The Erie BayHawks welcomed to Erie for the first time on Monday their new general manager of basketball operations, Allan Houston. Houston, who also serves as the assistant general manager of the New York Knicks, came to Erie to visit with the team’s medical staff from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), tour the team’s practice facility, the LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and attend an evening reception with the BayHawks corporate partners and season ticket holders.
Houston was accompanied by Anthony Goenaga, Knicks assistant athletic trainer, in order to participate in meeting the medical staff from LECOM and to discuss the BayHawks’ health and wellness program for the coming season.
“The NBA Development League is stronger than ever and we’re truly excited about the coming season,” said BayHawks majority owner Steve Demetriou. “Thanks in large part to our continued partnership with LECOM and our new affiliation with the legendary New York Knicks, fans have much to look forward to again this year.”
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During an afternoon press conference the BayHawks also announced they have signed a two-year lease extension with the Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA) for Tullio Arena. Mayor Joe Sinnott and ECCCA executive director John “Casey” Wells attended to speak to the continued partnership between the BayHawks and the Erie community.
Houston will continue to live in New York but plans to make several trips to Erie over the next few months including being present for the D-League Draft on November 3 and attending parts of the team’s Training Camp in mid-November.
The BayHawks’ first home game this season is set for Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 pm at the Tullio Arena when the BayHawks face the Maine Red Claws. Season tickets and group tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 814-790-5600.