Team Contact Information:Denver Nuggets
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204
|Owner||E. Stanley Kroenke|
|President and Governor||Josh Kroenke|
|General Manager & Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations||Tim Connelly|
|Assistant General Manager||Arturas Karnisovas|
|Director of Basketball Operations||Ben Tenzer|
|Vice President of Basketball Administration||Lisa Johnson|
|Director of Team Operations/Player Development||Amy O'Brien|
|President & Chief Executive Officer, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment||Jim Martin|
|Senior Vice President of Finance, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment||Mark Waggoner|
|Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment||Stephen Stieneker|
|Director of Scouting||Jim Clibanoff|
|Pro Personnel Scout||Jared Jeffries|
|International Scout||Rafal Juc|
|Manager of Basketball Analytics||Tommy Balcetis|
|Head Coach||Brian Shaw|
|Assistant Coach||Lester Conner|
|Assistant Coach||Melvin Hunt|
|Assistant Coach||Patrick Mutombo|
|Assistant Coach||Noel Gillespie|
|Assistant Coach/Player Development||Chris Farr|
|Player Development Coach||John Beckett|
|Player Development Assistant||Corsley Edwards|
|Head Video Coordinator||Patrick O'Keefe|
|Assistant Video Coordinator||Ognjen Stojakovic|
|Video Associate||Brian Boyle|
|Head Athletic Trainer||Dan Shimensky|
|Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning||Steve Hess|
|Assistant Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Assistant||Jason Miller|
|Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach||Felipe Eichenberger|
|Massage Therapist||Margo Osborne|
|Equipment Manager||Sparky Gonzales|
|Director of Media Relations||Tim Gelt|
|Media Relations Manager||Nick O'Hayre|
|Media Relations Coordinator||Cody Wise|
|Director of Player Services and Broadcast Relations||Tim Dixon|
|Director of Team Security||Bobby Simmons|
|Head Team Physician/Orthopedic Surgeon||Dr. Steve Traina|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Gary Jamell|
|Internal Medicine||Dr. Saurabh Mangalik|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Steve Barker|
BASKETBALL OPERATIONS BIOS
E. Stanley Kroenke
Owner & Governor, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Mr. E. Stanley Kroenke was officially introduced as the owner of the Denver Nuggets on July 6, 2000, and under his leadership, the Nuggets have enjoyed unprecedented success.
The Nuggets have been one of the most successful teams of the past decade and are one of only three NBA teams to make the playoffs in each of the past 10 seasons, including a remarkable run to the 2009 Western Conference Finals.
Since taking control of the Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Pepsi Center, Mr. Kroenke has been widely recognized as one of the top owners in professional sports, as well as a strong and committed leader throughout the community.
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Mr. Kroenke’s Denver-based company, also owns Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth. His teams have hosted the 2001 NHL All-Star Game, the 2004 and 2009 NLL All-Star Games, the 2005 NBA All Star Game and the 2007 MLS All-Star Game, bringing some of the world’s greatest athletes to Denver.
KSE’s dedication to success has been evidenced by the consistent playoff runs of its teams. The Avalanche has made the playoffs in 12 of its 16 seasons in Denver and defeated the New Jersey Devils in June 2001 to win the Stanley Cup, the second in franchise history. The Mammoth has been a playoff participant in seven of its nine seasons and won the NLL championship in 2006. The Rapids have also achieved postseason success appearing in the playoffs in six of nine seasons, including the MLS Cup in 2010.
In February 2007, Mr. Kroenke purchased a significant stake in Arsenal FC. He is the controlling shareholder of London’s storied football club. The initial investment came months after KSE and the Colorado Rapids formed a landmark marketing and strategic partnership with the famed Barclays Premier League club. The relationship has been further strengthened by KSE’s acquisition of 83 percent shareholding in Arsenal Broadband Limited. In September 2008, Mr. Kroenke was appointed to the Arsenal board as a non-executive director.
In August 2010, National Football League owners unanimously approved Mr. Kroenke’s bid to become principal owner of the St. Louis Rams. A native Missourian, Mr. Kroenke played a vital role in bringing the NFL back to St. Louis in 1995. Prior to becoming the majority owner of the Rams, he was the minority owner of the team. With his real estate development expertise, Mr. Kroenke was instrumental in the building of Rams Park, now known as the Russell Training Center.
Under Mr. Kroenke’s direction, KSE completed three of the company’s most ambitious projects to date. On April 7, 2007 KSE opened the largest soccer-specific complex in the world, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The state-of-the-art sports facility on more than 160 acres in Commerce City, Colo., seats 18,000 fans for field sports and up to 27,000 for concerts. The award-winning field at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has been heralded as “one of the finest pitches in the world” by numerous international players and coaches who have played at the complex.
In November 2008, the stadium hosted Colorado’s first-ever World Cup qualifier between USA and Guatemala. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park also includes 24 surrounding playing fields for youth and adult recreational sports such as soccer, lacrosse and rugby. The complex anchors the 917-acre Prairie Gateway site that is a public-private partnership between KSE and Commerce City. The site is host to the Commerce City municipal hall, retail facilities, offices for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a visitors’ center for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. The project has created hundreds of jobs in the community and is expected to generate thousands more as the growth continues.
Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network began operation in September 2004, becoming the new television home for the Nuggets and Avalanche. Altitude also features other professional, collegiate and high school sporting events, as well as outdoors and lifestyle programming, entertainment and community interest coverage throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
TicketHorse (now Altitude Tickets) became the official and exclusive ticket provider for both primary and secondary ticket sales for all KSE properties in July 2009.
One of KSE’s primary focuses has been the Colorado community and civic causes. $16 million in contributions have been made to Colorado charities through Kroenke Sports Charities and the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche Community Funds.
KSE purchased the Paramount Theatre, a historic landmark in downtown Denver, in July 2002. The venerable venue remains a vibrant, multi-event facility where Denver residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of entertainment ranging from classic concerts to family shows, dance productions, comedic performances and charitable events each year. Pepsi Center and the Paramount Theatre are home to more than 250 events annually including world renowned concerts such as Madonna, Celine Dion, U2 and Lady Gaga.
Peak Entertainment, LLC, a joint venture of Kroenke Sports Enterprises and AEG Live Rocky Mountains, opened 1STBANK Center together in March 2010. The multi-use arena accommodates up to 6,500 people for a range of events located in Broomfield, Colo. It was recently voted one of Colorado’s top new concert venues.
Mr. Kroenke’s enthusiasm and vision ensure that Denver will continue to be the top entertainment destination in the Rocky Mountain region for generations to come. Local media outlets have consistently named Mr. Kroenke one of the most significant people in the Denver arts and entertainment community, saying “No other person entertains more people more often.”
In August of 2008, Pepsi Center played host to the Democratic National Convention. Tens of thousands of delegates, journalists, volunteers and patrons descended on Denver and the Pepsi Center for the Convention. The landmark event ranks as one of the most important in KSE and Colorado history.
Millions of people around the world watched the Convention, which city officials estimated boosted the local economy by nearly $270 million.
Mr. Kroenke is chairman and owner of The Kroenke Group, a private real estate investment and development company with properties located throughout the United States and Canada.
Over the past two decades, he has built a reputation as one of the nation’s leading real estate developers. One of the largest ranch property owners in North America, Mr. Kroenke’s ownership stakes also includes the Screaming Eagle and Jonata vineyards.
Mr. Kroenke’s current and former board and trustee memberships include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Central Bank Holding Company, Boone County National Bank, Community Investments Partnership of St. Louis, the College of the Ozarks, and the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame. He is a member of St. Louis’ Civic Progress, which provides support and leadership for various community improvements that promote economic development, education and quality of life. In February 2009, Mr. Kroenke was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Kroenke holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, an award winning documentary film producer; and a son, Josh, Governor and President of the Denver Nuggets and Governor of the Colorado Avalanche.
Team President and Governor
Josh Kroenke is entering his seventh season in the Nuggets’ front office and third season as the team’s President & Governor. He also serves as President and Governor of the Colorado Avalanche and Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids.
Since joining the Nuggets as Vice President of Team Development in 2007, Kroenke has been involved in every aspect of day-to-day operations while overseeing one of the most successful six-year stretches in team history. Denver has won at least 50 games in five seasons, made a trip to the Western Conference Finals and captured two Northwest Division titles during that span.
Kroenke orchestrated one of the biggest trades in NBA history on Feb. 22, 2011. The three-team, 13-player deal protected Denver’s long-term future while keeping the Nuggets among the NBA elite. After the trade, the Nuggets went 18-7 while clinching a playoff berth.
This past season, Kroenke ushered in new eras for both Nuggets basketball and Avalanche hockey. The Nuggets added to their young, energetic core by hiring first-year head coach Brian Shaw and new general manager Tim Connelly, while the Avalanche re-enlisted legends from their Stanley Cup championship past.
Kroenke’s first duty as team president of the Avalanche was to name Hall of Fame center Joe Sakic as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, giving Sakic the responsibility of overseeing all hockey-related decisions. He then introduced Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy as the team’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations on May 28, 2013.
In addition to his roles with the Nuggets and Avalanche, Kroenke works closely with KSE’s executive committee on multiple business operation issues, ranging from finance to marketing.
Kroenke attended the University of Missouri on a full basketball scholarship and was named Academic All-Big XII First Team and selected team captain as a junior and senior. After graduating with a degree in financial management, he completed a six-month internship with the NBA’s League Office working in its Player Development Department. Upon finishing his internship, Kroenke worked as an underwriter for Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group where he assisted with the debt underwriting and securitization of numerous commercial real estate transactions.
Away from the Nuggets and Avalanche, Kroenke is involved in several charitable entities, including the Todd Peglow Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri. He is also a major supporter of the Playing For Change Foundation, which is operated by his sister, Whitney, and benefits children worldwide through the building of schools that specialize in the teaching of music and arts.
General Manager/Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations
Tim Connelly was named the Denver Nuggets’ general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations on June 17, 2013. In this role, Connelly will work closely with team president Josh Kroenke to execute a plan to protect the team’s long-term future while keeping the Nuggets among the NBA elite.
Connelly, 36, spent the previous three seasons with New Orleans as their assistant general manager. His duties included scouting, draft preparation, trade negations, player contracts and other aspects related to day-to-day operations.
Prior to his time with New Orleans, Connelly spent 10 years with the Washington Wizards organization where he rose to director of player personnel. In Washington, his role included overseeing scouting, salary cap and database management, player evaluation responsibilities, as well as assisting the vice president of player personnel with all front office duties.
The Baltimore product began working for the Wizards as an intern in the basketball operations department in 1996, and after his graduation from DC’s Catholic University in 1999, Connelly was named to the Wizards staff as assistant video coordinator. In 2000, Connelly became a full-time scout for Washington, and later assumed the head scouting role. During his four-year stint as a scout for the Wizards, Connelly’s travels have taken him across five continents to identify the top talent in the basketball world.
Connelly’s service to the game of basketball has spanned the globe in recent years. He currently serves on the board of GEN Basketball Academy, a Sarajevo-based academy funded by NATO, and has assisted with their youth camps. Connelly also worked in Moscow, Russia in September 2012 as part of the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program. Connelly’s first experience with the program was in the summer of 2006 in South Africa. That same summer he was involved with the Seed Academy in Dakar, Senegal. Additionally, in the summer of 2007, Connelly visited Dublin, Ireland to help raise youth awareness of cultural diversity and integration through the sport of basketball, and to work with the Irish federation on future basketball-related initiatives. Connelly has also visited England with his brother Pat as part of their personal efforts to aid the globalization of basketball.
A graduate of Towson Catholic High School, Connelly has aspirations to further his involvement in grass-roots basketball programs in his hometown of Baltimore. He is one of seven children, having four brothers and two sisters. Each of Connelly’s four brothers -- Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin -- played basketball at Towson Catholic, the powerhouse Baltimore program, and their love of the game has not faded. Pat was named the Phoenix Suns assistant general manager this summer; Joe is currently the player development coach with the Washington Wizards; and Daniel is a regional scout for the Utah Jazz.
Assistant General Manager
Arturas Karnisovas enters his first season with the Nuggets after being named assistant general manager on July 16.
Karnisovas (pronounced Car-NISH-O-Vas) joins the Nuggets after five years with the Houston Rockets, where he most recently was the director of scouting. He started with the Rockets as Director of Global scouting in 2008 after spending more than four years working in basketball operations at the NBA’s league office.
Karnisovas, 42, will assist Nuggets general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and team president Josh Kroenke with day-to-day operations related to scouting and player personnel matters.
Prior to working in the NBA, Karnisovas enjoyed an impressive international playing career.
He attended Seton Hall from 1990-94 and helped his native Lithuania win Olympic bronze medals in 1992 and 1996. Karnisovas also played professionally for Barcelona, Bologna, Olympiakos and Athens, reaching the Euroleague Final Four three times. He was named FIBA’s European Player of the Year in 1996.
Brian Shaw enters his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets after spending the past two seasons as the Associate Head Coach with the Indiana Pacers.
While serving alongside Pacers head coach Frank Vogel, Shaw helped lead Indiana to the playoffs both years, including a run to the Eastern Conference Finals this past season before falling to the eventual NBA-champion Miami Heat.
Prior to his time in Indiana, Shaw was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers organization since the 2003-04 season. He spent his first year with the Lakers as a scout before joining the coaching staff as an assistant for the next seven seasons. During his time with the Lakers, they won two NBA championships (2008-09, 2009-10).
The 47-year-old Shaw (3/22/66) had a long and successful professional career, playing with the Boston Celtics, Il Messaggero Roma (Italy), Miami, Orlando, Golden State, Philadelphia, Portland and the Lakers, where he was part of three NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002). In his NBA career, Shaw scored 6,547 points (6.9 points per game). He also played for the gold medal-winning Team USA in the 1986 FIBA World Championship.
Shaw played collegiately at Saint Mary's College of California and UC Santa Barbara, where he was the Big West Conference Player of the Year in 1988. The Gauchos retired his No. 22 jersey. Shaw was a first-round pick of the Celtics (24th overall) in the 1988 NBA Draft.
In 2000, his hometown of Oakland declared Aug. 10 as "Brian Shaw Day".
He and his wife Nikki and have three children, Brianna, B.J. and Bianca.
Lester Conner brings 16 years of NBA coaching and scouting experience as he enters his second season with the Denver Nuggets. He is responsible for developing game plans along with Head Coach Brian Shaw as well as developing the Nuggets players throughout the season and offseason.
Prior to joining the coaching staff in Denver, Conner spent three seasons as the lead assistant with the Atlanta Hawks. He was also the associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers (2004-05) and an assistant with the Indiana Pacers (2007-10), Milwaukee Bucks (2005-07) and Boston Celtics (1998-2004).
Conner, who played for seven teams in 12 NBA seasons, began his pro coaching career in 1998 as an assistant to Rick Pitino in Boston. He also has worked as a scout for the Miami Heat and an assistant coach for the Magic Johnson All-Stars.
A first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1982 (14th overall), Conner averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 assists with the Warriors, Bucks, Pacers, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. He earned a Continental Basketball Association championship as a member of the Rapid City Thrillers in 1986-87.
Conner grew up in Oakland, winning a California state championship his senior year at Fremont High School. After two years at Chabot Junior College in California, he played for the legendary Ralph Miller at Oregon State, helping lead the Beavers to a 52-6 record. He was named an AP All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year as a senior.
Born Sept. 17, 1959 in Memphis, Tenn., Conner and his wife Stacy are parents of twin daughters, Simone and Alana.
Melvin Hunt is entering his fifth season on the Denver Nuggets coaching staff.
Hunt is responsible for developing game plans along with Head Coach Brian Shaw as well as developing the Nuggets players throughout the season and offseason. The past three summers Hunt has spent time in Italy working with Danilo Gallinari and he participated alongside Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov in Basketball Without Borders in Russia in 2012.
Before coming to Denver, Hunt helped lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. In 2008-09, the Cavs won a franchise and NBA-best 66 games, while Hunt and the coaching staff earned the honor of coaching the Eastern Conference in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Cleveland also enjoyed great postseason success during Hunt’s tenure with the team, reaching the 2007 NBA Finals, the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals and four consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Semifinals from 2007-10.
Before joining the Cavaliers staff, Hunt spent one season (2004-05) as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and five seasons with the Houston Rockets (1999-2004). While with the Rockets, he served two years as a video coordinator/scout and two years as an assistant coach before spending his final year as the team’s college and international scout.
Prior to working in the NBA, Hunt coached on both the collegiate and high school levels. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Temple High School (TX) before moving to the college ranks where he was the lead assistant coach at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.
Hunt earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in education from Baylor University where he spent four years on the basketball team. He was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for the Bears from 1987-91 and helped lead his team to both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Following his graduation, Hunt played professional basketball in the Caribbean and Mexico.
A native of Tallulah, Louisiana, Hunt has spent time in Australia, Asia, Italy, Russia, Lithuania and South Africa during recent offseasons as a part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders – the global basketball development and community outreach program that uses the sport of basketball to influence positive social change.
Hunt and his wife, Carmen, have a daughter, Braya, and a son, Miles.
Patrick Mutombo enters his fourth season with the Nuggets and his second as an assistant coach. He joined the team as a player development coordinator in 2011-12 after being a member of the Metro State University coaching staff.
In his role with the Nuggets, Mutombo works closely with the players to improve their individual skills before, during and after practices and team shootarounds. He also assists with advanced scouting of upcoming opponents. Mutombo served as an instructor at the NBA’s 2012 Basketball Without Borders Africa camp and Masai Ujiri’s Top 50 camp in Nigeria.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo developed his basketball skills while growing up in Belgium, and he later played under coach Mike Dunlap at Metro State in Denver. Mutombo spent six years playing professionally in Italy, Greece and the NBA Development League. He played four seasons on four different teams in the top league in Italy, one season for Trikala 2000 in Greece's top league, and the 2009-10 season with Bakersfield in the NBDL.
Mutombo, 33, turned pro after a distinguished career Metro State (1999-2003). He helped the Roadrunners win two NCAA Division II national championships (2000 and 2002) and was named second-team All-America in 2001 and first-team All-America in 2002. Mutombo ranks second in school history in career free throw percentage (.853), fifth in field goals made (571) and ninth in points (1,360). He was inducted into the Metro State Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2011.
Mutombo, who graduated from Metro State in 2003 with a degree in political science, resides in Denver with his wife Magali and their twins. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, sculpting and building wood furniture.
Noel Gillespie begins his 13th season overall in the NBA, and his second as an assistant coach with the Nuggets. He is responsible for developing game plans along with Head Coach Brian Shaw as well as developing the Nuggets players throughout the season and offseason. This summer he served as co-head coach with Patrick Mutumbo for the Nuggets entry in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.
Gillespie comes to Denver after spending a total of 10 years with the Phoenix Suns organization. His final three seasons with Phoenix were as an Assistant Coach, moving into that role after spending the previous three seasons as the Suns’ Advanced Scout.
Gillespie began his career with Phoenix in 2003 as the Assistant Video Coordinator. During his time with the Suns he was an assistant coach for the Las Vegas summer league squad from 2006-2012, served as an assistant coach to the Western Conference All-Star team and the sophomore team at the Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas in 2007 and participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011.
In addition to his work on the bench, Gillespie has released two instructional coaching DVDs: “Up Tempo Offense” and “25 Game-Winning In-Bounds Plays”.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis. and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Gillespie got his start with the Indiana Pacers in 2001 assisting the video, scouting, and coaching staffs. He then worked as a graduate assistant at Florida State University in 2002 before joining the Suns.
He and wife, Sherry, are the proud parents of Jack (6) and Rowen, born in February 2014.
Assistant Coach, Player Development
Chris Farr begins his second season on coach Brian Shaw’s staff and brings more than 20 years of coaching and player development experience to the Denver Nuggets.
Farr arrived in Denver as assistant coach/player development in 2013 after four years as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University. During his time at LMU, the Lions had three 1,000-point scorers and enjoyed two of their most successful seasons since 1989-90.
Prior to LMU, Farr spent a year conducting individual skill and conditioning workouts for NBA and college players. He served as an assistant coach at the University San Francisco from 2005-08.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Farr also worked as an assistant coach at Fresno State (1999-2002) and Contra Costa College (1989-99).
As a player, Farr led his team in assists in two years at Sacramento State. He also was an all-league first team selection at Contra Costa College after being an all-conference selection in one year at Oxnard Community College.
Assistant Coach, Player Development
John Beckett brings extensive coaching, scouting and player development experience to the Nuggets after spending the past season as an assistant coach with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.
In Delaware, Beckett was responsible for conducting individual pre-game and pre-practice workouts for players; developing player strength-and-conditioning programs; and preparing advanced scouting reports on upcoming opponents. He also helped prepare practice plans and provided detailed progress and scouting reports on 87ers players throughout the season.
Before joining the 87ers, Beckett spent 10 years with the Atlanta Hawks (2003-13), serving as the team’s video coordinator and assisting with player development. In addition to creating video edits as part of the team’s game preparation, Beckett led and assisted in workouts and traveled as a college scout.
In addition to his work on the court, Beckett has spent the past 13 years as a freelance production contributor for Turner Sports and NBA TV. He was a member of the Emmy Award-winning “NBA on TNT” studio show.
After being named the 1996-97 Fayette County Player of the Year at Sandy Creek High School, Beckett attended Georgia State University before transferring to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1998. Beckett helped the Tritons to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2001 and graduated with a degree in Business Management. He later played professionally for the Bergheim Bandits in Germany.
Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning
Keeping the Nuggets in top physical shape is the job of Steve Hess, the team’s assistant coach/strength and conditioning. Hess oversees the team’s weight training, conditioning, stretching and nutritional programs. He designed and arranged the Nuggets’ weight room in the Pepsi Center and also designed functional pieces unique to the Denver Nuggets.
In his 17th season with the Nuggets, Hess creates and administers individual workout programs for each player throughout the entire year. He spends the majority of the off-season working with Nuggets players and other professional athletes, overseeing every aspect of their workout programs. He pushes them to reach their peak physical condition.
Hess is a co-owner of FORZA fitness and performance center and is one of 12 trainers worldwide who sits on the Under Armour training council. He is also the official spokesperson for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and is also a member of NBA Team Fit.
In addition, Hess has been featured on NBA Inside Stuff, All-Access with Ahmad Rashad, NBATV and The Eating Network. He also has his own workout segment on the Altitude Sports & Entertainment network.
A graduate of Ithaca College (N.Y.), Hess received a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis on sports medicine and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science fitness and cardiac rehabilitation in ‘91.
Hess lives to obtain peak performance in his own life. His wife, Alicia, is also a conditioning expert and the couple spends their time with their two sons, Jordan and Korey.
Dan Shimensky enters his eighth season with the Denver Nuggets and his first as the team's head athletic trainer.
Since joining the Nuggets as the team's assistant athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach, Shimensky duties have included treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, manual therapy, strengthening and conditioning of players, administering concussion tests, ordering medical/ weight room supplies, working closely with team physicians, and pre-season physicals.
In addition, Shimensky serves as an executive committee member for the NBATA as he represents the Western Conference assistant athletic trainers.
A graduate of Central Washington University, Shimensky received his master’s degree in exercise science. While at CWU, he was the graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and men’s basketball.
Prior to his tenure at Central Washington, Shimensky completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, receiving his degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training. He worked on the training staff for football and women’s gymnastics.
While at Utah, Shimensky also had the opportunity to be involved in numerous internships with several NBA organizations including the Miami Heat (Summer, 2003), the Nuggets (Fall, 2004) and the Seattle Sonics (Summers of 2004, 05, 06).
In addition to being a certified Athletic Trainer, Shimensky has obtained his corrective exercise specialization (CES) and performance enhancement specialization (PES) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is certified in applied functional science (CAFS) through the Gray Institute.
In 2009, Shimensky was fortunate and honored to be selected as Head Athletic Trainer for the USA men’s U-19 Men's FIBA World Championships. Held in Auckland, New Zealand; Shimensky helped Team USA capture the gold medal, an accomplishment that had not been achieved since 1991.
During this past summer, Shimensky was brought back to USA basketball as Head Athletic Trainer for the men’s U-16 national team for the FIBA Americas Championship. Hosted in Cancun, Mexico; Shimensky was able to obtain a second gold medal as team USA finished with a perfect 5-0 record.
Shimensky and his beautiful wife Heather welcomed their first child Hudson in September. They reside with their dogs Suki and Koko outside of Denver.
His father, Mike, was a longtime NBA Athletic Trainer.
Sparky Gonzales is in his 15th year as equipment manager, but his history with the Nuggets goes back much further than that. Gonzales is in his 37th year of service with the Nuggets, having served in a variety of capacities.
In 1977, Gonzales joined the Nuggets performing part-time locker room and bench security. He served as equipment manager from 1989-91. From 1992 until his hire in 2001, Gonzales assisted the Nuggets media relations department as a jack-of-all-trades on game nights. As equipment manager, Gonzales orders and maintains all of the team’s equipment at home and on the road.
Gonzales, a Denver native, and his wife Tammy were married in 1998. He enjoys fishing, camping and golfing in his spare time.
Vice President, Basketball Administration
Lisa Johnson is in her 33rd year with the Denver Nuggets. The University of Denver graduate has served in many roles throughout her career with the organization, including sales, receptionist, community relations, media relations and has spent the last 16 years in basketball operations.
In her current role as Vice President of Basketball Administration, Lisa handles day-to-day operations of the office, coordinates team travel and works with the other Kroenke Sports departments in scheduling and maintaining the player appearance program.
In her spare time, Lisa has fun spending time with her husband Jim, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, music, art and flower gardening. The Johnsons reside in Centennial with Gracie the cat.