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|
|Sr. Vice President of Business and Basketball Operations||Pete D'Alessandro|
|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|
|Executive 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||Michael Malone|
|Assistant Coach||Ed Pinckney|
|Assistant Coach||Wes Unseld Jr.|
|Assistant Coach||Chris Fleming|
|Assistant Coach||Micah Nori|
|Assistant Coach||Ryan Bowen|
|Assistant Coach||Dee Brown|
|Assistant Coach||Noel Gillespie|
|Assistant Coach||John Beckett|
|Head Video Coordinator||Daisuke Yoshimoto|
|Video Coordinator||Ognjen Stojakovic|
|Video Associate||Tommy Massimino|
|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|
|Physical Therapist||Steve Short|
|Massage Therapist||Margo Osborne|
|Equipment Manager||Sparky Gonzales|
|Media Relations Director||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|
Team Orthopedic Medicine
|Head Team Orthopedist||Dr. Steve Traina (Western Orthopedics)|
|Team Orthopedist||Dr. Raj Bazaz|
|Team Orthopedist||Dr. Brian White|
|Team Orthopedist||Dr. Edward (Ted) Parks|
Team Internal Medicine
|Head Team Internist||Dr. Saurabh Mangalik (Denver Internal Medicine)|
|Head Team Cardiologist||Dr. Mike Ptasnik (Colorado Heart and Vascular)|
|Team Internist||Dr. David Mellman|
|Head Team Dentist||Dr. Stephen Barker (Southbridge Dentistry)|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Scott Kissinger|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Brian Svoboda|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Alison Hoover|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Boyd Tomasetti|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Julia Plevnia|
|Team Dentist||Dr. John Tannyhill|
|Head Team Opthamologist||Dr. C. Starck Johnson (Specialty Eye Care/InSight Lasik)|
|Team Opthamologist||Dr. Gary Jamell|
|Team Opthamologist||Dr. Richard Kelmenson|
|Team Opthamologist||Dr. Amy Kelmenson|
|Team Opthamologist||Dr. John Zilis|
|Head Team Dermatologist||Dr. Meg Lemon (Colorado Dermatology Specialists)|
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
Since joining the Denver Nuggets front office in 2007, team President and Governor Josh Kroenke has established himself as a highly regarded executive while overseeing one of the most successful stretches in franchise history. In his role with the Nuggets, Kroenke is involved in every aspect of day-to-day operations and represents the team at NBA ownership meetings.
During Kroenke’s tenure, the Nuggets adapted to numerous changes to win at least 50 games in five straight non work-stoppage seasons from 2007 to 2013. They also advanced to the 2009 Western Conference finals and captured two Northwest Division titles during that span.
Kroenke, 35, was named Vice President of Team Development in 2007 and moved into his current role as President and Governor in 2010. In addition to his duties with the Nuggets, he serves as President and Governor of the Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League) and Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer). In addition to his roles with the Nuggets, Avalanche, and Rapids, Kroenke works closely with KSE executives on multiple business operation issues, ranging from finance to marketing. In 2014, Kroenke was named to the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list. The annual list honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
During the 2010-11 season, Kroenke helped orchestrate one of the biggest trades in league history, completing a three-team, 13-player deal with the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 22, 2011. Kroenke and the Nuggets front office continued to improve its roster through the draft and the trade market, and the Nuggets went on to win a team-record 57 games during the 2012-13 season. It marked the 10th straight year Denver reached the playoffs – the second-longest active streak in the NBA at the time.
Over the past several seasons, Kroenke has ushered in new eras for both Nuggets basketball and Avalanche hockey. The Nuggets added to their young, energetic core in 2013 by hiring first-year General Manager/Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and in 2015 Kroenke and Connelly hired Michael Malone to be the franchise’s new head coach. In the summer of 2013, the Avalanche re-enlisted legends from their Stanley Cup championship teams by hiring Hall of Fame center Joe Sakic as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy as the team’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations. The Avalanche responded by winning the Central Division and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Their 112 points were the most by the club since their Stanley Cup Championship season in 2000-01. Kroenke, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, was instrumental in bringing the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game to Denver. The event, which will feature the Avalanche and the Red Wings playing at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016, will be the first ever NHL outdoor game in the State of Colorado.
Athletic competition has always been a passion for Kroenke, who attended the University of Missouri on a full basketball scholarship. He was a contributor during Missouri’s trip to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2002, and he earned Academic All-Big XII First Team honors while serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. After graduating with a degree in financial management, Kroenke 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 Avalanche and Nuggets, Kroenke serves on the Board of Directors for Arsenal Football Club in London and on the Board of Strategic Development for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. Kroenke is an active supporter of KSE charities and is involved in several other charitable endeavors, 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 was co-founded by his sister, Whitney, and benefits children worldwide by building schools that specialize in teaching 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 second season with the Denver Nuggets after being named assistant general manager in the summer of 2013.
Karnisovas (pronounced Car-NISH-O-Vas) assists 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.
Karnisovas, 43, joined 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 has also been very involved with USA Basketball since 2013, and this past summer he was a member of the coaching staff for the national team that won gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
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.
Arturas resides with his wife Gina and two sons Eric and Michael in Lone Tree.
Michael Malone is entering his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. He was named the 16th head coach in Denver’s NBA franchise history on June 15, 2015.
Malone possesses over 20 years of coaching experience, 14 coming in the NBA with five different teams – Golden State, New Orleans, Cleveland, New York and Sacramento. The teams that Malone has been a member of the coaching staff have amassed eight playoff appearances, including one NBA Finals showing and two conference finals appearances.
Before joining the Nuggets, Malone served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings where he posted a record of 39-67 spanning two seasons. Before his time with the Kings, Malone was the lead assistant for the Golden State Warriors under Mark Jackson from 2011-13 where they appeared in the playoffs both seasons.
Prior to Golden State, Malone worked as the lead assistant to Monty Williams in New Orleans and helped the Hornets achieve a 46-36 record and a trip to the 2011 NBA Playoffs. The Hornets were the most improved defensive team in the NBA in 2011, allowing a league-best 8.7 fewer points per game than in the previous campaign (94.0 ppg, after giving up 102.7 ppg in 2009-10).
Malone also served as an assistant coach under Mike Brown for the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons, during which the Cavs posted a 272-138 (.663) record, third-best mark in the NBA over that span. The Cavaliers made five consecutive playoff appearances during Malone’s time on the bench, reaching the NBA Finals in 2007 and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009. In 2008-09, the Cavs notched a franchise record and NBA-best 66 wins, with Malone and the rest of the team’s staff earning the right to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star squad. In 2009-10, the Cavaliers again captured the league’s best regular season record with 61 wins.
Malone’s NBA coaching career began with a four-season stint with the New York Knicks, where he originally joined Jeff Van Gundy’s staff as a coaching associate in the summer of 2001, and was promoted to assistant coach in May 2003.
Before joining the NBA, Malone coached seven years in the college ranks, with his last stop coming at Manhattan College where he was the lead assistant. During the 1998-99 season Malone worked at the University of Virginia as its director of men’s basketball administration. Malone also spent three seasons (1995-96 – 1997-98) at Providence College under New York Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pete Gillen after beginning his coaching career working for Greg Kampe at Oakland University in Michigan.
Malone is a two-time participant in the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, having coached at the league’s global outreach camps in Puerto Rico (2006) and Argentina (2005). He has also served several stints as the summer league head coach for the Hornets, Cavaliers and Knicks, and was one of six NBA coaches to participate in the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago in 2004 and 2005. Malone also served as an assistant coach for the Canadian Men’s Senior National Team for three years. He helped guide the Canadian team to a top-four finish in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship in Puerto Rico, qualifying Canada for the 2010 World Championships.
A native of Queens, New York, Malone played college basketball at Loyola College in Maryland, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1994. He is a graduate of New Jersey’s Seton Hall Prep where he played two years under Bob Farrell. Malone also played a season under Tom Blackburn at Worcester Academy (Mass.).
Michael is the son of longtime NBA coach and former Kings and current Detroit Pistons Assistant Coach Brendan Malone, who has coached over 27 years in the league.
He and his wife, Jocelyn, have two daughters, Caitlin and Bridget.
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 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
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.
Head Athletic Trainer
Dan Shimensky enters his eighth season with the Denver Nuggets and his first as Head Athletic Trainer. He is responsible for coordinating the treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries and is responsible for the team’s travel.
Shimensky served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the previous seven seasons before moving into his current role.
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 and licensed 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 his certification in applied functional science (CAFS) from 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.
In 2011, 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, his wife Heather, and son Hudson have two dogs named Suki and Koko.
His father, Mike, was a longtime NBA Athletic Trainer.
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.
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jason Miller begins his first year with the Denver Nuggets as Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Throughout the year, Miller will assist both Head Athletic Dan Shimensky and Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning Steve Hess. Some of his duties include treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, strengthening and conditioning of players, administering concussion tests and ordering of medical supplies.
Miller’s background includes extensive experience in the medical field for a variety of sports. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in exercise science, Miller spent two years as a graduate assistant with Auburn University’s football program while he received his master’s degree in higher education.
Miller then transitioned to head trainer for Auburn’s men’s basketball program for four years before taking the head trainer job with the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball program. During his three-year stretch with UConn, Miller was a part of the 2004 NCAA National Title winning team led by Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor.
His next stop was with the University of Washington where he spent one year as both the assistant trainer for the football team and the head trainer for the baseball team. Miller then jumped back to basketball as the head athletic trainer for the Oklahoma State men’s team for eight years before being hired to his current role with Denver.
Miller and his wife Teresa reside in Denver with their sons Henry (3) and Sawyer who was born on Sept. 22, 2014.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Felipe Eichenberger enters his fourth season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Denver Nuggets. Eichenberger assists Steve Hess with the team’s weight training, conditioning and nutritional programs.
A native of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, Eichenberger attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was a member of the basketball team all four years and graduated with his degree in health and sports science.
Eichenberger interned for a sports development organization in Las Vegas where he trained current and future NBA players after graduating college. He then came to Denver to work as a personal trainer specializing in athletic strength and conditioning at Forza Fitness for three years before being hired into his current role with the Nuggets.
Eichenberger is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is in the process of earning his master’s degree in Kinesiology.
Dr. Short joined the Denver Nuggets in the fall of 2014 as the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Prior to joining the Nuggets, Short served in private practice at Back in Motion Physical Therapy in Kingsford, MI.
Short graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Dayton after serving with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2013-14 season. While at UD, Short conducted research for multiple NBA organizations, presented research nationally and was awarded the UD DPT Student Achievement Award.
From 2005-2010, he earned a dual undergraduate degree in Biology and Exercise Science from Michigan Tech University while quarterbacking the Huskies football team. Short also received a Minor in Psychology, a Certificate in Coaching and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist during his tenure.
Currently, Short is working on post-graduate studies in addition to his duties with the Nuggets. He has obtained certifications in various clinical subspecialties, with a focus on manual therapy, and has set out for board certification through American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
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.