Timberwolves Basketball Operations Staff
Timberwolves Front Office and Basketball Operations StaffGlen Taylor
On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year.
Glen Taylor is chairman and CEO of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato, Minn. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. Taylor purchased the company in 1975, assembled a passionate leadership team and dramatically expanded the firm’s capabilities, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 70 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and marketing services. Other enterprises owned by Glen are in securities, agricultural, and medical fields.
He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1997, Mankato State University awarded Taylor their first honorary doctorate. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service. In October 2001, Taylor was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato Hall of Distinction.
Taylor’s business savvy has been recognized by Corporate Report magazine, which honored him as its Executive of the Year (1987), and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul, who awarded him with their Sales Executive of the Year Award (1999). He was also inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame (2002) by Twin Cities Monthly Magazine.
Taylor was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980, where he served until 1990. He became assistant Senate minority leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Senate minority leader. While in the Senate, Taylor was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.
He has served on the NBA Planning Committee and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee. In October of 2008, Taylor was named Chairman of the NBA's Board of Governors.
Through personal involvement, Taylor has remained active in many community, civic and charitable causes. He has also has served on his church’s board of deacons and board of trustees and on the Mankato State University Foundation board of directors.
Taylor and his family have provided financial assistance and participated in missions to Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Central America to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Common Hope.
Nationally, Taylor has provided expert testimony on business and childcare issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as a committee chair on the 1991 Commission on Reform and Efficiency (CORE).
Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Mankato. Their children and grandchildren enjoy attending many of the Timberwolves games.
WILLIAM F. BIEBER Chairman, ATEK Companies, Plymouth, Minn. Bieber resides in Edina, Minn.
JOHN BOLLERO A retired commodity trader. A native of Decantur, Ill., now resides in Palm Beach, FL and Lake Geneva, Wis.
RALPH W. BURNET Chairman of Coldwell Banker Burnet, Edina, Minn., and Owner and Chairman of RWB Hospitality LLC. Burnet resides in his hometown of Wayzata, Minn.
R. WYNN KEARNEY, JR. is a retired orthopedic surgeon who resides in Mankato, Minn., his hometown.
TERI E. POPP President Minnesota Military Family Tribute and retired attorney residing in Orono, Minn.
WILLIAM J. (BILL) POPP Owner/President of POPP Communications., Golden Valley, Minn. A native of Minneapolis, Popp resides in Orono, Minnesota.
PHIL "FLIP" SAUNDERS President of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Saunders resides in Wayzata, Minn.
JOYCE SEXTON President Sexton Family Foundation. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WILLIAM SEXTON Retired President/Owner Old Northwest Company. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Moor became chief executive officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004 following 10 years as the team's president. While reorganizing the Timberwolves and building a first-class staff, Moor was also involved in securing a WNBA franchise for Minnesota in 1998 and, in 2004, leading the effort to form Midwest Entertainment Group and manage Target Center until the spring of 2007.
Moor's strategic goals for the Timberwolves and Lynx revolve around customer service and a fan-centered attitude. “If we provide great customer service and great entertainment, we will always be successful,” Moor says.
In a career that began at MGM Studios in Culver City, Calif., Moor was involved in the merger with United Artists and the subsequent sale of the studio to Ted Turner. Moor worked for Turner Entertainment for two years before moving to 20th Century Fox in film distribution. While at Fox, Moor had the opportunity to join the Los Angeles Kings where he transitioned his entertainment career to sports. Moor was the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Kings when he moved to Minnesota to lead the Timberwolves.
In addition to being on the executive committee of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, Moor is also involved with several non-profit organizations. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Moor lived in Europe until he moved to the United States in 1966. Moor currently resides in Plymouth, Minn.
The 2013-14 season marked Wright's 23nd year with the Timberwolves organization and 10th as the team's president. Wright is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the team.
He leads a senior management group that is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the business operations of the franchise. By developing a culture driven by the values of maximum effort, teamwork, passion for what we do, innovative thinking, fun and integrity, Wright and his senior management team are integrating the business and basketball operations to meet the strategic and financial goals of the team.
As president, Wright also articulates the mission for the organization, which is to creatively provide the ultimate sports and entertainment experience at exceptional value, with unparalleled customer service, while connecting with and engaging in our community. Whether coming to the arena, watching a game on television, purchasing a ticket online, or meeting players and staff in the community, Timberwolves fans know that they are the sole focus of the organization’s efforts.
Wright believes that by developing a culture that understands the identity and brand essence of the Timberwolves that the team's organizational objectives will be achieved. He believes in hiring a staff that is genuinely optimistic and passionate about the franchise — a staff that is professional, yet strives for fun with Timberwolves fans and clients.
A native of England, Wright came to the United States in 1978. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, he spent three years working for the state of Minnesota, first as a consultant working on bids for major national and international events, including the programming of the $17.4 million National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Prior to that, Wright also served as general manager for two Major Indoor Soccer League Teams, the Pittsburgh Spirit (1981-86) and the Minnesota Strikers (1986-87).
Wright, who graduated from Carnegie College of Physical Education in Headingly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, is very involved in and consults with many local charities and youth sports programs. He was elected to and serves on the executive board of directors of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Wright resides in Eden Prairie with his wife Walla and daughter Christy. He also has two sons Ned and Jeff, and daughters-in-law Laura and Amy.
Minority Owner/President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach
Phil "Flip" Saunders was named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 6, 2014 after returning to the organization on May 3, 2013 as the team's President of Basketball Operations. Saunders was originally with the Wolves from 1995-2005 and guided the team during its most successful years, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Saunders remains as President of Basketball Operations and Timberwolves minority owner.
Prior to re-joining the Timberwolves, Saunders worked for ESPN as a basketball analyst for two seasons. He was named the Washington Wizards head coach on April 22, 2009 and remained with the Wizards into the 2011-12 season.
In two decades of coaching at the professional level, including 15-plus seasons in the NBA, Saunders has cemented his reputation as one of the finest coaches in the game of basketball. With a record of 638-526, he ranks 20th on the NBA all-time coaching wins chart, and his .548 winning percentage is 11th among all NBA coaches who have coached more than 1,110 games. Saunders has seven 50-win seasons to his credit as an NBA head coach, with four Conference Finals appearances in 11 postseason appearances.
Saunders joined the Wizards after leading the Detroit Pistons to a 176-70 (.715) record from 2005-08, the highest winning percentage of any coach in their franchise history. In 2007-08, the third of Saunders’ three seasons with the Pistons, he guided Detroit to their third consecutive Central Division crown with a 59-23 regular season record (the second-best record in the Eastern Conference). Saunders recorded his 500th win as an NBA head coach during the 2006-07 campaign, becoming just the 26th coach in NBA history at the time to reach that mark. Saunders’ first season in Detroit in 2005- 06 included a record of 24-3 after 27 games, making him just the second coach in NBA history to start a season 24-3 in his first year as head coach of a new team (Bill Sharman led the Lakers to a 39-3 start in 1971-72). He became the only coach in NBA history to win Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors for three consecutive months (November ‘05, December ‘05, January ‘06), and he helmed the Eastern Conference All-Star team in Houston in 2006 (as one of only six coaches in NBA history to be named head coach of the All-Star team in both the Eastern and Western Conferences). During that season, Detroit tied a franchise record for most home victories (37), and set a franchise record for road wins (27). In three seasons in Detroit, Saunders’ Pistons finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference twice (2005-06, 2006-07), and ranked in the top three of the NBA in points per game allowed each season (including a first place finish in 2007-08), showing that Saunders is equally adept at defensive scheming as he is on the offensive end.
Prior to joining Detroit, Saunders spent nine-plus years with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1995- 2005), where he guided the club to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a Western Conference-best and franchise-best 58-24 record in 2003-04 -- a season that culminated in a berth in the Western Conference Finals. During his tenure in Minnesota, he won NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times (April ’04, February ’03, January ’01, January ’00) and coached the Western Conference during the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Saunders’ time with Timberwolves represented the best years in the franchise’s history, and placed him as the organization’s all-time winningest coach. He posted a winning record in six of his nine full seasons as head coach, compiling an overall record of 411-326 (.558).
Saunders’ impressive coaching resume also includes seven consecutive seasons of 30 or more victories in the CBA, two CBA Championships (‘90, ‘92), a pair of CBA Coach of the Year honors (‘90, ‘92) and 23 CBA-to-NBA player promotions. He ranks third all-time in the CBA with 253 career victories (253-137, .649) during stops with the Rapid City Thrillers (1988-89), La Crosse Catbirds (1989-94) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (1994-95). In September 2001, Saunders guided the United States men’s basketball team to a perfect 5-0 record and a gold medal at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native began his successful coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College, where he compiled a 92-13 record (including a perfect 56-0 mark at home) in four seasons. In 1981, he joined the coaching staff at his alma matter, the University of Minnesota, as an assistant coach where he helped the Golden Gophers to the 1982 Big Ten Championship. After five seasons at Minnesota, Saunders moved to an assistant coach position at the University of Tulsa, where he worked for two seasons before heading to the pro ranks.
Saunders, 58, was an All-America basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in Cleveland. During his senior season in 1973, he was named Ohio’s Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year after averaging a state-high 32.0 points per game. He continued his basketball career at Minnesota, where he teamed with Kevin McHale and started in 101 of his 103 career games.
Saunders was born February 23, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Ryan, Mindy and twins, Rachel and Kimberly.
Milt Newton completed his first season as the Timberwolves' General Manager. In his position, Newton assists Flip Saunders in the evaluation and acquisition of players and in the overall management of all basketball operations for the Wolves. Newton spent the last 10 seasons with the Washington Wizards, most recently as the team's vice president of player personnel.
Prior to joining the Wizards organization, Newton was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the NBA Developmental League, serving as the NBADL Director of Player Personnel for three years. Newton previously spent one year as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers and was also the Assistant Director for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team programs from 1995-99.
Newton had a stellar playing career, first as a high school star in Washington, D.C., and then as a starter for the 1988 University of Kansas NCAA National Championship team. He was named to the 1988 NCAA Midwest Regional and Final Four All-Tournament teams. Newton played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association for the Rockford Lightning and Grand Rapids Hoops.
Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Newton and his wife, Shalaun have two children, Shaniya Adell (10), and Miles Kenneth (6).
Sidney Lowe enters his first season on Flip Saunders' coaching staff with the Timberwolves, his fourth time coaching alongside Saunders' over the years, previously serving as an assistant under Saunders in Minnesota both from 1999-2000 and 2003-05, and in Detroit from 2005-06. The Washington, D.C., native and former NBA point guard has spent eight years as a head coach and 11 years as an assistant coach in the NBA and NCAA.
Lowe's ties with Minnesota originally began in 1989-90 as a player with the organization in its inaugural season, appearing in a career-high 80 games and averaging 21.8 minutes per game. He retired after the season, remaining with the organization and spending the 1990-91 season as the team's television color analyst. The next season he became an assistant coach under then-head-coach Jimmy Rodgers, eventually being promoted to head coach midway through the 1992-93 season and remaining in the position through the 1993-94 season.
Prior to re-joining Saunders' staff, Lowe served three seasons (2011-14) as an assistant with the Utah Jazz after previously serving as the head coach at North Carolina State University (2006-11). In his first season on the sidelines, he became just the third NC State coach to win 20 games and defeat the other three North Carolina institutions in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest). He is one of only four NC State coaches to have coached in the ACC Championship game in his first year.
Following five seasons as an assistant with Cleveland (1994-99) and one season with Minnesota (1999-2000), Lowe was named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies in June of 2000, eventually moving with the team to Memphis before stepping down shortly into the 2002-03 campaign.
As a player, Lowe was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round (25th overall) in the 1983 NBA Draft, whom immediately traded his rights to Indiana, where he spent the 1983-84 season. In 1984-85, Lowe spent time with both the Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. Over the next three years, Lowe was a point guard in the Continental Basketball Association, leading his teams to three consecutive CBA titles. He started the 1988-89 season with the Rapid City Thrillers before signing with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1990, Lowe joined the expansion Timberwolves.
Lowe graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., where he starred under Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Morgan Wooten. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Paul’s College. Lowe and his wife Cass, reside in Raleigh, N.C. Lowe has three children (Sidney Jr., Lantzen, and Lindsey).
Sam Mitchell enters his first season on Flip Saunders' coaching staff with the Timberwolves, rejoining the organization after spending 10 seasons in Minnesota as a player. Mitchell played seven seasons under Saunders during his career.
The 2006-07 NBA Coach of the Year, Mitchell brings 4+ seasons of head coaching experience to the Wolves bench, previously serving as head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2004-08. Mitchell led the Raptors to two playoff appearances as head coach, including a 47-35 record in 2006-07, a 20-game improvement from the previous season. He has also served two stints as an assistant coach, coaching under Avery Johnson in New Jersey during 2010-11 and George Karl in Milwaukee from 2002-04.
As a player Mitchell spent 13 years in the NBA, originally selected by the Houston Rockets in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft. He played a couple of seasons in the minor leagues and overseas before finally landing in the NBA with the Wolves in 1989-90. Mitchell spent 10 seasons in Minnesota, including averaging 12.7 points in 80 games for the Wolves during the inaugural season. He appeared in 757 games with the Wolves in his career, averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also played three seasons with Indiana, making an Eastern Conference Finals run with the Pacers in 1994-95.
Mitchell finished his career appearing in 994 regular season games and 59 postseason contests, missing just 40 games to injury or illness throughout his career. He finished his career with averages of 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
Ryan Saunders is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves on Flip Saunders' staff.
A University of Minnesota graduate, Saunders spent the last five seasons as an assistant with the Washington Wizards. In Washington, he was instrumental in assisting with the preparation for upcoming opponents with extensive scouting reports and statistical analysis. Prior to his time with the Wizards, Saunders was as an assistant for a season on Tubby Smith's staff at the University of Minnesota, where he helped lead the Golden Gophers to an NCAA tournament appearance. In addition to his on-court work, Saunders helped players with their academic and social development off the court.
Before moving to the sidelines, Saunders played four seasons at Minnesota, where he was a two-time team captain, four-time scholar athlete award winner and 2006 Big Ten All-Academic selection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in applied kinesiology.
As well as his coaching experience, Saunders brings an analytical background to the Wolves coaching staff. He is the co-founder of an in-game analytical program, Gametime Concepts, which focuses on in-game analysis and statistical probabilities. Gametime Concepts is used by a number of NBA and NCAA teams.
David Adelman is entering his fourth year with the Timberwolves and second as assistant coach. Adelman previously served as a player development coach on his father, Rick Adelman's staff, in Minnesota. Prior to his stint with the Timberwolves, Adelman spent the prior five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore.
Adelman went 83-53 in five seasons at Lincoln, leading the Cardinals to Portland Interscholastic district championships in the 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, while also reaching the Oregon Class 6A state championship final in 2009.
Prior to coaching at Lincoln, Adelman was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jesuit High School in Portland, from 2001-06, helping the team win a state title in 2005. As a player, Adelman helped Jesuit win a state championship in 1999.
Adelman, 33, attended the University of Portland before joining the Jesuit staff. He is in the process of finishing a degree in history from Portland State. Adelman and his wife, Jenny, have one son: Leonard Joseph (L.J.).
Director of Player Personnel
R.J. Adelman completed his third year with the Timberwolves after spending the previous four seasons on his father's staff in Houston. He is involved with evaluating players throughout the NBA, working with the coaching staff on game preparation and planning, and overseeing the team's statistical evaluation and analysis. Adelman also oversees the team's advance scouts and video department.
Before joining the Rockets, Adelman worked as an NBA advance scout for the Seattle SuperSonics. He also served five years as a scout for the Sacramento Kings, including the final three seasons as assistant video coordinator in the Basketball Operations Department.
He joined Maloof Sports and Entertainment after practicing law in Portland, Oregon, working in private practice and as a real estate lawyer for GMAC Mortgage.
Adelman was a four-year letterman in basketball at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, which won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1993. After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette in 1995, Adelman earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2001.
Director of International Player Personnel/Scout
Zarko Durisic completed his 18th season with the Timberwolves organization where he heads up the team's international scouting efforts. He previously held positions with the Wolves as director of college and international player personnel, director of player personnel and head scout.
A native of Montenegro (part of the former Yugoslavia), Durisic played for the national teams of Yugoslavia at all levels (cadets, juniors and seniors). He came to the United States in 1980 and attended Wichita State University where he played with former NBA players Xavier McDaniel, Cliff Livingston and Antoine Carr. Durisic was a member of two NCAA tournament qualifiers. After graduation from Wichita State in 1984 with a degree in computer science, Durisic played professionally for 11 seasons in Slovenia, where his teams won six Slovenian national titles.
Following his playing career, Durisic coached in Slovenia where he won one national title. His 1995-96 squad included future NBA players Rasho Nesterovic and Vladimir Stepania.
Durisic and his wife, Tatjana, have two daughters: Jelena and Aleksandra.
Director of Player Programs/Scout
Calvin Booth completed his first season with the Timberwolves as Director of Player Programs/Scout. In this role as Director of Player Programs, Booth cultivates one-on-one relationships with Wolves players, provides guidance to help them develop life skills, both professionally and socially, and assists in planning for life after basketball. Booth also serves as a player personnel scout.
Booth enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (1999 - 2009) with the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. In 366 career games, 83 starts, the 6-11 forward/center averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. Booth played in one game for the Wolves in the 2008-09 season after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in the summer of 2008. Booth appeared in seven games for Sacramento in the 2008-09 season before retiring in the summer of 2009. He most recently served as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets last season.
Booth, a native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, played college basketball at Penn State from 1995-99 and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior.
Calvin and his wife, Keisha, and their daughters, Carter (9) and Camble (3), and sons, Carey (8) and Clarke(born June 2013), reside in Minneapolis.
Manager of Team Services
Kaayla Chones completed her first season with the Timberwolves staff as Manager of Team Operations. In her role she handles the day-to-day activities of the basketball department, including serving as a liaison between the business department and basketball operations, carrying out NBA initiatives, and coordinating all individual business travel needs. She also assists the players with personal, professional and social development and help new players and their families with relocation and integration into the community.
Chones, the daughter of former NBA player Jim Chones, spent three seasons (2004-06) in the WNBA, playing for the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm. In 28 career games she averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. Chones spent the last eight years playing professionally overseas in six different countries, including the 2012-13 season in Israel where she won a league championship with Elitzur Ramla.
During the summer, Chones served as the Director of Programs for The Chones Camps for the last 11 years (2002-13). The program offers basketball camps and literacy programs with the county libraries to children all over northeast Ohio.
A native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Chones played college basketball at North Carolina State from 1999-2004 and was a First Team All-ACC selection as a senior.
Vice President of Basketball Operations
Rob Babcock, who has 23 years of NBA management experience, returned to the Timberwolves in 2006 after spending two seasons as the general manager of the Toronto Raptors. This season was his first season as Vice President of Basketball Operations. In the role, he assists the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in the day-to-day operations of the Timberwolves basketball operations department.
Babcock spent 12 years with Minnesota during his first stint with the team, the final two seasons as vice president of player personnel. Babcock served as the team's director of player personnel from 1994-2002, and two seasons (1992-94) as a scout. Babcock joined the NBA in 1987 as the director of scouting for the Denver Nuggets, where he spent five seasons before joining the Wolves.
A native of Phoenix, Babcock attended Grand Canyon College in Phoenix and helped his team to a second-place finish in the 1974 NAIA final national rankings. Babcock began his coaching career in Mexico City at The American School Foundation. He later returned to Phoenix where he coached at Greenway and Maryvale high schools. After coaching high school he served as the head coach at Phoenix College for five years. In 1982, he earned Southwest Valley Coach of the Year honors.
Rob and his wife, Laura, have two sons: Nathan and Christopher.
Clayton Wilson completed his 25th season associated with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his 22nd as the team’s Equipment Manager. Wilson started with the organization working game nights for the Wolves during the team’s inaugural 1989-90 season at the Metrodome, before becoming the equipment manager during the 1992-93 campaign.
In his role, Wilson’s duties include managing all of the team’s equipment and uniform-related matters, both at home and on the road; setting up team practices on the road; and overseeing the Wolves practice facility inside Target Center.
Wilson brings over 40 seasons of sports experience to the position, having started his career in professional sports with Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins as a bat boy. During this time, he was on the field as the Twins captured their two World Series Championships (1987 and 1991). Recently, Wilson was invited to dust off his bat boy uniform and return to the diamond for the Twins Old Timer’s game as part of the team’s 50th Anniversary Season celebration.
Wilson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and their children: Jack and Anna.
Dr. Sheldon Burns
Vice President, Team Medical Services
Dr. Sheldon Burns just completed his 25th season as the Timberwolves’ medical director, and his sixth as Vice President, Team Medical Services. A doctor at Edina Family Physicians, Burns is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. His duties with the Timberwolves include serving as team physician, coordinating medical care and assisting in other club medical matters.
For his work with numerous NBA teams, Burns was named the National Basketball Trainers Association 2005 NBA Physician of the Year. Burns is also the team physician for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and Medical Director for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. He has been the team physician on four Gold Medal teams in three different Olympic Games, including the Men's and Women's USA Basketball Teams in Beijing in 2008. He was also the head physician for the U.S. team in the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007. Additionally, he has served as tournament physician for the Minnesota State High School League.
Burns is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is active in teaching at the Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute and the TRIA Orthopaedic Center. He has been a Deputy Medical Commissioner of the International Olympic Committee and has worked in various roles in 10 Olympic Games. Burns, a native of Grand Meadow, Minn., and a summer resident of Nisswa, Minn., received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and earned his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He resides in Edina and has two children, Alicen and Evan, who live in Minneapolis.
Dr. David Fischer
Dr. David Fischer is serving his 25th season as orthopaedic surgeon for the Timberwolves. Fischer is a clinical adjunct professor* with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and the director of The Orthopaedic Center & TRIA Orthopaedic Center’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Alumni Society.
Fischer served 26 years as the team physician for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. His resume includes work as team physician for 1992 United States Olympic men’s basketball team and the 1991 USA World University Games men’s and women’s basketball teams. In 1990, he served as chairman of the local medical committee for the United States Olympic Festival in Minneapolis. He was a United States Olympic Committee staff physician at the 1989 United States Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City.
Fischer’s exemplary work has been regularly recognized by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, which rated him one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the Twin Cities. Fischer completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Fischer and his wife, Andrea, have two children, David and Katherine, and reside in Edina, Minnesota.
Gregg Farnam completed his 17th season with the Timberwolves, his 14th as the team’s head athletic trainer and his first as Director of Medical Operations.
Farnam is responsible for all aspects of the Wolves’ training room operations, including monitoring each player's physical condition and assessing/treating injuries.
During the offseason, Farnam regularly provides training services for USA Basketball and other NBA initiatives. He served as the athletic trainer for the United States Men’s U19 team that brought home the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Nova Sad, Serbia, in July 2007, as well as the gold-medal-winning United States men’s basketball team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2001. Most recently he served as the athletic trainer for the 2012 U.S. Select Team. He also provided medical coverage for the women's volleyball team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July 2003.
Additionally, Farnam served as the trainer for USA Basketball's National Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010, before traveling to Singapore as the head trainer for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia contingent. The group, which included former Wolves guard/forward Corey Brewer, worked with local players to promote the game and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Farnam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified member of the National Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Farnam and his wife, Tiffany, along with their sons, Nolan and Maximilian, and daughters, Mae, Ella and Clare, reside in Rogers, Minn
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dave Crewe completed his fourth season with the team and first as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant of Sports Performance. In his position Crewe is responsible for assisting in daily treatment and rehabilitation of the players, and working with the strength and director of sports performance on program development.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Crewe spent three years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, working in the team’s athletic training department.
Crewe received his bachelor's degree in Exercise Sports Science -Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin native obtained his masters degree in Rehabilitative Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.
Crewe resides in Minneapolis.
Director of Sports Performance
Koichi Sato completed his first season on the Timberwolves athletic training staff where he serves as the team's Director of Sports Performance. Sato is also responsible for overseeing all areas relating to Performance enhancement.
Sato comes to the Wolves from the Washington Wizards where he was the team's Rehabilitation Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Trainer since 2008. Prior to joining Wizards, Sato worked as athletic trainer/performance specialist for Levi Jones of Cincinnati Bengals in 2007-08 and at Athletes’ Performance in Los Angeles from 2006-07. From1997 to 2006, Sato provided medical care to athletes at Arizona State University (ASU) as a graduate assistant then assistant athletic trainer covering various sports, spending the last four seasons with the Sun Devils' men’s basketball program. Sato also was a faculty associate at Kinesiology Department at ASU and taught advanced athletic training courses.
Born in Koriyama, Japan, Sato graduated from Tokyo International University in 1993 with a B.A. in International Study/Soviet & Eastern European Studies. He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1997 with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and graduated from Arizona State University with a M.S. in Exercise Science/Biomechanics.
Sato is active speaking in sports medicine conferences and workshops, as well as providing sport performance clinics for youth athletes.
He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a board member of the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization (JATO). Sato received the President’s Challenge Award from JATO in 2007.
Director of Athletic Therapy
Mark Kyger completed his first season on the Wolves athletic training staff as the team's Director of Athletic Therapy. Kyger plays an integral role in the health care of the Timberwolves players. Kyger comes to the Wolves from Arizona State University where he was the Sun Devils' Rehabilitation Coordinator, providing physical therapy and athletic training for athletes in the school's 21 varsity sports since 2007. Prior to that, Kyger was employed by Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, Ariz., from 2005-07 where he specialized in sports therapy.
Kyger received an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Wellness from Mesa State College and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University Ruekert-Hartman School for Health Care Professions. He also is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Kyger is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A native of Greeley, Colorado, Kyger played college basketball at Mesa State, earning four letters and serving as the team's co-captain in 2000-01. Kyger and his wife, Melinda, have one son, Kayden (born in 2014) and two daughters, Lexie (4) and Kayla (1).