Tuesday, September 09, 2003
GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 5, 2002) – The National Basketball Development League office is taking on a new look as preparations for the league’s third season crank into high gear.
The most notable changes have taken place in the NBDL basketball operations area with Chris Alpert taking on expanded duties as director of basketball operations and player personnel, as well as former Huntsville Flight player Terrance “Doc” Martin moving into the role of coordinator of basketball operations.
Alpert, who served the last two years as coordinator of NBDL basketball operations, had his role expanded when former NBDL executive Karl Hicks took a vice-president position with the Charlotte Bobcats and former NBDL director of player personnel Milt Newton was hired as director of player personnel for the Washington Wizards. Alpert and Martin will operate under the guidance of NBA senior vice-president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.
Lara Mae Divina and Bryan Bullock have also taken on expanded roles in the areas of marketing and business operations, respectively. Divina has been promoted to manager of marketing and community relations, while Bullock assumes the role of manager of NBDL business operations. Both were coordinators in their respective areas last year.
“I have always said we have the most talented staff in minor league sports, and I believe that even more today,” NBDL president Phil Evans said. “As we have become more streamlined and cost efficient as a business, I have asked the league office staff to take on even more responsibility and they continue to answer the bell.
“I’m particularly excited to bring a former NBDL player into the ranks,” Evans said. “Doc proves the league is serving one of its primary purposes, creating business opportunities for players after basketball.”
Mary Beth Koetters has also been promoted from administrative assistant to NBDL league office coordinator, while director of legal and business affairs Bobby Sharma and director of communications Kent Partridge have been elevated to senior directors. Former Mobile Revelers team president Rudy Bourg has also joined the NBDL league office staff as senior director of sales and marketing, while Columbus president Barry McMullin will also serve as the league’s vice-president of business development.