Directory: Randy Pfund

RANDY PFUND
GENERAL MANAGER


Entering his 11th year with the HEAT organization, General Manager Randy Pfund continues his efforts to make the HEAT one of the best in the NBA in the areas of talent evaluation, salary cap planning, player relations and team services. He is among the new breed of executives who are the backbone of success for the organizations they represent. Pfund, in a nutshell, is HEAT President Pat Riley’s right hand man when it comes to player negotiations and organizational operations. His tireless work ethic and numerous contacts have helped him lead the HEAT to an unprecedented level of organizational success.

In his current post, Pfund manages and oversees the HEAT’s Basketball Operations department which includes player acquisitions, player development, scouting, salary cap management, team security and sports media relations. His thorough work in the field of talent evaluation during the past 10 seasons has produced four consecutive Atlantic Division Championships (1996-2000) for the first time in franchise history, the Southeast Division Championship in 2005, eight postseason berths, including a franchise-record six straight postseason appearances (1996-2001), and has helped Miami
post the sixth best record (455-333, .577 winning percentage)
in the NBA over that span and the second best mark in the
Eastern Conference. Additionally, Miami’s five division titles the
last nine years ties San Antonio for the most in the NBA.

Pfund’s negotiating skills and insight of the NBA and its players have been called upon for the past 10 seasons to secure some of the best and brightest players in the NBA. Together with Riley, Pfund has orchestrated several blockbuster trades and key free agent signings, the results of which have landed the HEAT NBA All-Stars Shaquille O’Neal, Eddie Jones, Antoine Walker, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning, as well as Jason Williams, Lamar Odom and Brian Grant. With the drafting of Dwyane Wade, Caron Butler, Dorell Wright and Wayne Simien, in addition to the veteran acquisitions, Pfund has helped re-structure the HEAT’s roster with a nice balance of youth and experience while keeping Miami one of the top destinations in the NBA. Pfund also spends countless hours scouting the college, pro, and European leagues for top athletes. His keen eye for talent has brought in unheralded players like Udonis Haslem, Malik Allen, Rafer Alston, Bruce Bowen and Isaac Austin, all of whom have made key contributions to the HEAT.

In addition to his administrative duties, Pfund brings a wealth of NBA knowledge, having worked in the league since 1985. His pro career began when Riley, who was head coach of the Lakers at the time, asked him to join his staff as an assistant coach. He held that position for seven years and helped the Lakers win a pair of NBA Championships in 1987 and 1988. In 1992, he succeeded Mike Dunleavy as the Lakers’ top man and posted a 66-80 mark in two seasons and led his 1992-93 team to the Lakers’ 17th consecutive postseason appearance.

Pfund started coaching in the mid-1970s at Glenbard South High in Illinois. He later worked at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, under current HEAT Vice President, Player Personnel Chet Kammerer. During his stint at Westmont, Pfund met Bill Bertka, who hired him for his scouting service. Impressed with Pfund’s work, Bertka recommended him to Riley, who offered Pfund a position on his coaching staff. From there, they worked together for five seasons with the Lakers. When Riley was searching for a staff to lead the HEAT, he remembered Pfund’s hard work and determination and called on him once again.

Pfund grew up in Wheaton, IL and starred in both basketball and football at North High before beginning a stellar basketball career at Wheaton College where his father Lee was head coach. The list of accomplishments for the Pfund family at Wheaton College is long and impressive. A quick look at Wheaton’s Hall of Honor list includes the Pfund name four times. In addition to his father, Lee, Randy is also joined on the list by his brothers John and Kerry who each enjoyed productive careers at Wheaton. The Pfund brothers combined to score a total of 4,762 points with each brother scoring at least 1,100 points. Randy, who earned honorable mention All America honors in 1974, currently ranks as Wheaton’s all-time assist leader (478) and is among the all-time leaders in field goals made (fourth), points scored (sixth), scoring average (sixth) and free throws made (ninth). His older brother John earned All-America honors in 1965 and ranks as the fourth leading scorer in Wheaton history. Lee Pfund, who pitched professionally for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, compiled a 362-240 (.601) career record as head coach at Wheaton College from 1951-75. During his tenure as head coach he won five conference championships and captured the 1956-57 Small College National Championship while guiding Wheaton to a 27-1 record.

Pfund is single and lives in Miami Beach.