Weideman Resigning from Renegades post after 2020 season
- By Jeff Weideman, Day 103, 2020
NEW YORK - The New York Renegades announced today that Jeff Weideman has decided to resign from his position as general manager effective immediately following the conclusion of the 2020 season. In his official statement Weideman noted that he felt it was the right time to move on from the organization.
2020 ended up being a very disappointing season for the franchise. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. Weideman leaves the Renegades just a season after reaching Game 7 of the JBL Finals, where they ultimately lost to a very closely-matched Scorpions team on the road.
The Renegades posted their first winning record in franchise history in Weideman's first season as general manager in 2016 and went on to win their first division title as well. The next four seasons brought winning records as well as one conference finals appearance and two JBL Finals appearances. Weideman's boldest moves saw him trade star players Shandon James and Jamar Strickland for veterans Linton Hughes and Rashard Stevens, moves that ultimately did not bring the hardware that he hoped they would.
Asked what he thought the future would hold, Weideman was cagey. He said he would take some time off and spend it with family and also noted that if an opportunity arrived closer to the place he and his fake wife call home he would have to consider it.