Bryan Colangelo Bio
President and General Manager
Bryan Colangelo, who enters his seventh season as the Suns president and 11th as general manager, was named The Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year after the Suns completed the third-greatest turnaround in NBA history while winning the Pacific Division Championship in 2004-05.
Colangelo, 40, built the Suns through a series of forward-thinking moves, beginning with the controversial trade of All-Star Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway to New York on January 5, 2004 creating the cap space necessary to sign eventual NBA MVP Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson, among others. Under the direction of the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni, the new-look Suns finished a league-best 62-20 last season after posting a 29-53 record in 2003-04.
The 17-year Suns executive is part of the new ownership group that purchased the Suns on June 30, 2004 and he oversees all basketball operations of the NBA franchise. He is also part of the six-member management committee that governs the club, in addition to his duties as an alternate governor on the NBA’s Board of Governors. Colangelo, who represents the Suns on the NBA’s Competition Committee, previously held the positions of scout, assistant director of player personnel, and vice president/assistant general manager with the Suns, where he was directly involved in all aspects of player personnel, including evaluation, draft selection and transactions. He has also served as tournament director of the NIKE Desert Classic, an annual college All-Star basketball tournament held in Phoenix, from 1993 through 2001.
During Colangelo’s tenure as general manager, the Suns have appeared in the NBA Playoffs eight of the last 10 seasons while posting an overall record of 439-349 (.557). Through various trades and free-agent moves, Colangelo has brought some of the league’s best and most recognizable players to the Suns including All-NBA/All-Stars Tom Gugliotta, Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Marbury and Antonio McDyess. Colangelo and his staff have landed the team top-flight players like Shawn Marion, Amaré Stoudemire, Michael Finley and Nash via the draft.
In May 2005, Colangelo was named to the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Program Advisory Panel charged with selecting teams for the 2006 FIBA World Championship (Saitama, Japan), 2007 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (TBA) and the 2008 Olympics (Beijing, China). This appointment follows a four-year commitment to the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Committee from 2001 through 2005, where he helped select teams for the 2001 Goodwill Games (Brisbane, Australia), the 2002 World Championship of Basketball (Indianapolis, Indiana), the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the 2004 Olympics (Athens, Greece).
Colangelo’s accomplishments and influence in sports and business were recognized nationally when he was named to the “40 Under 40” most influential group by Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal in 2000. Closer to home, he was selected the top business leader under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal in 1999 and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership presented him with the Unsung Hero Award in 1997.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Suns, Colangelo served as president of Phoenix Arena Sports (PAS), the owning entity of the Arizona Rattlers (Arena Football League) and the operating entity of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) from June 1991 through June 2002. He managed the business administration, team operations and marketing sales of the Rattlers, Mercury and other exhibition events including tennis, hockey, indoor soccer, boxing and volleyball. Highlights of his involvement with PAS include the 1997 and 1994 (the state of Arizona’s first) World Championship campaigns of the Rattlers, setting the league attendance mark with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA’s inaugural season, overseeing the Mercury’s run into the 1998 WNBA Finals and his selection as the AFL’s 1993 Executive of the Year. The Rattlers also won the AFL Commissioner’s Award as the top franchise on and off the field for an unprecedented five straight years from 1996 to 2000.
A 1983 graduate of Central High in Phoenix, Colangelo remains active in the community serving on the board of directors of the Arizona Zoological Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Phoenix Suns Charities. He recently completed posts on the board of directors of the Arizona Sports Council (Grand Canyon State Games), Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Phoenix Art Museum and he has served as co-chair of the annual Black Family and Child Services dinner. Appointed by former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza in 1999, Colangelo recently completed a three-year term as an executive committee member and vice chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC).
A 1987 graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor of science degree in business management and applied economics, Colangelo and his wife Barbara are parents of a son, Mattia and a daughter, Sofia.