1 Daniel Gilbert Majority Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers OWNERSHIP Dan Gilbert is Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans, the nation s largest online home lender. Dan also is majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and operator of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he led the purchase of an American Hockey League (AHL) franchise renamed the Lake Erie Monsters that began play in Fall 2007 at Quicken Loans Arena. Quicken Loans, Inc. closed $19 billion in home loan volume in calendar The company employs nearly 4,000 people and is been ranked a Top 20 FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the past five years (currently ranked #2). The company also has been ranked #1 on Computerworld Magazine's list of the "100 Best Places to Work in Technology" the past three consecutive years. Dan founded Rock Financial in 1985 as a 22 year old first year law student. Rock Financial grew into one of the largest independent mortgage banks in the country. In 1998, the company went public in an IPO led by Bear Stearns, Inc. In January 1999, the company launched its Internet strategy which quickly positioned itself as the leader in online retail mortgages. In January 2000, software maker Intuit purchased Rock Financial and the national Web business was renamed "Quicken Loans." With Dan staying on as CEO, Quicken Loans became the leading national provider of home loans on the Internet. Quicken Loans has gone on to earn "Best of the Web" accolades from Forbes, Money and PC Magazines. In 2002, Gilbert led a small group of private investors and purchased Quicken Loans Inc., back from Intuit and has been privately held since that time. The company retains all rights to the 'Quicken Loans, Inc.'trademarks. Dan became majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in March In the three years he has owned the Cavaliers, he has led a complete overhaul of the front office, coaching staff, player personnel, and game presentation. In addition, the ownership group has invested $27 million in the "Quicken Loans Arena" (known as "The Q"), including new seats, an HD-quality center-hung video scoreboard unit, video and sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, player locker rooms, suite upgrades and administrative offices, as well as the development of a new $25 million player development and training center named the Cleveland Clinic Courts. In his second year of ownership, the Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference Championship by beating the Detroit Pistons, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in the 37-year history of the franchise. Dan and his partners also operate and invest in several consumer based, technology-centered businesses, including: online promotions company eprize (eprize.com), based in Pleasant Ridge, Mich.; Fathead LLC (fathead.com) in Livonia, Mich.; Veritix (www.veritix.com) in Cleveland, Ohio and Boston-based Xenith LLC (www.xenith.com). Fathead LLC, exclusively licenses and sells a new category of product for the true sports enthusiast. A "Fathead" is a life-size, colorful, vinyl wall graphic of popular sports stars from the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB in an action pose, as well as pro and college team helmets and logos, in addition to NASCAR racecars and Hollywood entertainment characters.
2 Veritix has created technology and processes that replace physical tickets for large sports and entertainment events with an electronic approach and offers a secure, online marketplace for transferring and selling tickets in a digital format. The Cavaliers are the first team in professional sports to use this new technology. Xenith LLC has developed an innovative helmet technology that reduces the risk and severity of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Dan was Rawlings Sporting Goods'largest shareholder and was instrumental in effecting the sale of Rawlings to K2 in March Gilbert is a founding partner in private equity group RockBridge Equity. The partnership invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer direct marketing, and the sports and entertainment sectors. He also is an investor and financier with Rock Companies (rockcompanies.com) in residential and commercial real estate developments in several states. Other significant investments include Xeko (xeko.com), a Seattle-based children s media property that includes a trading game, planned cartoon series, movies and licensing of a playing card game featuring threatened species in 34 environmental hot spots in the world. Dan recently launched Bizdom U (bizdom.com) in Detroit. This non-profit academy trains, mentors and finances young entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses in the city of Detroit. Bizdom U's mission is to create successful businesses, jobs, growth and wealth in large urban cities. Through Rock Financial, Dan also was the lead sponsor of Rock Financial JA Finance Park in downtown Detroit, a program that teaches school age children about money and finance. Gilbert serves on the board of the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation; the Cleveland Clinic; the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC; and the Children's Tumor Foundation (ctf.org) in New York City. Dan has been the keynote speaker at Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan and the national NAACP conference, among other organizations. He is a frequent guest on CNBC's business programs including "guest hosting" CNBC's Morning Call as well as numerous appearances on ESPN, CNN and FOX. Gilbert earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University. He has received the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst & Young and has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. Dan resides in Michigan with his wife and their five children.
3 OWNERSHIP Gordon Gund Twenty-five seasons ago, it looked as though the Cavaliers might be headed out of Northeast Ohio until Gordon, now 68 and a native of Cleveland, and his brother George stepped in to purchase the club at the last minute, keeping the team at The Coliseum. The Gunds presided over the resurgence of The Coliseum and the design and construction of Gund Arena which opened at the beginning of the season. Under the guidance of the Gunds, building records were set in attendance and bookings in both facilities, while the Cavaliers recorded one of the largest increases in home attendance in the NBA over the past 20 seasons. In October 1996, Gund was elected Chairman of the NBA s Board of Governors and served in that capacity for three years. In March of 2005, Gordon Gund sold a majority ownership stake in the Cavaliers, including the lease rights to Gund Arena (renamed Quicken Loans Arena in September of 2005), to the group headed by current Cavaliers majority owner, Dan Gilbert and fellow minority owner David Katzman. Gordon retained a minority ownership stake in the franchise. As a former co-owner, with George, of the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League, Gordon and his brother were instrumental in building that franchise before its eventual sale in the spring of At that time, Gordon and George were granted an NHL expansion team that began play as the San Jose Sharks for the season. The Gunds sold their majority stake in the Sharks during February of The expertise displayed by Gordon in the sports world has been evident in his other interests as well. He serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Gund Investment Corporation, which is involved in diversified investment activities. Gordon is a director of the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, and of Corning Incorporated of Corning, New York. He also recently served as a board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Gordon now devotes a great deal of energy to national charitable and philanthropic causes. In 1971, he and his wife, Lulie, were members of the founding group of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland and Gordon is its national chairman. This foundation is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa and allied degenerative diseases of the retina, such as Usher syndrome and macular degeneration. These diseases as a group affect more than nine million Americans and are the leading causes of blindness and deaf-blindness in the United States today. Gordon is a graduate of Harvard University and has honorary doctorates from the Goteburg University in Sweden, University of Maryland, Whittier College and the University of Vermont.
4 Mark Stornes Chief Executive Officer Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena BUSINESS STAFF After serving as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for one year, Mark Stornes was promoted to chief executive officer of the Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena (C/QLA) on January 1, With a wide array of experience in financial and operating roles, Stornes oversees all business and operational aspects of Quicken Loans Arena and the NBA s Cleveland Cavaliers. Stornes supervises each of C/QLA s business and operating units, including finance and administration, business development, guest services and building operations. Stornes is the leader of C/QLA s senior management staff. Stornes began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1996 when he served as the senior vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. In 1999, Stornes began serving as the Executive Director of Cavaliers Charities (a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation), the philanthropic arm of the Cavaliers. Stornes took on the title of executive vice president and chief operating officer of C/QLA in From 1987 until joining C/QLA, Stornes served in several financial and operating roles including executive vice president and COO for TransAmerica Mailings, Inc., a leading direct mail marketing firm. He was responsible for all financial functions and the operations of the company. Prior to his position with TransAmerica, Stornes was senior auditor for Grant Thornton, one of the world s largest international public accounting firms, from Stornes is a 1983 graduate of Cleveland State University where he earned his B.B.A in Accounting. He is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2002 and serves on the board and executive committee of the Cleveland Leadership Center. In addition he ismember of the 50 Club and is the treasurer of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Stornes is also a member of Bluecoats, Inc. a charitable organization that is dedicated to provide financial support and counseling for families of police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. Stornes also serves as Trustee of the Berea Educational Fund Foundation and has served as a past board member of Cleveland Tomorrow. Besides his work related and educational accomplishments, Stornes is very involved in his community having coached over forty teams in the past years. Stornes resides in Middleburg Heights with his wife and four children, Matt, Ryan, Scott and Meghan.
5 BUSINESS STAFF Len Komoroski President, Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena Len Komoroski was named president of the Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena organization in April, A seasoned business executive, Komoroski brings more than 25 years of experience in professional sports and entertainment to the organization. His leadership and business initiative bring a solid foundation from which the Cavaliers, Monsters and The Q can continue to thrive and flourish. For the season, Komoroski oversaw the restructuring of how the Cavaliers approached the business community, including the development of a staff featuring some of the top sports marketing executives in the industry. The collective efforts both on and off the floor resulted in one of the top business turnaround stories in NBA history. The Cavaliers had the largest year-over-year attendance increase in NBA history, progressing from a league-low of 11,497 per game in to 18,288 in a 59% increase. Television ratings were up 300% and featured revised broadcast agreements resulting in the largest number of locally-televised games in team history. Radio ratings also increased by more than 200% and local merchandise sales grew by 500%. The Cavaliers also experienced the largest increase in corporate partnership revenue in the NBA last season. He also led the charge in the transformation of the Cavaliers communications efforts and dramatic changes in developing one of the most dynamic game experiences in the NBA. Since then, Komoroski has led continued growth and development across the board. The regular season attendance average was 20,465, which was the largest in team history. The franchise has had four of the five largest home attendance averages in franchise history over the last five seasons. The team also set a record with 33 sellouts. Corporate sales revenue is now amongst the top tier of teams in the NBA, including the dynamic season-presenting relationship with Cub Cadet. The Cavaliers are also considered to have one of the best game presentations in the NBA. Komoroski also played a leadership role in developing one of the top cable television relationships in the NBA with FSN Ohio, encompassing 70 regular season games, as well as for the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development facility Cleveland Clinic Courts. In addition, Komoroski played a leadership role in the acquisition of its American Hockey League franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters, which is playing their inaugural season at The Q with the current season. Komoroski was also the lead in bringing the Cleveland Gladiators (Arena Football League) franchise to The Q. This new AFL franchise began play in March of While with the Eagles, Komoroski brought many properties in-house, including the Eagles Television Network, which is the largest developer of local programming in the NFL. Under his guidance, the Eagles established the fan-friendly NFL Training Camp, which was the most heavily attended in the league, featuring autograph sessions, interactive games, hospitality and an extraordinary merchandise tent. He also helped broker a record-setting naming rights deal with NovaCare, garnering a reported $66 million for the Eagles training facility, the NovaCare Complex. Komoroski also played a leadership role in the development of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles state-of-the-art stadium. Through his efforts, the Eagles secured a 20-year, $140 million naming rights agreement with Lincoln Financial Group, one of the largest such agreements in pro sports history. He and his business group orchestrated the successful sellout of 172 suites, 8,000 club seats, 29,000 Stadium Builder Licenses and a waiting list of over 40,000 for season tickets. Through the efforts of Komoroski and his team, the Eagles were among the most successful NFL teams in securing long-term seven-figure per annum Founding Partner relationships for new stadia; in addition, they forged many other substantial six-figure per annum agreements. He also completed top-tier industry agreements for Eagles radio and television coverage and concession agreements for Lincoln Financial Field. Behind Komoroski s leadership, the organization secured major soccer events, concerts, Division I college football games and the Army/Navy Game, establishing Lincoln Financial Field as one of the most active stadiums in sports. Through these efforts and events the Eagles have become one of the highest grossing franchises in professional sports. This is Komoroski s second stint in the NBA, having been with the Minnesota Timberwolves from and having played a major role in the start-up of the team and its arena, the Target Center. While Komoroski was Vice President of Sales and the senior sales and marketing official for the team and arena, the Timberwolves became one of the most financially successful organizations in the league. After Minnesota, he came to Cleveland as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the International Hockey League s (IHL) Cleveland Lumberjacks, and immediately transformed the Lumberjacks into a flourishing enterprise. Both attendance and revenues saw sharp increases during Komoroski s time, and the Lumberjacks were one of three profitable IHL teams in Komoroski got his start in sports in 1982 with the Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League, followed by management roles with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League and the Minnesota Strikers of the MISL, and as a regional manager for the Miller Brewing Company s sports marketing arm. Komoroski s achievements in professional sports have attracted considerable attention, and he has assumed leadership positions in several capacities. He is on the board of directors of the Cleveland chapters of City Year, the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and the United Way, as well as the board of the Greater Cleveland Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the 50 Club and the Bluecoats. Komoroski is a 1982 cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. He and his wife Denise are the parents of three daughters Kristin, Kelly, Jamie and one son, Zachary.
6 BASKETBALL STAFF Danny Ferry General Manager Danny Ferry was named the eighth general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 27, Ferry has focused on building a championship-caliber culture in his three seasons with the Cavaliers. Helping to lead the team, through many successful signings and acquisitions, to back-to-back 50-win seasons was only the beginning. The Cavs have now made three consecutive trips to the playoffs including the franchise s first-ever trip to the NBA Finals under Ferry s leadership. In addition to player acquisitions, Ferry also oversees all scouting, player personnel and day-to-day activities of the Cavaliers basketball operations team. Ferry spent two seasons from as the director of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. As the director of basketball operations for the Spurs, Ferry was actively involved in all aspects of the basketball operations department with an emphasis on the draft and free agency. He also aided in the strategic planning for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. During his time in the Spurs front office, San Antonio compiled a combined regular season and playoff record of (.701). While in San Antonio, he won NBA Championships as both a member of the front office (2005) and as a player (2003). Ferry, a 13-year NBA veteran, played the final three years of his career in San Antonio ( ). Prior to that, he spent 10 seasons in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers. He played in a franchise-record 723 regular season games (154 starts) and averaged 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game. Ferry s best season came during the season when he played in all 82 games (79 starts) with averages of 13.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. For his career, Ferry played in 917 games (186 starts) and averaged 7.0 points, and 2.8 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game. He also played in 67 career playoff games (15 starts) in nine playoff appearances. Ferry was the second overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent the next season playing in Italy before the Cavaliers acquired Ferry along with Reggie Williams in exchange for Ron Harper, two first-round draft picks and a secondround pick from the Clippers on November 16, Ferry won the 1989 Naismith Award as the nation s top player after averaging 22.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game during his senior season at Duke. He was named First Team All-American as both a junior and a senior. He had his jersey retired at Duke and was inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame in September Ferry s father, Bob Ferry, was vice president/general manager of the Washington Bullets for 17 years and played in the NBA from 1959 through 1969 while his brother, Bobby, played at Harvard University and was selected by Atlanta in the seventh round of the 1985 NBA Draft. Ferry (born Oct. 17, 1966) and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters and one son: Hannah, Grace, Sophia, Lucy and Jackson.
7 BASKETBALL STAFF Lance Blanks Assistant General Manager Lance Blanks was named assistant general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers in July of He spent the previous five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs where he was a part of two NBA Championships working in various positions in the front office. As assistant general manager, Blanks assists General Manager Danny Ferry in all basketball operations of the franchise. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Blanks served as the director of scouting for the Spurs. He joined the Spurs in 2000 as a scout and was promoted to director of scouting in September of In San Antonio, Blanks served as Spurs television analyst for both the and season. He played three seasons in the NBA after being drafted in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft (26 th overall pick) by the Detroit Pistons. Blanks spent two seasons with the Pistons and one with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 2.0 points in 142 career games. He also played one season in the CBA and three in Europe, where he led teams in Hungary and Cyprus to league championships. Blanks earned Texas Mr. Basketball honors in 1985 at McCullough High School (now The Woodlands) before going on to the University of Texas, where he led the Longhorns to the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA Tournament. While a resident of San Antonio, former mayor, Ed Garza, appointed Blanks to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame organizing committee. Blanks (born Sept. 9, 1966) and his wife Renee have two daughters, Riley and Bryn. Riley is a top rated junior tennis player. His father, Sid, played eight years in the NFL for Houston, Washington and New England and his cousin, Larvel Blanks, played Major League baseball for eight years. Chris Grant Assistant General Manager Chris Grant joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the club s assistant general manager in July He spent the previous nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks where he was promoted in 2004 to the position of vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager. Grant oversees the domestic and international scouting departments and assists General Manager Danny Ferry in all basketball operations of the franchise. He also spearheaded the design and construction of the new state-of-the-art Cavaliers player development center, Cleveland Clinic Courts, which opened at the start of the 2007 season. The 50,000 square foot facility is one of the most technologically advanced team development centers in pro sports. In his nine years with the Hawks, Grant held six different positions including video intern, video coordinator, advance scout, assistant director of scouting, director of scouting and vice president/assistant general manager. Grant, a graduate of the University of San Diego, earned a degree in psychology. He also received a master s degree in educational leadership from USD. Grant spent three seasons on the school s basketball team after transferring from Canada Junior College. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Cameron and Boden.
8 Mike Brown Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach BASKETBALL STAFF Mike Brown was named the 17 th head coach in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 2, In his first three seasons at the helm of the Cavaliers, Brown has quickly become one of the NBA s top young coaches. During the 2007 Playoffs, Brown led the Cavaliers to their first Eastern Conference Championship and a trip to the NBA Finals after Cleveland knocked off the Pistons 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. He guided the Cavaliers to their first series sweep in the first round versus Washington and then led Cleveland to a 4-2 win in the conference semifinals against New Jersey. In two playoff appearances, Brown has a record of (.576) which gives him the most wins by a head coach in team playoff history. Brown has led the Cavaliers to at least 45 wins in each of his first three seasons in Cleveland. After posting the most wins as a first-year head coach in team history in (50-32 record), Brown followed that up with another 50-win season (50-32) in his second year. Cleveland posted 45 wins during the season and made their third consecutive appearance in the NBA playoffs. With a combined regular season record of (.589) in three seasons, Brown has the highest winning percentage of any head coach in Cavs history. During his first season as head coach, he became the winningest first-year head coach in team history and led Cleveland to Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2006 Playoffs. He became the first coach in franchise history to lead his team to a playoff series win in his first season by defeating Washington 4-2 in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in In addition, he became the first rookie head coach since Rick Carlisle in to post 50 wins in a season. Brown joined the Cavaliers after spending two seasons as the associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers and three seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. His career record as an assistant coach was (.629) and he won a division title with Indiana in and three straight division titles with San Antonio. He helped lead Indiana to consecutive playoff appearances including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in He was also on the bench for the Spurs during their 2003 World Championship season. While with the Spurs, Brown s teams won at least 58 games each season. He also was the head coach for the Spurs summer league teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. Brown spent three years with the Washington Wizards staff beginning in 1997, spending the first two years as an assistant under Bernie Bickerstaff, and his final year as the team s professional scout. The 38-year-old (born March 5, 1970 in Columbus, OH) began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 1992, where he spent five seasons, first as the team s video coordinator and then as a scout. He participated in the NBA s Basketball Without Borders program in Johannesburg, South Africa in the summer of Mike and his wife, Carolyn, are actively involved in the Cavaliers community relations initiatives including Shoes and Clothes For Kids and Cleveland Christian Home. Brown is a 1992 graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree in business. He played basketball two seasons at USD after spending two years at Mesa Community College. He attended high school in Germany at Wurzburg American High School. He and Carolyn have two sons, Elijah and Cameron.
9 BASKETBALL STAFF Hank Egan Assistant Coach Hank Egan was named an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in June He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization boasting nearly 40 years of basketball coaching experience. Egan joined the Cavaliers after spending the season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. He came out of a brief retirement to join the Warriors coaching staff and helped lead Golden State to its then-highest win total (38-44) since the campaign. Prior to joining the Golden State coaching staff, Egan spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and helped guide the club to an NBA Championship in During his tenure with San Antonio, the Spurs compiled a (.646) record and made seven trips to the NBA Playoffs. He also assisted in leading the Spurs to five Midwest Division titles and the NBA s best record four times. Before joining the Spurs, Egan spent 23 years as an NCAA Division I head coach including 10 seasons at the University of San Diego ( ). During the campaign, he guided the Toreros to a 24-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Egan began his coaching career in 1966 as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy. In 1971 he was named the head coach at Air Force where he remained until 1984 when he was named head coach at the University of San Diego. Having earned a reputation as one of the top defensive coaches in the country during his collegiate tenure, Egan received West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors following back-to-back seasons in and Additionally, Egan was a scout for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team and was one of the coaches at the 1984 Olympic Trials. Egan, 70 (born Aug.17, 1937), is a 1960 graduate of the Naval Academy earning a degree in engineering. He and his wife Judy, have two children, John and Kelly, and five grandchildren. Melvin Hunt Assistant Coach Melvin Hunt was named an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in September He came to Cleveland having spent the season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers under Head Coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Prior to his time with the Lakers, Hunt spent five seasons with the Houston Rockets. He served as the Rockets college and international scout during the season. Before working as a scout he spent two seasons on the Rockets bench as an assistant coach. Originally he joined the Rockets basketball staff as a video coordinator/scout and spent two seasons in that role. Prior to working in the NBA, Hunt coached on both the collegiate and high school levels. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Temple High School before moving to the college ranks where he was an assistant coach at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio. Hunt earned his Bachelor s degree in business administration and a Master s degree in education from Baylor University where he spent four years on the basketball team. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for the Bears from and helped lead his team to both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Following his graduation, Hunt played professional basketball in the Caribbean and Mexico. He is a native of Tallulah, Louisiana. Hunt (born Dec. 15, 1969) and his wife, Carmen, have a daughter, Braya and a son, Miles.
10 BASKETBALL STAFF Chris Jent Assistant Coach Chris Jent was named director of player development/assistant coach in November of He was an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic during the season before being named Orlando s interim head coach for the final 18 games of the season. Prior to his one year stint with the Magic, he spent the season with the Philadelphia 76ers as assistant coach/player development. Jent coached one year of high school basketball for Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut in Prior to that he spent 10 seasons playing professionally, including two years in the NBA. He was a member of the 1994 NBA Champion Houston Rockets and also played for the New York Knicks during the season. Jent played five seasons in the CBA and also spent time playing overseas in Australia, Italy, Spain and Greece. Jent, a native of Sparta, N.J., graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Communications. He played four seasons ( ) at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and back-to-back Big Ten Championships. He played in 123 games and scored 1,007 career points including 112 three-point field goals which ranks seventh alltime in Ohio State history. Chris (born Jan. 11, 1970) and his wife, Alice, have one son Jimmy and two daughters Corrin and Robin. John Kuester Assistant Coach John Kuester was named an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in August of Kuester joined the Cavaliers following a season as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. He also spent time as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers during the season and with the New Jersey Nets in During the season, Kuester was an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons as he helped the Pistons capture the 2004 NBA Championship. Kuester spent six seasons as a member of the 76ers coaching staff from to He helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals during the 2001 season and the playoffs in five of his six seasons in Philadelphia. For seven seasons from , Kuester was a member of the Boston Celtics organization including the final two seasons as an assistant coach. He arrived in Boston after five seasons as the head coach at George Washington University from Kuester became the youngest head coach in Division I in 1983 when he succeeded Rick Pitino at Boston University. He was an assistant coach for the Terriers for two seasons prior to his head coaching appointment. Kuester began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at The University of Richmond during the season. Kuester is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he played four seasons under Dean Smith from He won two ACC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament three years and the National Invitational Tournaments one year including a trip to the NCAA Finals in 1977 during his time in Chapel Hill. As a senior, he was voted the team s best defensive player for the second straight season and the MVP of both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regionals. Kuester was selected in the third round (53 rd overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played three seasons in the NBA, one each with Kansas City, Denver and Indiana. Born on Feb. 6, 1955, John and his wife, Tricia, have a son, John III, and a daughter, Katelyn.
11 BASKETBALL STAFF Michael Malone Assistant Coach Michael Malone was named an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in September of Malone has been instrumental in the Cavaliers success since his arrival in Cleveland. During the season, Malone helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history as they topped the Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons to claim the team s first Eastern Conference Championship. Cleveland s playoff run followed a 50-win regular season for the second consecutive year. During the 2006 Playoffs, the Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In addition to his coaching duties with the Cavaliers, Malone is currently an assistant coach with the Canadian Men s Senior National Team. He was a member of Leo Rautins coaching staff during the 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament and helped lead Canada to a top-five finish which allows them to compete in the 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier and a possible berth in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Malone joined the Cavaliers after four seasons with the New York Knicks. Malone was an assistant coach with the Knicks after he was promoted into that position in May In his first two seasons in New York, Malone was the Knicks coaching associate. He originally joined the Knicks as a coaching associate in the summer of Prior to joining the Knicks, Malone spent seven years in the college ranks. He served for two years ( ) as the lead assistant coach at Manhattan College following one season at the University of Virginia ( ). Malone spent three seasons ( ) at Providence College after beginning his coaching career at Oakland (MI) University. Malone s passion for the game allows him to stay busy even during the NBA s offseason. Along with his current coaching responsibilities with Canada that began in 2007, Malone spent the two previous summers coaching and teaching around the globe. During the summer of 2006, he participated in the NBA s Basketball Without Borders program in Puerto Rico and coached at the Nike All-Asia Camp in China. The previous summer he participated in Basketball Without Borders in Argentina. In addition, he has been the head coach for the Cavaliers summer league entry, the Knicks summer league teams for two seasons and was one of six NBA coaches to participate in the NBA Pre-Draft camp in Chicago during the summers of 2004 and Malone played college basketball at Loyola College (MD) and graduated with a BA degree in He graduated from New Jersey s Seton Hall Prep and also attended Worcester Academy (MA). Michael is the son of veteran NBA coach and former Cavaliers Head Coach Brendan Malone. Brendan, a 22-year veteran of the NBA, was named as an assistant coach for Cleveland prior to the start of the season and then was named the team s head coach on March 21, Michael is one of Brendan and his wife Maureen s six children. Malone and his wife, Jocelyn, have two daughters, Caitlin Rose and Bridget Colleen. Stan Kellers Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Stan Kellers oversees the Cavaliers athletic performance management process. Kellers also maintains his assistant coach/strength and conditioning coordinator role for the Cavaliers which he began in August of He came to the Cavaliers after working at the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years, most recently as an exercise physiologist in the section of Sports Medicine. Kellers is responsible for coordinating strength, conditioning and flexibility programs for each member of the Cavaliers team. In addition to developing in-season programs, he works individually with each player during the offseason to prepare them for the rigors of an NBA campaign. In his role as process coordinator, Kellers works closely with the team s head athletic trainer and physical therapist to ensure each Cavaliers player is provided the highest quality care, services and programs in the medical and strength and conditioning areas. Kellers is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Master's degree in Exercise Science. He and his wife Dana and two daughters, Shelby Lynn and Samantha reside in Olmsted Township.
12 BASKETBALL STAFF Max Benton Athletic Trainer Max Benton started with the Cleveland Cavaliers as athletic trainer in July As the Cavaliers athletic trainer, Benton tends to the immediate medical needs of the team's players. Most of his athletic training time is spent in the area of preventive medicine, treatment and rehabilitation. Benton completed his seventh season with the Cavaliers. He came to Cleveland following six seasons as the assistant athletic trainer for the Denver Nuggets. While working as the Nuggets assistant trainer, he also volunteered as an athletic trainer for the Denver Public School System. A 1995 graduate of the University of Colorado (CU), Benton was a student assistant in the CU sports medicine department from He worked primarily with football, men s basketball and men s and women s track. Benton was also a student intern for the Denver Broncos training staff for two years and received the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Ethnic Minority Scholarship in While doing his undergraduate work, Benton served as a student intern for the Colorado Rockies orthopedic surgeon. He also taught a course in athletic training at CU as an undergraduate. The native of Fort Collins, Colo., is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association (OATA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is also a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). Benton volunteered in August 2001 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he worked with athletes from volleyball, wrestling, taekwondo and swimming. In March of 2003, Benton was selected to the USA Medical Staff for the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he helped the U.S. Boxing Team win one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Benton served a two-year term ( ) as the Eastern Conference representative for the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA). He also serves on the scholarship committee for the NBATA, which gives scholarships to undergraduate, masters and doctorate students in the field of athletic training. Benton and his wife Jolynne are the proud parents of Emma Lenice, born July 9, Mark Cashman Equipment Manager/Travel Coordinator Mark Cashman was named equipment manager/travel coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers in July of He handles all duties associated with the equipment for the team and also assists with the team s air and ground transportation, as well as accommodations for each road trip. Cashman served five seasons as the equipment manager for the Portland Trail Blazers from He also worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves for four seasons ( ) prior to joining Portland. Cashman, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 with a degree in Political Science. He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Lakewood with their children Andrew, Gregory, Zachary and Carlisle.
13 Michael Mancias Assistant Athletic Trainer BASKETBALL STAFF Michael Mancias was named assistant athletic trainer in August 2005 after spending the season as the team s seasonal athletic trainer. He assists Head Athletic Trainer Max Benton and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Stan Kellers in all aspects of player care including: injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of Cavalier players both at home and on the road. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Mancias was assistant athletic trainer at the University of Texas-Pan American where he served as lead athletic trainer as well as strength and conditioning coordinator for the Men s Basketball team. He has also worked at The NBA Pre-Draft Camp, The Nike Desert Classic, and NBA Summer leagues in Atlanta, Boston, Orlando and Las Vegas. He has also served two summer internships with noted trainer Tim Grover of ATTACK Athletics in Chicago. Mancias is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also holds Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Mancias graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Health Education from The University of Texas-Pan American. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas, is currently engaged and resides in Lakewood. Wes Wilcox Pro/College Scout Wes Wilcox was promoted to the position of pro/college scout in the summer of 2007 after spending the previous four seasons as the Cavaliers advance scout. In his new position, he will play an intricate role in the Cavaliers scouting process, including minor leagues, colleges, the NBA and international basketball. Wilcox got his start as an intern with the Miami Heat in their scouting department in Following that year he served as video coordinator for the New Orleans Hornets before joining the Cavaliers prior to the season as advance scout. In addition to serving as advance scout, Wilcox was promoted to assistant coach and moved to the bench for the final 18 games of the season. Wilcox, a 2001 graduate of Cal-State Fullerton, is a native of La Habra, CA. He is recently engaged and resides in Cleveland. Bryant Moore Advance Scout players. Bryant Moore has completed his third season with the Cavaliers and his first as a full-time advance scout. In the advance scout role, Bryant is responsible for scouting upcoming Cavaliers opponents, charting plays, identifying opponents tendencies and developing a personnel report. From these scouting efforts, he develops a detailed game report for the coaching staff and Moore began his work with the Cavs as a video coordinator in He was promoted to scout/video coach in In that role, Bryant was responsible for the recording of games for scouting purposes while preparing scouting tapes for pregame and postgame activities for the coaches and players. In addition, he assisted with player development duties for the Cavaliers. Bryant has also been an assistant coach for the Cavaliers summer league team the past three seasons. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove, CA from He spent as an assistant coach at the University of California, Riverside. Moore is a 1993 graduate of Texas Tech, where he was a two-year starter on the basketball team from He attended Mesa Community College (AZ) with Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown before attending Texas Tech. Steve Hetzel Video Coordinator Steve Hetzel was named video coordinator for the Cleveland Cavaliers in July Hetzel is responsible for recording games for scouting purposes while preparing scouting tapes for pregame, in-game and postgame activities for the coaches and players. He spent the season as an assistant video coordinator with the San Antonio Spurs. Hetzel is a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University where he spent two years working with the men s basketball team as a student manager. He holds a degree in Kinesiology and is a native of Detroit, Michigan.
14 Dr. Charles Maher Team Sport Psychologist BASKETBALL STAFF Dr. Maher joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as the club s team sport psychologist in October He is responsible for mental skills development, performance enhancement, and psychological well being of all current players, as well as for psychological testing for the draft. He also serves as a consultant to basketball operations in the area of organizational effectiveness and staff development. His central focus in all of these domains has to do with assisting players, coaches, and staff in their development as people, as individuals who need to cope effectively with risk, as team contributors, and in terms of successfully executing their roles. Dr. Maher is a licensed psychologist and a fellow of many psychological societies, including the American Psychological Association. He holds Diplomates from the American Board of Administrative Psychology and the American Board of Sport Psychology, as well as numerous graduate degrees and professional certifications in psychology, business, and education. Prior to his career in Cleveland, Dr. Maher worked for a decade as sport psychologist for the Chicago White Sox, in addition to serving as a sport psychology consultant to the New York Yankees and other teams. Currently, Dr. Maher also serves as sport psychologist and director of psychological services for the Cleveland Indians, and has served in similar positions with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. Additionally, he serves as a sport psychology consultant for the IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL. He also maintains a private practice in sport psychology that includes professional athletes in football, tennis, basketball and other sports. Outside of professional sports, Dr. Maher is a tenured full professor of psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, where he is involved in research, doctoral education, supervision of professional psychology students, and editor of a professional journal. He has authored numerous books and peer reviewed articles in sport psychology, management development, program planning and evaluation, and special education. Dr. Maher and his wife, Ann, who is a family nurse practitioner, reside in Cleveland and New Jersey. They have two children, Dr. Jennifer Maher and Dr. Brian Maher, both of whom are psychologists, and two grandchildren. Chico Averbuck Director of International Scouting Chico Averbuck was named director of international scouting for the Cleveland Cavaliers in October Prior to joining the Cavaliers, he served as a scout for the Portland Trail Blazers for four seasons. As the director of international scouting, Averbuck will direct all of Cleveland s international scouting activities and assist General Manager of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry. Averbuck spent seven years in the CBA in various positions, ranging from basketball operations in the league office to assistant coach/director of player personnel with several teams. In addition, he spent time as a coach with the Iraklis Basketball Club in Solinque, Greece and also served as the director of scouting for the Peristeri Pro Basketball Club in Athens, Greece. Averbuck graduated from California State University at Bakersfield earning a degree in Communications with a minor in psychology. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Samuel, William and Hannah.
15 CAVALIERS BASKETBALL OPERATIONS STAFF Marvin Cross Larry Nance Lloyd Pierce Director of Team Security Special Projects Coordinator Player Development Coordinator Maura Schroeder Ken Snead George Sibel Executive Assistant to Team Assistant Physical Therapist General Manager Larisha Whatley Mike Winger Matt Yatsko Team Services Coordinator Legal Counsel-Basketball Operations Basketball Operations Coordinator
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