Jam Welcome New Staff

BAKERSFIELD, October 29, 2010— The Bakersfield Jam announced the following additions to its front office: Wesley Horne is joining the staff as the Director of Basketball Operations, Natalya Pyatkovska as the Director of Public Relations and Brian Levy as the Video Coordinator.

Horne played collegiately at Shelton State Community College and Auburn University of Montgomery and earned a Social Science degree from the University of West Florida. Horne began his head coaching basketball career in 2004 at South Montgomery Academy before moving on to Pike Liberal Arts High School the following season. The next two years, he joined Pensacola Junior College and University of West Florida, where he served as an assistant coach. He has also spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers.

A recent college graduate, Pyatkovska attended UCLA, where she earned a degree in Communication Studies. While in college, Natalya worked for UCLA’s Blue & Gold organization for three years and for the Womens Basketball Team as team manager for two seasons. She also interned for the Los Angeles Lakers Public Relations Department this past season and for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Levy began his career in sports as a Sponsorship & Corporate Marketing intern with the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics. He also interned with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority preparing for the 2007 Breeder's Cup at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Most recently, Levy served as the director of operations for the East Kentucky Miners of the CBA. A New Jersey native, Levy attended Stevens Institute of Technology as a Business Technology major.

The Jam will play its first game of the season at home against Tulsa 66ers on Nov. 19.

The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.