victor Mansure has been named athletic director at Gallaudet
University. Mansure will take the reins from Michael Weinstock, who is
retiring after 36 years at Gallaudet and 11 years as athletic director.

Mansure, 35, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Growing up
with a deaf aunt led him to a lifelong commitment to and passion for the
deaf community. After a career as a professional basketball player, he
coached the Quebec and Canadian deaf men’s national basketball teams from
2009 to 2014, leading the team to four regional and world competitions. He
also served as Secretary-General of the Deaf International Basketball
Federation from 2010 to 2014. Mansure knows five languages: American Sign
Language, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Mansure has 18 years of international basketball experience as a player,
coach, and manager in Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico.
He played basketball with the under-16 Brazilian national team, and in the
National League of Brazil, with four different clubs in six years. He also
played for one season at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He
was development coordinator for the Toronto Raptors of the National
Basketball Association from 2011 to 2013. Since 2015, he has been
Executive Director Assistant for FIBA Americas, the International
Basketball Federation, based in Miami, Florida. He served as basketball
coordinator for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in

Mansure earned a bachelor’s degree in physical and health education from
McGill University in 2010. He also holds certifications in sports
administration fundamentals from the International Olympic Committee
(2014), sports administration from Sports Management Worldwide (2017), and
sports industry essentials from Columbia University (2018). He is
currently studying for his master’s degree in business administration at
the University of the People.

In announcing Mansure’s appointment, A. Dwight Benedict, Dean of Student
Affairs, said, “We are delighted to welcome Victor Mansure as our new
athletic director. He has shown a principled commitment to the deaf
community, and brings substantial global experience to his new role. He
has large shoes to fill, but with the support of our community, he will
lead us well. I want to thank the search committee, chaired by Dr.
Caroline Solomon of the Department of Science, Technology and Mathematics.
Many members of the university community attended the candidate
presentations in April and provided thoughtful feedback. I thank them as

Mansure, in accepting his new role, said, “I am honored to join
Gallaudet’s outstanding athletics program. I want to thank the search
committee and the Bison community for their trust in me. With my
background in deaf sports and international competition, I look forward to
keeping our community proud, and engaging our students, faculty, staff and
alumni through our existing programs and new projects. We want to work
together and support each other, as a team.

“The intercollegiate and intramural programs play a major role in the
education of our students, helping them grow and learn while developing
their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. We will compete
passionately and have lots of fun. One of our priorities will be to
provide equal opportunities and inclusion. Our doors are always open for
those who want to participate and experience Bison athletics.”

As athletic director, Mansure will lead the university’s NCAA Division III
intercollegiate athletics program, which consists of seven men’s and seven
women’s varsity sports teams, fall and winter sports cheer teams, and a
thriving intramural program. He will supervise four associate and
assistant athletic directors, 11 full-time coaches and 33 part-time
coaches and graduate assistants, five strength and conditioning staff and
interns, four athletic training staff, and a large number of student
employees and interns. Mansure also will oversee the university’s athletic
facilities, including the field house and the baseball, softball,
football, soccer, and track and field venues.

Gallaudet plays football in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
(ECFC), and all other sports in the North Eastern Athletic Conference

Mansure will begin his duties as athletic director on August 6, and will
be formally introduced to the university community after school resumes in
late August.


today write up in newspaper on Cason Sherrod

Miami Marlins Prospects: Spotlight on Seventh Round Pick Cason Sherrod

Through his first three Longhorn seasons, Cason Sherrod put up a 5-1
record in 49 relief appearances. He had a 3.34 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 64
2/3 innings, with a 1.314 WHIP.

His efforts paid off in the 2017 draft, when the Kansas City Royals
selected him in the 13th round. Chosen 390th overall, the 6’4″, 204
lb. native of Dallas, Texas had a choice to make.

Unfinished business. Senior season.

Sherrod gave up some bargaining power in the process of returning to
college for his senior season.

Betting on himself only increased Cason’s draft stock. In 25 relief
appearances in 2018, Sherrod was 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and 40
whiffs in 40 2/3 innings. The Miami Marlins selected him in the seventh
round, 207th overall off the draft board.

Sherrod signed for the Miami Marlins at well below his slot value of
$210,200, for just $20,000. As a pitcher, he’s been touching 96MPH since
he was a senior in high school. Sherrod is hearing impaired, but it’s
been addressed according to baseballamerica.com:

In addition to his fastball, which now gets up to 97 MPH, Sherrod boasts a
well-developed slider that’s been described as “nasty.” His
curveball is largely considered unfinished, so he reported to the GCL
Marlins after signing, on June 18th.

Sherrod made his professional debut for GCL one day later, allowing an
unearned run on a hit and a walk over two innings. His next outing
wasn’t as clean. In 2/3 of an inning, he gave up four hits, hit two
batters and walked one. He also struck out two, but all seven baserunners
eventually crossed the plate, blowing up his ERA above 20.

The ERA will come down, in fact it already has. In a 1 2/3 inning
appearance yesterday morning (June 28th), Sherrod whiffed two and didn’t
allow a baserunner.

Sherrod projects as a mid-inning reliever at the major league level, with
a possible shot at setup man. With normal career progression, he may make
an appearance in Miami around 2022.


random deafsports thoughts

the headline screamed:

Mexico shocks U.S. in FIBA World Cup qualifying

it was hearing basketball

USA suffered two embarrassments in Deaflympics
basketball. Long story in 1953 Deaflympics, but
basketball was announced, at the last minute,
as a new Deaflympics sport, catching the
shorthanded Americans off guard. Americans
only had 4 players for the first game, and had
to borrow a tourist to become the 5th player.
Needless to say, the Americans lost.

Second embarrassment was losing 88-85 to
Venezuela in the 2013 Deaflympics championship
game after leading 84-79 with just 28
seconds left.



Wimbledon tennis

Deaf Player Aiming to Play against Federer, Nadal at Wimbledon

 South Korean player Lee Duck-hee, who is deaf and is hoping to qualify
for the main draw at next week’s Wimbledo
“I’m very proud of myself as being the only deaf professional tennis
player in the world at the moment,” the 20-year-old told BBC Sport.

“I feel huge responsibility that my every step as a tennis player will
influence other deaf people. I hope my career could give them a hopeful
message that they could also overcome their disability and make their
dream come true.”

Lee, who observes the way opponents swing for the ball as a way of reading
the game and whose matches have been thrown off course because he has been
confused by officials’ hand signals, reached a career-high ranking of
130 in April 2017.

Now ranked 233, he has come agonisingly close to Grand Slam main draws,
reaching the final round of qualifying at the French Open last month where
he had two match points before losing in a third set tie-break.

This week he takes part in the Wimbledon qualifying event at Roehampton,
where he will need to win three matches to reach the tournament at the All
England Club.

Lee, at the 2014 US Open junior event, made his debut on the professional
ITF Futures Tour at the age of 14


deaf volleyball

The Under-18 USA Deaf Volleyball team might have had the least amount of
preparation of any team in the competition. The players assembled in
Arizona on Monday to hold their first practice as a unit.

Girls from across the country had come together just three days before the
opening match for daily practices to build chemistry. This is the biggest
competition that the team will play in all year, but the experience
they’ll receive from being coached by members of the U.S. team can be

The Under-18 USA Deaf Volleyball team might have had the least amount of
preparation of any team in the competition. The players assembled in
Arizona on Monday to hold their first practice as a unit.

Girls from across the country had come together just three days before the
opening match for daily practices to build chemistry. This is the biggest
competition that the team will play in all year, but the experience
they’ll receive from being coached by members of the U.S. team can be


deaf rugby

Argentina Deaf Rugby is coming to New Zealand to play
three games against New Zealand Deaf team next year
25th May – 1st June, 2019


Texas football

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football TAPPS DIII-3 Predictions
1. Boerne Geneva School
2. Waco Reicher
3. Austin Texas School for the Deaf
4. Schertz John Paul II
5. San Marcos Baptist Academy