Preston Weinard begins his collegiate coaching career here at Jacksonville University. He is responsible for recruiting new student-athletes to come to JU and also assisting Coach Jason Cottingham the other coaches in practice and race procedures.
Prior to JU, Weinard was coaching the varsity girls at Lyman High School in Longwood, FL for the 2016-2017 season. He grew the team in numbers and in speed. The season ended well, with a 9th place finish in the Girls Senior Double at the Stotesbury Cup National Regatta.
From 2013-2016, Weinard coached the novice and varsity boys at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, FL. He saw success over the three seasons, including coaching the Junior 8+ to a bronze medal at the 2015 FSRA Sweep State Championship and a bronze medal in the Varsity 8+ category at the Head of the South Regatta in fall of the same year. In 2016, he coached the Junior Varsity 4+ to a bronze medal, and the Varsity 4+ to a 5th place finish at the 2016 FSRA Sweep State Championship.
Weinard graduated from Jacksonville University in May of 2013, with a BFA in Computer Animation. He was a member of the Dolphins’ men’s rowing team from 2010-2013, where he served as team captain in the 2012-2013 season. Weinard competed at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta each year; two years in the Junior Varsity 8+ and his final year in the Varsity 8+, finishing seventh. After graduation, Weinard competed in the Varsity 4+ at the IRA National Championships, where the crew finished 13th in the nation. This appearance at the national championship was JU’s fourth in its over 50-year history.
Weinard is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership program in the Davis College of Business at JU.