Kent Lacob Transitions to Role as Director of Team Development with Golden State Warriors
SANTA CRUZ, CA – The Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, announced today that Ryan Atkinson has been promoted to general manager after most recently serving as the team’s assistant general manager and director of team player development. Kent Lacob, who served as the team’s general manager since 2016, has transitioned to the Golden State Warriors as director of team development.
Atkinson, 34, is entering his seventh season with the Santa Cruz Warriors, including the last three seasons as assistant general manager. Last year, Atkinson also served as the team’s director of team player development, responsible for player education and programming throughout the 2018-19 season. The Atlanta, Georgia, native joined the Sea Dubs prior to the 2013-14 season as the team’s director of basketball operations, where he managed the team’s travel and served as liaison between the coaching staff and the front office.
“I’m thrilled for Ryan Atkinson and his promotion to general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors,” said Golden State Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kirk Lacob. “Since joining our franchise in 2013, Ryan has seized every opportunity presented to him over his time in the NBA G League. I’m confident that he is equipped to succeed in his new role and I look forward to seeing him lead the Santa Cruz Warriors as we move forward.”
Atkinson owns nine years of NBA G League experience, including two seasons as the director of basketball operations with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Atkinson received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Missouri Western State University and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. He began his professional sports career with Prestige Sports International sports agency and has previously worked for the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics and the Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League.
“We are thrilled to announce Ryan Atkinson as the team’s general manager,” said Santa Cruz Warriors President Chris Murphy. “Ryan brings an immense amount of NBA G League experience and has earned the trust and respect of this organization and his peers over the last six seasons. He is a proven leader who I’m confident will lead our basketball operations department to the next level.”
Santa Cruz Warriors tickets for the 2019-20 season, presented by Kaiser Permanente, are now on sale. Fans interested in securing the best seats at the lowest price are encouraged to call (831) 713-4400 or visit santacruzbasketball.com for more information.
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