Hawks Make Basketball Operations Staff Announcements
HAWKS MAKE BASKETBALL OPERATIONS STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS
Drew and Bender return to Hawks bench,
Sund also names David Pendergraft and Steve Rosenberry to front office positions
ATLANTA, GA (June 24, 2008) --
Atlanta Hawks General Manager Rick Sund announced today that
the team has signed assistant coaches Larry Drew and Bob Bender to new contracts
to continue on Mike Woodson's staff, and in addition, he has named league
veterans David Pendergraft and Steve Rosenberry to the Hawks' Basketball
Operations staff. Pendergraft becomes Atlanta's new Assistant General
Manager/Director of Player Personnel, while Rosenberry will serve as Director of
Pro Personnel/College Scouting.
|Larry Drew||Bob Bender|
|David Pendergraft||Steve Rosenberry|
Drew and Bender, each of whom concluded their fourth seasons on the Hawks staff,
will return as assistants to Woodson as the franchise seeks to improve upon a
first-round playoff berth which culminated with a seventh game defeat at the
hands of the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics.
Drew, who has over 25 years of NBA experience as a player or assistant coach,
has spent the last 16 years on the sidelines since retiring from the game after
the 1990-91 season. Prior to coming to the Hawks, Drew was an assistant with the
New Jersey Nets and also coached on the staffs of the Los Angeles Lakers,
Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.
Having worked six seasons in the NBA as an assistant (also with the Philadelphia
76ers), Bender also coached for 13 years on the collegiate level as a head coach
at Illinois State and the University of Washington.
Pendergraft, a former member of the Seattle Sonics basketball operations staff,
served as a consultant last season for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Park Lane
basketball club in Dongguan, China. In Seattle, he was an eight-year member of
the Sonics scouting staff, before becoming the team's Director of Player
Personnel in his third season. Pendergraft concluded his final three years as
Seattle's Director of Basketball Operations, overseeing the scouting and
assessment of potential Sonics players and assisted then-GM Sund with player
He also served as a coach in 1999 and 2000 for the Canadian Olympic Basketball
Team that competed in Sydney, Australia, and worked as the New Jersey Nets'
Director of Player Personnel for three years beginning in the 1996-97 season.
Prior to that, Pendergraft spent the previous two years as a scout for the
then-expansion Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before joining the Grizzlies, he was an assistant coach and recruiting
coordinator at Texas Christian University. He spent nine years performing
similar duties with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1985
through 1994. From 1979 to 1985, Pendergraft was an assistant coach at East
Rosenberry's background includes two different stints with the Sonics, most
recently as the team's Director of Scouting before spending last season as a
consultant with the Milwaukee Bucks. Following the reorganization of the Bucks'
staff, he spent the past few months working out potential NBA draft picks in
A longtime NBA scouting veteran, Rosenberry started with Seattle in 1985-86 and
was there for six seasons before joining Dave Twardzik's staff in a similar
capacity in Charlotte. Following three years with the Hornets he rejoined the
Sonics and then-GM Wally Walker and later, Sund, and worked for 13 seasons on
his second time around - the last four as the team's Director of College
The Guilford College graduate (1978, history) was a three-year guard for the
NAIA school, and following his collegiate days, Rosenberry played in the
Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for the Lancaster Red Roses' for two
seasons (1978-80). After two seasons in Europe with the McGregor Power All-Stars
he returned to the states to embark on a career in basketball management.