Team Contact Information:Denver Nuggets
1000 Chopper Circle
Denver, CO 80204
|Owner||E. Stanley Kroenke|
|President & Governor||Josh Kroenke|
|President of Basketball Operations||Tim Connelly|
|Vice President of Basketball Strategy & Analytics||Calvin Booth|
|Director of Basketball Operations||Ben Tenzer|
|Vice President of Basketball Administration||Lisa Johnson|
|Director of Team Operations/Player Development||Amy O'Brien|
|Lead Scout||Herb Livsey|
|Director of Scouting||Jim Clibanoff|
|Manager of Player Personnel||Scott Howard|
|Pro Personnel Scout/Player Development||Joe Connelly|
|International Scout||Rafael Juc|
|Assistant GM||Tommy Balcetis|
|Sr. Analyst, Basketball Analytics||Layne Vashro|
|Basketball Operations Associate||Jonathan Wallace|
|Basketball Operations Associate||Dethie Fall|
|Head Coach||Michael Malone|
|Associate Head Coach||Wes Unseld Jr.|
|Assistant Coach||David Adelman|
|Assistant Coach||Jordi Fernandez|
|Assistant Coach||Ryan Bowen|
|Assistant Coach||Charles Klask|
|Assistant Coach||John Beckett|
|Advance Scout/Assistant Coach||Elvis Valcarcel|
|Director Player Development||Ognjen Stojakovic|
|Player Development||Stephen Graham|
|Player Development||Boniface N'Dong|
|Special Assistant to the Head Coach||Andrew Munson|
|Assitant Video Coordinator||Travess Armenta|
|Video Room Associate||Jordan Bickerstaff|
|Head Athletic Trainer||Dan Shimensky|
|Director of Performance / Head Strength & Conditioning Coach||Felipe Eichenberger|
|Vice President of Sports Medicine||Steve Short|
|Associate Head Athletic Trainer||Jason Miller|
|Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach||Claus Antunes de Souza|
|Director of Sports Science / Physical Therapist||Matt Tuttle|
|Massage Therapist||Stephanie Jackson|
|Equipment Manager||Sparky Gonzales|
|Assistant Equipment Manager||Gene Marquez|
|Director of Media Relations||Nick O'Hayre|
|Media Relations Manager||Cody Wise|
|Media Relations Coordinator||Steven Blevins|
|Director of Team Security||Kevin Jackson|
|Assistant, Team Security||Terry Randolf|
Team Orthopedic Medicine (UCHealth)
|Team Orthopedist||Dr. Jason Dragoo (Head Team Orthopedic Physician)|
|Team Orthopedist||Dr. Kenneth Hunt|
Team Sports Medicine (UCHealth)
|Team Primary Care||Dr. Morteza Khodaee (Head Team Primary Care Medicine)|
|Team Primary Care||Dr. Jack Spittler|
|Team Primary Care||Dr. Karin VanBaak|
|Team Cardiologist||Dr. Matthew Zipse|
|Team Cardiologist||Dr. Bill Cornwell|
|Team Psychologist||Dr. Alex Reed|
|Team Psychologist||Dr. Shandra Brown Levey|
|Team Psychiatrist||Dr. Jacqueline Calderone|
Team Dentistry (Southbridge Dentistry)
|Team Dentist||Dr. Stephen Barker (Co-Head Team Dentist)|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Brian Svoboda (Co-Head Team Dentist)|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Alison Hoover|
|Team Dentist||Dr. Shane Bowen|
|Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery||Dr. Aaron Liddell|
|Team Orthodontist||Dr. Gary Holt|
|Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery||Dr. Rich McClain|
Team Ophthalmology (UCHealth)
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Naresh Mandava (Co-Head Team Ophthalmologist)|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Richard Davidson (Co-Head Team Ophthalmologist)|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Sophie Liao|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Jasleen Singh|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Leonard Seibold|
|Team Ophthalmologist||Dr. Ronald Wise|
Team Paramedics (Stadium Medical)
|Head Team Paramedic||Roger Ames|
Basketball Operations Bios
E. Stanley Kroenke
Owner/Chairman, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC
Mr. E. Stanley Kroenke became owner of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Pepsi Center on July 6, 2000.
The Nuggets are coming off a trip to the NBA Western Conference Finals in 2019-20, a run that included becoming the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3 games-to-1 series deficit twice in the same playoffs. The Avalanche have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons—the third-longest streak in franchise history—and have advanced to the second round in back-to-back postseasons for the first time since 2006.
Under Mr. Kroenke’s leadership, the Nuggets were one of only two NBA teams to make the playoffs in all 10 seasons from 2003 through 2013, which included a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2009. From 2006 to 2011, Denver won 50+ games in four consecutive years for the first time in team history and followed that up by winning a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13. Kroenke has overseen two NBA Executive of the Year winners as well as one Coach of the Year award.
Since Kroenke became owner, the Avalanche won a Stanley Cup (2001), captured four division championships (2000-03, 2013-14), won the Presidents’ Trophy (2001) and hosted the NHL All-Star Game (2001). During his first five years of ownership, the Avalanche sold out every home game and went on to post an NHL record 487 consecutive game sellout streak. The Avalanche have been chosen by the NHL to host two outdoor games in the past five years, as the organization hosted the 2016 Stadium Series at Coors Field and the 2020 Stadium Series at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
In the summer of 2011, Kroenke elevated Josh Kroenke to team President and Governor of the Nuggets. In his expanded role, Josh Kroenke hired Tim Connelly as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in July 2013 and named Michael Malone as Head Coach in June 2015. Two years later, in the summer of 2013, Mr. Kroenke oversaw the elevation of Josh Kroenke to team President of the Avalanche. Josh Kroenke then named Joe Sakic the club’s Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Off the ice and court, one of Kroenke’s priorities has been the Colorado community. More than $17 million in contributions have been made to Colorado charities through Kroenke Sports Charities and the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets Community Funds. The Avalanche and Nuggets continue to be strong supporters of youth hockey and basketball in the state of Colorado through initiatives such as donating all game program sales to youth hockey and basketball teams, as well as sponsoring the Avalanche International Pee-Wee Qualifier Tournament and providing numerous youth basketball camps to help teach the game to local children. Additionally, the Kroenke family donated $1 million to the Red Cross organization following the hurricanes that devastated the coastal regions of the country in August 2017.
Denver-based Kroenke Sports & Entertainment owns Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids and the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth. The Rapids hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2007 and 2015 and won the MLS Cup championship in 2010. The Mammoth has been a playoff participant in all but one of its seasons and won the NLL championship in 2006. The Mammoth also hosted the NLL All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009.
In June 2011, Kroenke became the majority shareholder of Arsenal FC, the storied English Premier League football club. The St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) won the Super Bowl in 2000 while Mr. Kroenke was a co- owner; he became the team’s principal owner in August 2010. The Rams won the NFC championship during the 2018 season and played in Super Bowl LIII.
Overall, the Avalanche, Nuggets, Rapids and Mammoth have made 48 playoff appearances, won three league championships and hosted five All-Star Games since 2000-01. Arsenal won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League in 19 consecutive seasons from 1998-99 to 2016-17, the second longest run ever.
In addition to his success as a team owner, Kroenke has been a pioneer in television programming. In September 2004, Kroenke launched Altitude Sports & Entertainment, a 24-hour regional television network that is the broadcast home for the Avalanche, Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids. Altitude also airs professional, collegiate and high school sporting events throughout the Rocky Mountain region. KSE expanded its media position in 2013 with the acquisition of Outdoor Channel and in 2014 with the acquisition of Sportsman Channel. KSE also owns World Fishing Network.
KSE Radio owns three Denver FM radio stations, KIMN-FM (Mix 100.3), KXKL-FM (Kool 105) and KKSE-FM (Altitude Sports Radio 92.5), the radio broadcast home of the Avalanche, Nuggets, Mammoth and Rapids. KSE Radio also owns one Denver AM station, KKSE (Altitude Sports Radio 950 AM).
The Pepsi Center, a KSE-operated facility and the largest indoor arena, event center and concert venue in Colorado, is the home arena for the Avalanche, Nuggets and Mammoth. On April 7, 2007, KSE opened Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, one of the largest soccer specific complexes in the world. The state-of-the-art sports facility sits on more than 160 acres in Commerce City, Colorado, and holds 18,000 fans for field sports and up to 27,000 for concerts. KSE also owns the Paramount Theatre, a historic landmark in downtown Denver, and through Peak Entertainment, LLC, a joint venture between KSE and AEG Live Rocky Mountains, co-manages 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, a multi-use arena accommodating up to 6,500 people for a variety of events. Pepsi Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the Paramount Theatre and 1STBANK Center are home to more than 300 events annually, including world- renowned acts such as Garth Brooks, U2, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen.
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 Kroenke one of the most significant people in the Denver arts and entertainment community, saying “no other person entertains more people more often.”
Kroenke is the 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 four decades, he has built a reputation as one of the nation’s leading real estate developers.
A member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Kroenke holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. In addition to their son Josh, who is President and Governor of the Avalanche and Nuggets and Vice Chairman of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Stan and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, an award-winning documentary film producer.
President & Governor, Denver Nuggets & Colorado Avalanche
Josh Kroenke was promoted to Vice Chairman of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment in the July of 2018. He begins his 11th season as team President/Governor for the Denver Nuggets and Governor of the Avalanche, as he was named to those positions in the summer of 2010. He assumed the additional title of Avalanche team President in 2013, making the upcoming 2020-21 campaign his eighth in that role.
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 (now President of Basketball Operations). In 2015 Kroenke and Connelly hired Michael Malone to be the franchise’s new head coach who finished third in the NBA Coach of the Year voting in 2018-19. The summer of 2017 saw Kroenke and company land one of the largest free agents in the organization’s history by inking four-time All-Star Paul Millsap to a multiyear contract. He recently extended the contracts of franchise cornerstones Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Jokic was named an All-Star each of the last two seasons and First Team All-NBA in 2018-19 and Second Team in 2019-20.
During Kroenke’s tenure with the Nuggets they have registered six 50+ win seasons, two Western Conference Finals appearances and three Northwest Division titles. He has overseen two NBA Executive of the Year awards, one NBA Coach of the Year award, seven All-Star selections, five All-NBA selections and five players selected to All-Rookie teams. 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, retooling the Nuggets roster that went on to win a team-record 57 games during the 2012-13 season.
In the summer of 2013, Kroenke named Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Sakic as Executive Vice President/General Manager/Alternate Governor of the Avalanche. The Avalanche responded by winning the Central Division and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The past three seasons have seen the Avalanche make three consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in 14 years and advance to the second round in each of the last two years.
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 featured the Avalanche and the Red Wings playing at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016, was the first ever NHL outdoor game in the State of Colorado. The 2019-20 season saw the Avalanche host its second outdoor game in four years, this time at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, 2020 against the Los Angeles Kings.
In November 2017, the Avalanche was selected by the NHL to participate in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, which featured a pair of regular-season games against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden. These were the first regular-season games ever played by the Avs in Europe.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Nuggets and Avalanche, Kroenke serves as Alternate Governor for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) and is on the Board of Directors for Arsenal Football Club (English Premier League) in London. In his role as Vice Chairman of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, he works closely with KSE executives on multiple business operation.
In 2014, Kroenke was named to the SportsBusiness Daily’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list. The annual list honors the most promising young executives in sports business under the age of 40.
Additionally, Kroenke has spearheaded numerous business initiatives throughout Ball Arena and the Nuggets and Avalanche organizations. In 2013 he oversaw the installation of a 4,400 square foot HD center-hung scoreboard, one of the largest and most technologically advanced scoreboards in a professional sports arena. In just the past two years he has unveiled new home, road and alternate jerseys for the Nuggets, overseen the complete redesign of the Nuggets’ locker room, training room and players’ lounge, and introduced Club Lexus, offering exclusive amenities and services to Nuggets and Avalanche ticket-holders.
Kroenke is also leading KSE into the fast-growing area of eSports. Instrumental in the decision to create KSE eSports, Kroenke acquired the inaugural franchise in Activision/ Blizzard’s Overwatch league, now known as the Los Angeles Gladiators. As co-founder of KSE eSports with his father Stan, Josh has helped guide all elements of the operation including branding and launch of the team in January 2018.
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 sixmonth internship with the NBA’s League Office working in its Player Development Department. Upon finishing his internship, Kroenke worked on Wall Street where he assisted with the debt underwriting and securitization of numerous commercial real estate transactions.
Away from the Nuggets and Avalanche, 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 Kroenke Sports Charities and the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche Community Funds. He 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. He currently serves on the Board of Strategic Development for the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.
President of Basketball Operations
Tim Connelly begins his eighth season with the Denver Nuggets and his fourth as President of Basketball Operations. He previously served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations after being hired to that role in July 2013. Connelly works closely with President and Governor Josh Kroenke in all aspects of team and organizational matters as they aim to keep the Nuggets among the NBA elite.
During his tenure in Denver, Connelly and his staff have shown their knack for finding talent throughout the draft, highlighted by the selection of two-time All-Star Nikola Jokic with the 41st pick of the second round in 2014. He has also overseen the drafting of current starters Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, as well as promising prospects, Michael Porter Jr., Monte Morris and Bol Bol over the past seven seasons. Additionally, Connelly has helped draw the interest of free agents to Denver, including the signing of Paul Millsap in the summer of 2017.
Connelly has helped orchestrate the team’s turnaround in recent years as the Nuggets have ascended towards the top of the Western Conference. Denver has captured two straight Northwest Division titles (2018-19, 2019-20), marking the first time since 2008-09 and 2009-10 that the franchise repeated as division champions and just the fifth time in division history there was a repeat winner. Additionally, the Nuggets captured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs in 2020, making the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013.
Denver advanced to the Western Conference Finals last season, the first time for the franchise since 2009. It also marked the first time since 1985 and 1986 that Denver secured a playoff series win in consecutive years and they became the first team in NBA history to overcome two 3-1 series deficits in the same postseason.
Connelly, spent three seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans as their assistant general manager before coming to Denver. 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 traveled 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. In 2018, Connelly traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel and served as a coach as part of the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program. He also worked in Moscow, Russia in 2012 for the program and his first experience with “BWB” came in the summer of 2006 in South Africa. That same summer he was involved with the Seed Academy in Dakar, Senegal. He has served on the board of GEN Basketball Academy, a Sarajevo-based academy funded by NATO, and has assisted with their youth camps. 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.
Connelly 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.
Connelly and his wife Negah have orchestrated vast community events, including hosting an annual Mile-High Ping Pong Challenge which benefits local Denver community organizations.
Vice President of Basketball Strategy & Analytics
Calvin Booth enters his first season as General Manager with the Denver Nuggets after spending the previous three seasons as Assistant General Manager. Prior to his tenure in Denver, Booth spent four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves as Director of Player Personnel and most recently as Director of Pro Personnel.
Booth assists Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and President and Governor Josh Kroenke with all day-to-day operations, scouting, and player personnel matters.
Booth enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (1999-2009) with the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings.
In 366 career games, 83 starts, the 6-11 forward/center averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. Booth appeared in seven games for Sacramento in the 2008-09 season before retiring in the summer of 2009. After his playing career, he served as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets in 2012-13.
Booth, a native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, played college basketball at Penn State from 1995-99 and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior.
Booth and his wife, Keisha, and their daughters, Carter (17) and Camble (10), and sons, Carey (15) and Clarke (7) reside in Denver.
Director of Basketball Operations
Ben Tenzer enters his eighth season as the Nuggets Director of Basketball Operations and 12th in the organization, working closely with President and Governor of KSE Josh Kroenke and President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly on day-to-day management, legal, and operational issues; with a focus on the salary cap and the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Tenzer, 36, rejoined the Nuggets organization in 2013 after previously working in various capacities for the front office from 2005-2009.
His background includes working for the NBA Vegas Summer League (2005-2012), Adidas Nations (2010-2012), and Wasserman Media Group (2010). He was also a member of the NBA’s global outreach program, Basketball Without Borders-Africa, in 2007 and 2008.
Tenzer, a Los Angeles native, is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He is a member, and in good standing, of the State Bar of California.
He and his wife, Allie and daughter Sophie reside in Denver.
Vice President of Basketball Administration
Lisa Johnson enters her 40th season with the Denver Nuggets, where she has spent her entire professional career.
Upon graduation from the University of Denver, Johnson worked her way up through the organization beginning in season ticket sales, receptionist/front office assistant, community relations, media relations and basketball operations before entering her current role as Vice President of Basketball Administration seven seasons ago.
Her job duties include working closely with the various departments throughout KSE with the day-to-day business operations of the organization. Johnson also oversees the team travel, player appearance program, NBA game scheduling, basketball staff ticketing, arena security, and special Nuggets related events.
Lisa has strong roots to Denver and Colorado, she grew up in Littleton where she now resides with her husband Jim. Together they enjoy traveling, Native American art and culture, gardening, horseback riding, music and supporting the local sports teams as well as the theatre and the arts. They also make sure to find time amidst the hectic NBA life for good friends, good food and good wine.
Director of Team Operations and Player Development
Amy O’Brien enters her 16th season with the Denver Nuggets and her eighth year as the Director of Team Operations and Player Development.
Her job duties include serving as a liaison for agents, the NBA, and players with the team. O’Brien also makes sure that “off-the-court” doesn’t affect life “on-the-court”. She helps players with goal setting like financial security, life after basketball, being better family members and helping the community.
O’Brien, a native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, graduated from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management in 2003. While in school she interned with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their Basketball Operations department and spent time as an intern in the marketing department for the Boston Celtics.
Amy began her work in Community Relations with the Nuggets in 2005 and after spending several seasons in that role, she transitioned to the front office as Basketball Operations Coordinator in 2010.
O’Brien who enjoys being active in the community and outdoor activities, resides in Denver with her husband Ryan and two sons, Connor (6) and Cooper (4).
Director of Scouting
Jim Clibanoff enters his eighth season with the Denver Nuggets front office as the Director of Scouting.
Prior to joining the Nuggets, Clibanoff created and was president his own scouting service called “ClibHoops” to which NBA and international clubs subscribed. Over the 10 years the service ran, Clibanoff appeared as a consultant to various media outlets, providing insights on the NBA Draft and pro prospects from around the world.
Clibanoff, a native of Philadelphia, graduated from Tufts University in 1989 and got his start as Director of Player Personnel for the USBL’s Philadelphia Spirit in 1991. Over the subsequent years, he earned his juris doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law while continuing his basketball career. Following his time with the Spirit, he continued to evaluate professional players from all over the globe and helped several secure employment in various leagues around the world before starting his personal scouting service.
Clibanoff resides in the Philly suburbs with his wife Felice and his two daughters Elle and Remie.
Manager of Player Personnel
Scott Howard is entering his sixth season with the Denver Nuggets front office and his fifth as Manager of Player Personnel. He was originally hired as Director of College Scouting prior to the 2015-16 season.
Prior to joining the Nuggets, Howard spent eight seasons with the Charlotte organization as their Director of Scouting. He spent the previous season as a scout with the Milwaukee Bucks, and spent two years before that with the Toronto Raptors as Director of International Player Personnel, where he was responsible for all aspects of player personnel outside of North America and coordinated player workouts ahead of the NBA Draft. He also served as a scout for the Washington Wizards from 2000-04.
Howard also spent 17 years as a collegiate coach, including seven seasons at the University of Miami, three seasons at the University of Nebraska, and one season each at Southern Illinois, Drake and Southern California.
Howard received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1983 from Iowa State University, where he was a two-year letterman for the basketball team. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Iowa in 1985 while serving as a volunteer assistant and graduate assistant coach.
Tommy Balcetis enters his first season as assistant general manager after spending last season as Vice President of Basketball Strategy and Analytics. This will be Balcetis’ eighth season with the Denver Nuggets after previously serving as Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics for three seasons. He also served as the Manager of Basketball Analytics from 2013 to 2016.
Balcetis works closely with President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and General Manager Calvin Booth on day-to-day operations related to scouting, salary cap, and other player personnel matters, along with the Nuggets coaching staff on all analytical assignments.
Balcetis graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Psychology. His background includes working for the NBA League offices in London, England in the international media department from 2012 to 2013 and served as a business consultant at Fidelity Investments from 2010 to 2012.
Balcetis, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, played basketball at the Sarunas Marculionis Basketball Academy before attending school in the United States. He resides in Denver with his wife Rasa and son.
Michael Malone enters his sixth 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 and currently ranks fourth alltime amongst Nuggets head coaches with 219 wins.
Last season saw Coach Malone lead the Nuggets to a 46-27 record in a COVID-19 shortened season, as they captured their second Northwest Division title in as many years. It marked the first time since 2008-09 and 2009-10 that the franchise repeated as division champions and just the fifth time in division history there was a repeat winner. Denver clinched the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs, making the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013.
In the Orlando Bubble, Malone helped lead the Nuggets to a 4-3 first round series victory over the Utah Jazz, as they joined elite company, becoming the 12th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series. It also marked the first time since 1985 and 1986 that Denver secured a playoff series win in consecutive years. In the second round, the Nuggets overcame another 3-1 deficit, defeating the L.A. Clippers 4-3, becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from down 3-1 twice in a single postseason. Denver advanced to the Western Conference Finals for fourth time in franchise history and the first since 2009.
Since Malone has taken over prior to the 2015-16 season, the Nuggets have improved on their win total in four of five seasons with the only exception being the 2019-20 shortened season (+3 after 15-16, +7 after 16-17, +6 after 17-18 and +8 in 18-19).
Malone possesses over 23 years of coaching experience, 19 coming in the NBA with six different teams – New York, Cleveland, New Orleans, Golden State, Sacramento and Denver. The teams that Malone has been a member of the coaching staff have amassed 11 playoff appearances, including one NBA Finals showing and three conference finals appearances. Malone and his staff also were selected to coach Team LeBron at the 2019 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte, NC, defeating Team Giannis 178-164.
Before joining the Nuggets, Malone served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings for 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 clinched a postseason berth in 2013, their first since 2007.
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, the 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 three-time participant in the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, having coached at the league’s global outreach camps in Africa (2017), Puerto Rico (2006) and Argentina (2005). In 2017 Malone traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa where he spent a week coaching at the BWB camps and then served as an assistant coach for Team Africa, for the NBA Africa Game 2017.
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 Brendan Malone, who has coached over 28 years in the league.
He and his wife, Jocelyn, have two daughters, Caitlin and Bridget.
MICHAEL MALONE’S COACHING RESUME
2015-16 – Present Denver Nuggets Head Coach
2013-14 – 2014-15 Sacramento Kings Head Coach
2011-12 – 2012-13 Golden State Warriors Lead Assistant Coach
2010-11 New Orleans Hornets Lead Assistant Coach
2005-06 – 2009-10 Cleveland Cavaliers Assistant Coach
2003-04 – 2004-05 New York Knicks Assistant Coach
2001-02 – 2002-03 New York Knicks Coaching Associate
1999-00 – 2000-01 Manhattan (NCAA I) Assistant Coach
1998-99 Virginia (NCAA I) Director of Men’s Basketball Administration
1995-96 – 1997-98 Providence (NCAA I) Assistant Coach
1994-95 Oakland (NCAA II) Assistant Coach
Wes Unseld Jr.
Associate Head Coach
Wes Unseld Jr. begins his first season as Associate Head Coach after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach for the Nuggets.
Previously, Unseld spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic (2012-2014) and spent the 2011-12 campaign as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
Prior to joining Golden State, Unseld spent 13 seasons with the Washington Wizards, including six seasons as an assistant coach from 2005-11. He played a key role in player development for the Wizards, helping Washington to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2004-08. Unseld’s scouting reports were also vital to the team’s game planning and preparation.
Unseld began his NBA career in 1997, just four days after graduating from John Hopkins University, as a professional and college scout for Washington. He was promoted later that same year to advance scout. In addition to his nineyear tenure as advance pro scout for the Wizards, he also spent three seasons (1998-2000) as an advance scout for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. In 1998, Unseld spent part of the season serving as an assistant coach for the Mystics.
A native of Maryland and the son of Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, Unseld Jr. played on the men’s basketball team at John Hopkins for three seasons. He and his wife Evelyn have two children, Layla and Wes.
David Adelman begins his fourth season as assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets.
Adelman served as an assistant coach during the 2016-17 season with the Orlando Magic before starting his tenure in Denver. He also spent the previous five seasons (2011-16) with Minnesota, including the final three as an assistant coach. His NBA career began in 2011 as a player development coach. He also served as head coach for the Timberwolves summer league team for three seasons. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, Adelman spent five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon.
Adelman went 83-53 (.610) during his five seasons at Lincoln, leading the Cardinals to three Portland Interscholastic district championships (2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11). He also guided Lincoln to the Oregon Class 6A state championship final in 2009. Adelman was named PIL Coach of the Year three times.
Prior to coaching at Lincoln, Adelman was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jesuit High School in Portland, from 2001-06, helping the team win the state championship in 2005. He also helped Jesuit capture a state title as a player in 1999.
Adelman has participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program, serving as a coach in Russia, China and Africa. He has also served as head coach at numerous clinics and camps, including Adidas Nations and the Pan Pacific Games. Adelman attended the University of Portland before joining the Jesuit staff.
Adelman is the son of Rick Adelman, who served as an NBA head coach for 23 seasons. He has a degree in history from Southern New Hampshire University. Adelman and his wife, Jenny, have one son, Leonard Joseph (L.J.), and one daughter, Lennan Marie.
Jordi Fernandez, a native of Badalona, Spain, enters his fifth season with the Denver Nuggets coaching staff after previously serving as the head coach of the Canton Charge from 2014 - 2016.
Fernandez was named the third Canton Charge head coach in team history on September 18, 2014. In two seasons, he led the Charge to a 62-38 regular season record including two appearances in the D-League Eastern Conference Finals.
Previously to becoming the head coach, Fernandez was the lead assistant for Steve Hetzel with the Canton Charge for one season. He has also spent four seasons as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers after originally being hired by Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown prior to the 2009-10 season.
Fernandez has also served as an assistant coach at an international level for the Spanish National Team, most recently at EuroBasket 2017 and previously at the 2013 U-19 World Championships in Prague and for Club Basquet l’Hospitalet of the Spanish professional league. He also worked as a player development coach with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.
Ryan Bowen enters his sixth season with the Denver Nuggets coaching staff and his 10th season as an assistant coach in the NBA. Bowen spent two seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13) with Denver before joining Coach Malone’s staff in Sacramento and then returned to the Nuggets in 2015. In his role with Denver, he assists in all aspects on the coaching staff, including on-court player development.
A 10-year NBA veteran, he appeared in 507 career games with the Nuggets (1999-2000 – 2003-04), Houston Rockets (2004-05 – 2005-06), New Orleans Hornets (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-10). His professional experience includes time playing overseas for Oyak Renault (Turkey) and Ironi Nahariya (Israel). Bowen was selected by the Nuggets in the second round (55th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft and was recently selected to the Nuggets All-Time Top 50 players voted on by local media.
As a collegian, Bowen enjoyed a four-year career at the University of Iowa, posting 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest during his senior year in 1997-98. He finished his career at Iowa as the school’s career field goal percentage leader (.575) and career steals leader (208) and ranks fourth in blocks (124) and eighth in rebounds (804). A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Bowen was inducted into the Iowa Boys Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Following retirement from professional basketball in 2009, Bowen returned to his alma mater as video coordinator for the Hawkeyes, working in that capacity for one season before departing Iowa City for a spot on the Nuggets coaching staff. A native of Fort Madison, Iowa, Bowen and his wife, Wendy, have a daughter, Isabel, and two sons, Benjamin and Zachary.
Charles Klask enters his third season with the Denver Nuggets after spending the previous four years with the Detroit Pistons coaching staff.
Klask spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach/advance scout with the Brooklyn Nets. He also served as an assistant coach with the Pistons from 2011-13 and worked for the Orlando Magic from 2002-11 as a video coordinator, advance scout and the last three years as the scouting information manager.
Before joining the Magic, Klask got his start in the NBA with the Pistons as a video coordinating intern in the summer of 2001 and then became the video coordinator of the Detroit Shock of the WNBA. The previous two years he worked as a coaching assistant with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA and worked as an assistant coach for the Dodge City Legend of the USBL during the summer of 2000.
A native of Livonia, MI, Klask attended Livonia Stevenson High School and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He and his wife, Brienne, have two children.
John Beckett enters his seventh season on the Nuggets coaching staff and second as an assistant
coach after spending the previous four seasons as Director of Player Development.
Prior to coming to Denver, Beckett was an assistant coach with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League where he was responsible for conducting individual pregame 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 opponents throughout the season.
Before joining the 87ers, Beckett spent nine years with the Atlanta Hawks (2004-13), 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 spent 14 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 14th season with the Denver Nuggets and his seventh as Head Athletic Trainer. In addition to helping keep the Nuggets health top priority, Dan also takes on various duties within the organization that makes the ballclub run fluently; one of which is coordinating the team’s travel.
Along with being a certified and licensed (Colorado) 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. Dan is also a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) through Mike Boyle’s strength and conditioning program. Furthermore, he has obtained his certification in dry needling under the guidelines of Dr. Yun-tao Ma’s Systemic Dry Needling for Sport Performance, and in the use of the Personalized Tourniquet System for Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) rehabilitation under the Owens Recovery Science program.
Shimensky served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the previous seven seasons (2007-2014) before moving into his current role. During this time he served as an executive committee member representing the Western Conference Assistant Athletic Trainers during the 2013-2014 NBA season.
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 2009, Shimensky was 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 and his wife Heather have a family that includes their two sons, Hudson and Harris, daughter Henley and their dog named Koko.
His father, Mike, was a longtime NBA Athletic Trainer.
Director of Performance / Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Felipe Eichenberger begins his first season as the Nuggets Director of Performance/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach after spending the previous three seasons as the teams Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. In this role he is responsible for all the team’s weight training, conditioning, daily tracking and load management, and nutritional programs.
Eichenberger came to Denver prior to the 2011-12 campaign and served five seasons as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach before being named the Associate Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the 2016-17 season.
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 before being hired by the Nuggets.
He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS*RSCC) and owns a master’s degree in Kinesiology. He is also certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through NASM, RPR, EXOS and PPSC certified, and is finishing his Muscle Activation Technique specialist certification.
Eichenberger resides in Denver with his girlfriend Carly, their daughter Gia and sons August and Maxwell.
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jason Miller enters his seventh year with the Denver Nuggets and second as Associate Head Athletic
Trainer. Miller assists in overseeing the treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries, coordinating with the behavioral health and wellness team, overseeing gameday athletic trainer internships and ordering medical supplies.
Miller is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, during which time he worked with the Hawkeyes athletic department and men’s basketball team. Miller then received his master’s degree in Higher Education from Auburn University at which time he spent two years as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with Auburn’s football program, before transitioning to the Head Athletic Trainer with Auburns Men’s Basketball team for four seasons.
Miller then took a job with the University of Connecticut’s Men’s Basketball program for 4 seasons and was honored to be part of the 2004 NCAA national championship team led by Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor. Miller then headed west to the University of Washington, where he spent one year with the Huskies’ football and baseball teams before jumping back into basketball with the Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball program for eight seasons, before being hired in his current role with the Denver Nuggets.
Miller completed his Doctor of Athletic Training degree in August of 2020 from Moravian College.
Miller was also fortunate to be part of USA basketball, where in 2005, he worked with the U21 World Championship team held in Argentina and again in 2009 where he was part of the World University Games, held in Serbia; where the team received the Bronze Medal.
In addition to being a Certified Athletic Trainer, Miller holds multiple certifications including: Certified Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Graston Technique, and Active Release.
Miller and his wife Teresa reside in Denver with their two sons Henry and Sawyer.
Director of Sports Medicine
Dr. Short enters his seventh season with the Nuggets and currently serves as the Vice President of Sports Medicine. He joined Denver in the fall of 2014 as the team’s Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is responsible for leading the development, collaboration, and integration of multidisciplinary evidence-based services delivered by organization’s high performance unit, which serves the Nuggets athletes and staff.
In 2016, Short served as the lead performance coach for the German National Basketball Team en route to a EuroBasket qualification. Prior to joining the Nuggets, he 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, he 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. He was inducted into the Michigan Tech College of Sciences and Arts Academy in 2018.
Short is a board certified in Sports Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He was nominated for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Outstanding Physical Therapist Fellow Award in 2020.
He resides in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with his wife Gretchen, their children Lillian and Noah, and cat Winston.