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2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook

Basketbal Operations Andrew Loomis Chief of Staff Andrew Loomis enters his first season as Chief of Staff of the Detroit Pistons after serving the previous two seasons as Executive Director of Basketball Operations. Prior to joining the Pistons, Loomis spent three and a half seasons with the Golden State and Santa Cruz Warriors. In his current role, Loomis works closely with General Manager Jeff Bower in overseeing several areas of the basketball operations department. Over the last two seasons, Loomis’ responsibilities included assisting in the management of the basketball operations of the Grand Rapids Drive – the NBA D-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He also led the player development efforts for the Adam Glessner DIRECTO R OF PLAYER PERSONNEL J.R. Holden Director of International Scouting 16 Detroit Pistons 2016–17 Yearbook Golden State Warriors while also serving as the assistant general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors. Prior to his time with the Warriors, Loomis spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Hornets. His responsibilities included researching and compiling statistical information on prospective players, evaluating salary cap implications for potential trades and free agent signings, ensuring compliance with the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and assisting with the implementation of player development initiatives and community relations activities. A 2002 graduate of Tulane University, Loomis interned for the Orlando Magic’s media relations department before joining the Hornets and also spent four years working for the Green Wave men’s basketball program. In addition, while working toward his bachelor’s degree in English, he completed internships at Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden. Adam Glessner enters his first season as director of player personnel after spending the last two seasons as a pro scout for the Detroit Pistons. Previously, he served as a coaching associate with the Charlotte Bobcats and spent the previous six years with the Orlando Magic, including working under Head Coach Stan Van Gundy from 2007-12, beginning as an assistant video coordinator, then video coordinator and finally as a video analyst. A native of Harrisburg, PA, Glessner served as an assistant video coordinator on Billy Donovan’s staff at the University of Florida when the Gators won back-to-back NCAA Men’s Championships in 2006 and 2007. Glessner is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management at the University of Florida. J.R. Holden enters his first year as director of international scouting after serving the previous two years as a college and international scout with the Detroit Pistons. Holden played college basketball at Bucknell University from 1994-98 and then embarked on a very successful playing career overseas. He began his pro career in 1998 playing one season with ASK Brosceni (Latvia), two seasons with Telindus Oostende (Belgium) and one with AEK (Greece). He then joined CSKA Moscow (Russia) where he played from 2002-11 and won 12- of-13 domestic league championships, appeared in eight straight Euroleague Final Fours and won one European Gold medal. His career has been chronicled as one of the best for an American in European Basketball history. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Holden received Russian citizenship in October 2003 and was named to the Men’s Russian National basketball team. His signature moment came in the FIBA Basket 2007 finals versus Spain when he made the game-winning shot with two seconds remaining in the game to give Russia its first ever gold medal. He was also a member of Russia’s 2008 Olympic team that participated in the Beijing Olympics where he finished in the top five in scoring. Holden ended his career by being named to the 2001-10 All-decade team. Holden and his wife, Aireka, have one daughter and one son.


2016-17 Detroit Pistons Yearbook
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