Sheppard assumes 'senior' front office role

Sheppard assumes 'senior' front office role
September 16, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld.

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The Wizards made its off-season, front-office reshuffling official Monday with the key move being the promotion of Tommy Sheppard to senior vice president of basketball operations.

Sheppard already was a vice president of operations along with Milt Newton, who recently left the Wizards to become general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Newton was over personnel. 

“Tommy is a very respected figure within all circles of basketball, including the NBA, international/Olympic competition and the collegiate ranks,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement about Sheppard, who has been with the Wizards for 11 years. “His experience, combined with the additions we have made and the other well-deserved promotions within the department, gives us a solid foundation to continue improving our team.”

Sheppard's responsibilities have expanded to include salary cap management, draft preparation, college and pro talent evaluation, statistical analysis and recruitment of free agents and handling day-to-day basketball operations.

The other promotions: Ed Tapscott to vice president of player programs; Pat Sullivan to assistant coach; Brett Greenberg to director of basketball analytics/salary cap management; Bryan Oringher to video coordinator; and Ryan Richman to assistant video coordinator. The latter two are in their first seasons with the organization.

Among the new additions are Marc Eversley, who came from the Toronto Raptors, as vice president of scouting here. Frank Ross, previously an Oklahoma City Thunder scout, will director of player personnel. Greg Ballard, who was a key member of the 1978 championship Bullets team, returns after spending 19 years as a scout and coach with the Atlanta Hawks, Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. Thomas Knox left a sports medicine institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla., to become the director of player performance and rehabilitation.