Ken Weprin, an East Meadow resident and a Hofstra Pride public address announcer for more than 20 years, recently said that he will retire.
Weprin has announced Hofstra Pride's men’s and women’s basketball games at the Hofstra Physical Education Center and at the Mack Sports Complex since the 1989-90 season.
In addition to basketball, Weprin has also announced wrestling, volleyball, football, women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse and softball during his time working with the university.
"Having attended many Big East Tournaments at Madison Square Garden, I could always count on seeing great basketball games and hearing the legendary Ken Weprin as the ‘voice of the Garden’," Jeffrey Hathaway, Hofstra's president and director of athletics said in a statement. “When I joined the Hofstra Department of Athletics I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with and listen to Ken as the voice of Pride basketball and other events."
This year, Weprin was honored by Madison Square Garden for his 25 years of service with the New York Knicks, in which he served as a statistician, chief of the stat crew and back-up public address announcer for the team and the lead announcer for college basketball at the Garden.
"I along with thousands of Hofstra fans are disappointed that we will no longer hear that great voice at Pride games," Hathaway said. "We wish Ken the very best in the next chapter of his life and look forward to honoring him at a basketball game this season for his many outstanding contributions as part of the Hofstra family.”
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