“Tim Weaver is an outstanding leader, coach and administrator,” Dr. Miller said. “His significant experience as a player at Davidson and coach at Ivy League institutions Columbia and Harvard appropriately qualify him to lead a program committed to academics and the comprehensive student-athlete experience.”
Weaver, 40, will lead a department which includes 20 intercollegiate sports and the recreation program. The post has been vacant since February when Kosmas Mouratidis relinquished the position to return to coaching men’s soccer and teaching in the physical education and sports studies department. The Bison compete in the NCAA Division III and are members of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).
The changes culminate from a comprehensive three-month Institutional Review of Bethany College. In early February, the Review recommended a complete re-structuring of the athletics department, with all areas reporting directly to the President, Dr. Miller noted. During the past four months, a number of changes have been made, including the appointment of a five-person Athletic Management Council, the selection of a new Faculty Athletics Representative and Compliance Officer, and the initiation of significant upgrades to outdoor facilities.
In addition to coaching the football team, Weaver this spring coordinated the search for a new head men’s basketball coach and is overseeing the construction and revitalization of the football, track and softball facilities at Bethany. The College is adding a new synthetic all-weather track, artificial turf and lights on the football field, and a fully renovated softball field.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this outstanding program,” Weaver said. “My first two years at Bethany have been personally and professionally gratifying.
“This is a very special place and I look forward to working with Dr. Miller and all of our coaches to build on the remarkable traditions and reputation of this outstanding college.”
Entering his third season at the helm of the Bison, Weaver is building Bethany into a top program in the PAC. During his tenure, 20 school records have been broken or tied and 18 players have received All-PAC honors. In addition, sophomore Matt Cruse, an all-conference receiver on the football field, also earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in track and field.
Weaver was a four-year starter at defensive end/linebacker for Davidson College in North Carolina, where he graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and anthropology. He began his coaching career at Western Connecticut State in the fall of 1990, where he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator for two years. He then went to Hofstra University, serving as the defensive line coach for four seasons before taking the defensive coordinator position at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Following his stint at Wesleyan, Weaver moved on to Harvard for four seasons and then went to Columbia as the defensive coordinator for three years before becoming the 35th head football coach at Bethany in December, 2005.
Weaver and his wife, Kelly, reside in Bethany with their two daughters Delaney (6) and Casey (2).
Fact Box“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead this outstanding program. My first two years at Bethany have been personally and
New Bethany Athletics Director Tim Weaver