Managing Investor– Bill Ilett
President & General Manager – Steve Brandes
Sales & Marketing Coordinator – Steven Clenney
Media & Public Relations Coordinator – Ty Carter
Account Executive – Kyle Hays
Account Executive – Travis Forrest
Account Executive – Sam Johnson
Dance Team Director – Jessica Rowland
Broadcast Play-by-Play – Mark Snider
Broadcast Color Commentator – Ross Cook
Financial Controller – Frank Ilett
Head Coach – Michael Peck
Assistant Coach – Rob Werdann
Assistant Coach – Zendon Hamilton
Director of Basketball Operations – Ed Flory
Athletic Trainer – Ben Perez-Pringle
Videographer – Ron Weatherly
President & General Manager
Steve Brandes enters his twelfth season with the Stampede Front Office and seventh 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.
Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Steven Clenney enters his fourth full season with the Idaho Stampede, his second as Sales/Marketing Coordinator and Game Operations Manager. His responsibilities include developing Stampede marketing plans, along with sales of season tickets, group nights, mini-plans, and various operations, while also helping to oversee the entire sales staff. He also manages all in-game entertainment for the Stampede home games to make them the most fun and family-friendly professional sports games in Idaho.
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Clenney attended Florida State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production and Marketing. He then attended the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida where he received a Master’s Degree in Sports Business Management.
In his spare time, Clenney enjoys giving back to the community and volunteering. He spent many hours in New Orleans with his graduate school program and the Hope for Stanley Alliance helping to rebuild the city after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
Ty Carter enters his first 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 liaison to 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 wife, exploring new places, and following his favorite professional sports teams from the Bay Area.
Kyle Hays enters his second full season with the Idaho Stampede family as an Account Executive; his responsibilities include season ticket, group, suites, and sponsorship sales. He also assists with the game day operations.
Hays is originally from DeBary, Florida and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management with minors in Business and Marketing from Stetson University (DeLand, FL). He spent two seasons, 2007-09, as a manager of the Stetson Men's basketball team and made the roster for the 2009-10 season. After graduation he worked in minor league baseball for the Daytona Cubs until he was offered the opportunity to work for the Idaho Stampede.
In his spare time, Hays enjoys coaching young athletes, going to church, working out, and looking for ways to help out community organizations.
Travis Forrest enters his first year with the Stampede as an Account Executive after completing an internship with the team during the 2012-13 season. His responsibilities include sales of sponsorships, season tickets, mini-plans, group tickets and suites, as well as assisting with ticketing and game day operations.
Forrest spent the last five years as a Habilitative Interventionist/Developmental Specialist with Community Partnerships of Idaho working with kids with special needs. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University and his Masters in Sports Management and Administration from Liberty University.
The Roseburg, Oregon native has found that the Idaho Stampede has been a great fit for him to be able to work in sports and continue to help support many causes in his community at the same time. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of "Opening Doors", a non-profit dedicated and focused on providing or supporting opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Sam Johnson enters his first 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.
Director, Stampede Spirit Dance Team
Jessica Rowland is entering her third season as Director of the Idaho Stampede Spirit Dance Team. She was a dancer for the previous seven.
Rowland graduated from Boise State University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling from BSU in 2010, and shortly after, Rowland became a licensed professional counselor.