RICK PYCH, STRATEGIC ADVISOR/PAST PRESIDENT & CEO
Rick Pych is entering his 27th season with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. After serving the past 11 years as the helm of SS&E, he is transitioning into a strategic advisory role as part of an overall succession plan.
As President & CEO Pych led the business operations for all four sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment which includes the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the San Antonio Rampage (AHL Hockey), the Austin Spurs (NBA G League), and San Antonio FC (USL Championship) as well as the operations of the AT&T Center and Toyota Field. He also oversaw all corporate business and new initiatives on behalf of the organization and its ownership group.
Pych has had a long career of financial and business management experience in public accounting, banking, real estate, and sports and entertainment. He was initially named the Spurs chief financial officer in 1993 and was promoted to executive vice president in 2000. In 2008, he was named president of business operations and took over as president and CEO in 2016.
In 1995 Pych started a development, financial and operating study for a new multi-purpose arena that eventually led to the new home for the Spurs, the AT&T Center. He was named the chief development officer for the AT&T Center in 1999 and oversaw a successful county referendum campaign that provided public funding to build the AT&T Center. In 2008, he led a second referendum that provided funds for additional improvements to the AT&T Center. Pych directed all aspects of the AT&T Center development projects as well as the 2015 renovation.
During his time with SS&E Pych led the organization’s efforts to expand its footprint in South Texas. In 2002 he negotiated the purchase of an American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate and in the summer of 2007 led the negotiations to purchase the NBA G League team in Austin, the Austin Spurs (formerly Austin Toros). Pych oversaw the process to bring professional soccer to San Antonio as SS&E was successfully awarded a USL expansion franchise in December 2015 and launched San Antonio FC, which began play in April 2016.
Pych currently serves as an alternate governor on the NBA Board of Governors. He’s an ongoing member and past chairman of the AHL Executive Committee as well as a member of the AHL Board of Governors.
An active member in the San Antonio community, Pych is a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Sports Foundation dating back to 1989 and was part of the team that brought major sporting events to San Antonio, including the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993, the 1995 National Senior Olympics, the 2002 NCAA Women’s Final Four and the 1998, 2004, and 2008 NCAA Men’s Final Four. He’s served on the Executive Committee and was Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of VIA Metropolitan Transit.
Pych currently serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of Centro Partnership San Antonio. His past board positions include the Executive Committee and Board of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the Board of the San Antonio Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, Executive Committee and Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, and mentor in the InspireU Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas. He holds a degree in accounting from Fairfield University and is a CPA.