Archive for April 13th, 2010

Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown announced today that the Rockets have promoted Gretchen Sheirr to Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service. In her elevated role, Sheirr’s duties will include the development of creative sales strategies and service practices for customer retention and new business generation, supervision of the ticket sales and service staff, as well as the integration of all ticket related events and promotions. She will also become a member of the Senior Management Team.

“Gretchen has played an integral role within the Rockets Ticket Sales Department, which is reflective in the significant growth she has overseen in her time with the team,” said Brown. “We look forward to her leadership playing a great part in the future achievements of our organization.”

Sheirr, who is completing her ninth season with the Rockets, has served as Senior Director of Ticket Sales for the past six years. She joined the organization in July 2001 as a Season Ticket Account Executive and then spent two seasons developing the Rockets Inside-Sales Department before her promotion to Senior Director of Ticket Sales. Prior to the Rockets, Sheirr worked in indoor soccer with the Houston Hotshots and with Game Face Inc. in Portland, Oregon.

A native of Spring, Texas, Sheirr graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in marketing. She was also a four-year letterwinner as a diver for LSU. She and her husband, Ken, live in The Woodlands with their twins, Jordan and Zachary.

Timberwolves sign Greg Stiemsma

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed 6-11 center Greg Stiemsma for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and for the 2010-11 season. Per team policy, terms of the contract offer were not disclosed.

Stiemsma, 24, played with the NBADL’s Sioux Falls Skyforce this past season, averaging 8.8 points (.541 shooting), 7.1 rebounds and a league-leading 3.6 blocks in 45 games (44 starts). In three playoffs games for Sioux Falls, Stiemsma averaged 15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. He played in one game for Sioux Falls during the 2008-09 season.

Stiemsma played at the University of Wisconsin from 2004 through 2008, averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 95 games. He finished fifth on Wisconsin’s all-time blocked shots list with 96.

Rockets assign Mike Harris to D-League

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has assigned forward Mike Harris to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Harris, who earned his third Call-Up of the season from Rio Grande Valley on Mar. 24, will join the Vipers for their decisive Quarterfinals Game Three against the Reno Bighorns.

Harris (6-6, 235, Rice) averaged a league-leading 27.1 points (.582, 363-624 FG), 10.5 rebounds (third in D-League), 1.9 assists and 1.18 steals in 34 games (31 starts) with the Vipers. He also finished eighth in the D-League with 18 double-doubles. Harris earned NBA D-League Player of the Month for Jan. 2010 and was named the NBA D-League Performer of the Week two times this season (Jan. 11-17 and Mar. 8-14). He was also named to the D-League’s 2010 Western Conference All-Star Team. Harris scored a career-high 48 points (second-highest total in Vipers history) with a career-best 24 rebounds (tied a Vipers franchise record) at Dakota (1/17/10).

In eight games with Houston, Harris averaged 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds. Harris led the Rockets with a career-best eight rebounds at Oklahoma City (3/24/10), adding seven points (3-9 FG), a career-high-tying two steals, one assist and one block in 26:12 of action off the bench.

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