Bakersfield Sends Fourth Staff Member to NBA This Season

BAKERSFIELD, January 27, 2012 – The Bakersfield Jam congratulate Natalya Pyatkovska, Director of Public Relations and Business Operations, on joining the Detroit Pistons as an Assistant to the President of Palace Sports & Entertainment, Dennis Mannion. Pyatkovska becomes the fourth Jam staff member to be hired by an NBA team this season.

“I am very grateful for my time here in Bakersfield and truly appreciate everything that David Higdon, Stan Ellis and the entire Jam organization have done for me,” said Pyatkovska. “I look forward to joining the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment and I’m confident that the skills I have acquired with the Jam will help me excel in my position in Detroit.”

Pyatkovska joined the Jam prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, overseeing public relations, managing team website and social media, collaborating on community relations efforts, and contributing to the business operations of the Jam. She spent a portion of this past offseason working at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp as a Public Relations Assistant.

“We are pleased to welcome Natalya Pyatkovska to Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons,” said Dennis Mannion. “Natalya's experience with the Bakersfield Jam and the NBA D-League has served her well and we look forward to the contributions she will make with our organization.”

Prior to joining the Jam, Pyatkovska was a Public Relations Intern with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2009-2010 season. She also served as a Marketing and Game Operations Intern with the Los Angeles Sparks for two seasons.

“Natalya has been a tremendous support to our organization the past 18 months. She has an incredible work ethic and works tirelessly at her daily tasks. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we will miss her daily professionalism and drive but wish her the best in her new endeavor in Detroit,” said David Higdon.

Pyatkovska earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UCLA in June 2010. During her collegiate years, she was the Womens’ Basketball Team Manager for two seasons and an Athletic Department Recruiting Assistant for three years.