Billy King and Nets Announce Front Office Promotions

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

NEW YORK — To call the Summer of 2013 one of change for the Brooklyn Nets would be a bit of an understatement.

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Nets General Manager, Billy King

With just a few days until the trade with the Boston Celtics that will bring Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn becomes official, and just a few days after the Nets re-signed Andray Blatche, signed free agent Shaun Livingston, and inked rookies Bojan Bogdanovic and Mason Plumlee to their respective deals, the Nets announced some changes to their front office.

Frank Zanin, who has been with the franchise over the past four years, has been promoted from being the Director of Player Procurement to Assistant General Manager, where he will work alongside Bobby Marks, who has functioned as the team’s sole Assistant General Manager since July 2010.

Matt Ricardi will now function as the team’s Basketball Operations Manager after spending the past two seasons as the team’s Basketball Operations Coordinator.

The team also promoted Sean Sweeney to Video Operations Manager, Scott Sereday to Statistical Analyst and Brennan Blair to Video Coordinator.

Below is the full release, courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets Public Relations Department.

The Brooklyn Nets have promoted Frank Zanin to Assistant General Manager where he will work alongside Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks, General Manager Billy King announced today. The Nets also promoted Matt Riccardi to Basketball Operations Manager, Sean Sweeney to Video Operations Manager, Scott Sereday to Statistical Analyst and Brennan Blair to Video Coordinator.

Zanin begins his fourth year with the Nets, having served last season as the director of player procurement and the prior two seasons as the team’s pro personnel scout. He began his NBA career in 1999 as a video intern with the Philadelphia 76ers, and then was hired as the team’s video coordinator the following season, a position he held until 2003, when he was promoted to advance scout/assistant coach.  In 2006, Zanin began a two-year tenure as the team’s pro personnel scout. Zanin is a 1999 graduate of West Chester University, where he was a three-year starter on the basketball team and received his degree in business management.

Riccardi is in his fifth season with the organization, serving the past two seasons as basketball operations coordinator. He began his NBA career during the 2009-2010 season as a basketball operations intern before being hired as a team assistant for the following season. Riccardi is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, where he was a member of the basketball team for four seasons and received a masters of business administration and an undergraduate degree in business management.

Sweeney enters his third season with the team, previously working as the team’s video coordinator. Before joining the Nets, Sweeney was the video coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa with prior stops as a coach at the Academy of Art University and the University of Evansville, where he began as director of operations. Sweeney is a graduate of St. Thomas (MN), where he was team captain and a 2006 All-Conference selection.

Sereday enters his third season with the organization, and first as full-time statistical analyst. Prior to the Nets, he worked as an actuary for Buck Consultants, LLC in Secaucus, NJ for over four years. Sereday obtained a masters in statistics from Columbia University in 2012 and a bachelors in statistics from Rutgers University in 2005.

Blair begins his fourth season with the Nets, having most recently served as assistant video coordinator last season. Since 2010-11, he has held various internship positions with the information technology, basketball operations and video departments, before being hired last year. Blair is a 2012 graduate of Seton Hall University, where he received his business degree with a double major in sports management and information technology management.




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