What year did you graduate Prairie High School?
Class of 1985
What activities were you involved in at Prairie?
What is your current position?
Associate Vice President – Basketball Operations, WNBA
Where is your place of employment?
National Basketball Association – New York, New York
What are your job responsibilities?
Responsible for the WNBA Basketball Operations policies and procedures, coaching/player oversight and discipline, implementation and policing of playing rules, and franchise operating guidelines. This includes budgeting, league game scheduling, Player and Referee CBA requirements, franchise salary-cap guidelines, arena/facility standards and approval. Also, work with ESPN/ABC family of networks on National Broadcast schedule and production.
Describe your career/educational path since graduating from Prairie High School.
After graduating the University of Iowa, specializing in sports medicine and exercise physiology (as part of the University of Iowa athletic training program). I then returned to Cedar Rapids as the head athletic trainer for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the Continental Basketball Association. This position provided me opportunities to oversee basketball operations, which included learning sales and sponsorship.
During the 1990’s, I served as general manager for professional basketball teams in Columbus, Ohio; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Palm Beach, Florida.
This experience with regard to developing and overseeing teams as start-ups led to opportunities at the league level — heading up team business operations for both the CBA (Phoenix, AZ) and the International Basketball League (Baltimore, MD).
Since 2001, I have worked for the National Basketball Association, first as the president of the Fayetteville Patriots (NBA D League) and then as the head of basketball operations for the WNBA.
What advice would you give to today’s high school graduates?
With a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, you will be successful in anything you do.
Anything else you would like to add?
I have wonderful memories from my time at Prairie… my mother and father both worked for the school system, and I am so thankful for them, my teachers/coaches and my friends that started me on this path of life, and to my wife Cynthia who has supported me each step of the way.