Managing Investor– Bill Ilett
President & General Manager – Steve Brandes
Media & Public Relations Coordinator – Ty Carter
Account Executive – Sam Johnson
Account Executive – Victoria Centers
Account Executive – AJ Linze
Account Executive – Isiah Watson
Account Executive - Kyle Little
Dance Team Director – Samantha Buckmier
Broadcast Play-by-Play – Mark Snider
Broadcast Color Commentator – Ross Cook
Financial Controller – Frank Ilett
Head Coach – Dean Cooper
Assistant Coach – Andrae Patterson
Assistant Coach – Travis Walton
Director of Basketball Operations – Hans Steinbrenner
Basketball Operations - Lowell Egan
Athletic Trainer – Brady Howe
Video Coordinator – Ron Weatherly
President & General Manager
Steve Brandes enters his thirteenth season with the Stampede Front Office and eighth season as President & General Manager of the Idaho Stampede.
A native of Amherst, Ohio, Brandes enjoys a diverse background ranging from traveling to Russia as a student ambassador to being a professional archaeologist throughout the Midwest for two years. Brandes obtained a liberal arts degree from the College of Wooster. He then attended Game Face, Inc.'s Executive Academy, a leading international sports sales training and placement company in Portland, Oregon. Brandes sold for a plethora of teams during his four months at Game Face. For more information about Game Face Inc.’s Executive Academy log on to gamefacesportsjobs.com.
Steve began with the Stampede as an Account Executive and has moved up the ranks serving as Director of Ticket Sales & Game Operations and Assistant General Manager. Through his time at the Stampede, Brandes has helped the team with successful transitions to a new arena and to a new league (CBA to NBA Development League). He also played an integral role in the success of the 2006 CBA All-Star Classic, as well as the 2008 and 2010 NBA Development League Showcase. Brandes helped facilitate the team's hybrid affiliation with the Portland Trail Blazers and serves as a key liaison with the Stampede's NBA parent club.
Steve takes great pride in continuing to build the Stampede’s Community efforts and outreach programs through the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation. He also served on the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho (EFI) Board and currently serves on the Idaho Non Profit Center's Board.
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
Ty Carter enters his second season as the Media and Public Relations Coordinator for the Stampede after completing an internship with the team during the 2012-13 season. Some of his responsibilities include working with our community partners in coordinating community outreach events, editing all team publications, and serving as the team’s primary contact for the media.
Originally from San Jose, California, Carter earned his degree in Communications from BYU-Idaho where he also wrote for the university newspaper.
In his free time, Carter enjoys spending time with his family, exploring new places, and following his favorite professional sports teams from the Bay Area. His wife gave birth to their first child in September.
For more information on community visits or for scheduling Rumble the mascot, contact Ty.
Sam Johnson enters his second season with the Idaho Stampede as an Account Executive. His responsibilities consist of selling season tickets, group outings, suites and working game day operations.
Sam is originally from Livermore, California. He attended the University of Oregon where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Business. While at the University of Oregon, Sam was an active member in the Warsaw Sports Marketing Club.
Sam’s experience includes interning in Group Sales with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. While at the Sharks he worked on a spectrum of events including the 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Trials, Disney on Ice, Ringling Bros Circus and Batman Live. He is now very excited to be a part of the Stampede family and is looking forward to a great season.
Victoria enters her first season with the Stampede after working for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. Her responsibilities as an account executive include selling season tickets, corporate sponsorships, mini-plans, group tickets and suites. She also assists the team with ticket and game day operations.
Originally from Ashley Ohio, Victoria received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Professional Sales Certificate with a specialization in Sports Management from Ohio University (Athens, OH). She spent two seasons as an intern with the Columbus Blue Jackets and one season with the Columbus Crew of the MLS.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys shopping, attending sporting events, volunteering and exploring the beautiful state of Idaho.
AJ enters her first season with the Idaho Stampede as an Account Executive. Her responsibilities include selling season tickets, group outings, suites and coordinating ticket services.
AJ is originally from Parma, Idaho. She attended Boise State University where she earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While at Boise State, she volunteered her time and services in assisting with many political campaigns. After college, AJ spent over four years in internet sales. She brings that sales experience and local connections to the Stampede front office.
She is an avid golfer and huge sports fan. She spends her free time with friends and family, and her dog Harlow. She is very excited to be a part of her first season with the Stampede and looks forward to building relationships with the local community.
Isiah is in his first season as an Account Executive with the Idaho Stampede. He enjoys working with people and helping businesses come up with creative ways to market their companies with the Stampede. He also sells season tickets and group outings for local organizations. Contact him with any ticketing requests you may have!
A native of Long Beach, California, Isiah played football on scholarship at Southern Oregon University. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
Isiah most recently worked as a sales intern with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. He enjoys reading, playing the piano and playing sports in his free time.
Director, Stampede Spirit Dance Team
"Sam" is entering her first season as Director of the Stampede Spirit Dance Team for the 2014-15 season. Born in Portland, OR; Sam attended Western Oregon University earning her BS in Forensic Chemistry with a minor in Dance studying ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern and aerial dance. Last season she danced for Off Center Dance Company and the Idaho Stampede.
She has traveled the world including Mexico and China dancing with Rainbow Dance Theatre for 5 years, was an apprentice with A-Wol aerial dance company for 2 years, and danced for Subrosa Dance Collectives and Pure Dance Company for one year in Portland. She continues to teach at Thunderbird Dance Camp every summer for the last nine years teaching over sixteen hundred middle and high school students each year.
Sam enjoys spending time with her husband, her 2 dogs and her dance peers.
To learn more about joining the Stampede Spirit Dance Team or to participate in a local youth dance clinic with your Stampede Spirit please email firstname.lastname@example.org