Rochester NY, July 1, 2015– The Rochester RazorSharks officially announced today the hiring of Chris Daleo as their new head coach.
The RazorSharks, who are coming off a championship winning season, will look to Chris Daleo to lead the team to a third consecutive PBL title. Chris brings a history of winning seasons to the RazorSharks organization, most recently winning the 2015 Midwest Professional Basketball Association (MPBA) title, with the Champaign Swarm. Daleo’s resume is second to none in minor-league professional basketball. Career highlights include: CBA Coach of the Year in 2003, selected to coach the CBA all-star team three times, won two conference championships in the now former CBA, and lastly and most impressive, he has never had a losing season as a head coach or general manager in minor league professional basketball.
"We are pleased to have Daleo become part of the RazorSharks organization. His success, winning attitude, and professional experiences are the perfect combination that we have been looking for.” said Paul Rosen, RazorSharks Co-Owner.
With training camp expecting to open up in December for the upcoming 2016 PBL season, Coach Daleo will now turn to the task of solidifying an already impressive RazorSharks roster.
“I am very excited and honored to be asked to lead the RazorSharks for the 2016 season. Rochester has a long history of winning seasons and championships and I fully expect to do everything in my power to make sure that the winning tradition continues!”, stated Chris Daleo.
The RazorSharks plan to hold a press conference to introduce Coach Daleo to the local media and RazorSharks fans later in July of 2015.
Join the RazorSharks at Total Sports Experience This Summer
Is your child 8-13 years old and interested in playing basketball? Total Sports Experience is offering three 1-day clinics this summer with your Rochester RazorSharks! The clinics will be instructed by Coach Iversen, point guard Jerice Crouch, as well as other RazorSharks players. They are open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Click the link for more information: http://www.totalsports-experience.com/RazorsharksBasketballCamp.aspx
CHICAGO, IL (June 8, 2015) – The Premier Basketball League (PBL) today announced the addition of the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks for the 2015-16 season. The Mavericks will call the historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum home and will be coached by multi-time champion Steve Tucker. Mavericks owner Jerry Nelson has also become an equity partner in the PBL. Terms of the partnership arrangement are confidential.
The Mavericks are owned by Jerry Nelson of Beaumont, Texas. Nelson is a veteran entrepreneur with interests in entertainment, oil, and rodeo. He has been featured in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal for his achievements in the rodeo industry. His Maverick franchise has won the past four ABA Championships that they competed in and he has been selected as an Executive of the Year twice.
“I am excited to be joining the PBL not only as the owner of the Mavericks, but also as an equity partner in the organization. The PBL is the gold standard for how things are done on a professional level in basketball. Joining the PBL provided an opportunity to elevate our level of competition and also to partner with an established league that has brand name credibility across the country,” stated Nelson.
“It is a pleasure to bring on board a partner like Jerry Nelson, who has been a first class owner of the Mavericks team for many years,” said PBL Chairman of the Board Dr. Sev Hrywnak. “He brings business knowledge and connections that can only take the PBL to the next level. With the addition of the Shreveport Staff to the PBL front office, the PBL will grow to a full time staff of 7 and a part time staff of 5, bringing a total of 12 highly skilled individuals that bring with them marketing and business acumen,” said Hrywnak.
“We are pleased that Mr. Nelson has come on board with his expertise” stated VP Dominic Turcotte. “Jerry Nelson together with Dr. Sev Hrywnak will insure that the PBL will remain the only independent professional Basketball league in North America having the high standards of success that the basketball business needs.”
Rochester, NY - Rochester RazorSharks players and Assistant Coach Chris Iversen are using their off-season not only to get better and further develop their skills, but also to have a chance at winning $1 million. Five members of the RazorSharks 2015 Championship team are joining forces with other top ranked basketball players and will compete in a national five-on-five million dollar tournament called “The Basketball Tournament”. The team, nicknamed the Mill Rats, is ranked 3rd in the tournament Midwest bracket and will be play their first game in Chicago, Illinois on July 17, 2015.
“The Basketball Tournament” is a national 5 on 5, single elimination, winner-take-all basketball tournament with a grand prize of $1 million. There are a series of games to be played before the championship game, which will be held in New York City on August 2nd, 2015. The Midwest bracket is a three day competition, July 17th, 18th and 19th in Chicago, Illinois. Should the Mill Rats be victorious, they will advance to the “Super 17” held in Chicago, with games on July 23rd, 24th and 25th. The next round of the tournament is the championships, which is held in New York City on August 1st and 2nd.
Coach Iversen says, “I am really excited and very much looking forward to this opportunity, not only for myself, but for the players. I’m eager to get back to work with our guys (Jerice, Mel, Corey & Gabe) again and get the opportunity to work with the rest of the players too. I think this tournament will give us some exposure and will be a great opportunity to see some players that we normally wouldn’t have the chance to see in person during the off-season.”
When asked about the tournament, RazorSharks’ point guard Jerice Crouch says, “It’s a great opportunity to play against the top players in America with NBA and top level overseas experience as well as having the opportunity to show our skills on a national stage. Most importantly, it’s a chance to win $1 million!”
In addition to that, shooting guard Melvin Council notes, “I’m excited to play in this tournament because it gives me a chance to win $1 million while also playing with a couple of my teammates and others across the country. The tournament involves a lot of fans which is a great thing for them to cheer and get the chance to watch their favorite teams.”
Team Mill Rats consists of Rochester RazorSharks players: Jerice Crouch, Corey Allmond, Melvin Council and Gabe Freeman, coached under Coach Iversen. Also part of Team Mill Rats: General Manager, Ian McCarthy, and Booster, Steven Yankopoulos. With the planning process underway, we wish Team Mill Rats the best of luck with their training and games in the future and we are proud to support our RazorSharks players and staff! If you would like to follow the tournament or would like any additional information, the tournament website is: www.thetournament.com.
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League is announcing the beginning of a new partnership with ESPN3. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding another major broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
ESPN3 is the official online streaming network of ESPN owned primarily by The Walt Disney Company available in North America and internationally.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with the largest and most recognizable name in sports,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL.
ESPN3 currently broadcasts NCAA college basketball, FIFA World Cup, the Arena Football League, NBA, WNBA, MLB and other big name leagues that now include the PBL.