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Wednesday August 8, 2007 1:57 PM

Cooper promoted to vice president of player personnel

Rosas elevated to director of scouting

HOUSTON -- The Rockets made a pair of promotions within their basketball operations staff on Wednesday, elevating Dean Cooper to vice president of player personnel and Gersson Rosas to director of scouting.

"Dean has played a vital role in the success of the Rockets over many years," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. "He has valuable experience in all aspects of the organization. The Rockets are fortunate to have him as a key member of our staff going forward. Gersson has been performing at a high level in his position for some time and his promotion is recognition of the important role he will continue to play."

Cooper will be responsible for evaluating draft prospects, free agents and potential trades. Along with that, he will oversee the coordination of national and international scouting activities.

Cooper is entering his ninth season with the Rockets, working the past three as director of scouting. During his first five years in Houston, Cooper split time as a video coordinator/scout, assistant coach and NBA personnel scout. He has also been serving as the camp director in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program.

"I want to thank owner Leslie Alexander and Daryl Morey for the opportunity to move forward as a Rocket," Cooper said. "I've learned a lot from Daryl in the short time we've worked together and look forward to working with him on the continued success of the organization. I also appreciate the tutelage of Carroll Dawson and his staff who taught me the 'Rocket Way' of strong ideals, measures and processes."

Rosas is being promoted to director of scouting after serving three seasons as the team's personnel video coordinator. Before that, Rosas was the head coach of the Global Games Prep U.S. Team in 2004. Rosas coached future NBA stars Gerald Green (Minnesota) and C.J. Miles (Utah) on a team consisting of top prep players 18-and-under.

Rosas, who began his career in scouting as an intern for the Rockets in 2001-02, has worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, as an assistant coach at Westbury Christian High School and as a basketball coordinator for the Venezuelan Basketball Federation during the 2002 World Basketball Championships. He has also been a camp coach in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program and at the Reebok RBKU Camp.

"Gersson has proven to be an essential member of our staff," Cooper said. "His contributions have been instrumental to the success of basketball operations."

In addition to the promotions, the Rockets named Phil Jabour as personnel video coordinator. Jabour had been an intern with the team's scouting staff prior to his hire.