Managing Investor– Bill Ilett
President & General Manager – Steve Brandes
Sales Manager – Steven Clenney
Media & Public Relations Coordinator – Ty Carter
Account Executive – Sam Johnson
Account Executive – Victoria Centers
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 – TBD
Assistant Coach – TBD
Director of Basketball Operations – Hans Steinbrenner
Athletic Trainer – TBD
Videographer – Ron Weatherly

Business Operations

Steve Brandes
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

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.


Steven Clenney
Sales Manager

Steven Clenney enters his fifth full season with the Idaho Stampede, his first as Sales 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.


Ty Carter
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 wife, exploring new places, and following his favorite professional sports teams from the Bay Area. Ty and his wife are anxiously waiting for the arrival of their first child in September, 2014.

For more information on community visits or for scheduling Rumble the mascot, contact Ty.


Sam Johnson
Account Executive

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 Centers
Account Executive

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.


Samantha Buckmier
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

Basketball Operations

Dean Cooper
Head Coach

Dean Cooper enters his first season as the head basketball coach for the Idaho Stampede. Cooper spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets on Kevin McHale’s staff. He began his NBA career with the Rockets in 1999 as a video coordinator, eventually becoming an assistant coach to Rudy Tomjanovich. When Jeff Van Gundy succeeded Tomjanovich, Cooper transitioned to the front office as a personnel scout for one season before eventually becoming the Director of Scouting (2004-07) and Vice President of Player Personnel (2007-08).

He spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves when McHale was the interim coach. Following a one-year stint as a regional scout for the Timberwolves (2009-10), Cooper became Director of Player Development for the Portland Trail Blazers under Nate McMillan.

Prior to the NBA, Cooper coached four years at the collegiate level. For two seasons he was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. before taking a similar role at the University of Buffalo for two years. While at Aquinas, he served in an advance scouting role for the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for one season. Cooper began his coaching career at a pair of Michigan high schools, spending five years at Belding High School and three years at Caledonia High School.

A native of Belding, Mich., Cooper has been a camp director in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program since 2005. Married to Melanie Cooper, he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Aquinas College.