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Jon Silver was named the San Diego State women’s basketball director of operations on May 12, 2016.
Prior to the 2017-18 season, Silver reformatted the program’s booster club, Full Court Press, and introduced the country’s first women’s basketball-specific customizable benefits package. Silver is also responsible for bringing “Field Trip Day”, “High School Night”, and “Stacie’s Squad” to San Diego State which has helped the Aztecs triple their attendance in just two seasons. In collaboration with marketing and ticketing, Silver helped the Aztecs shatter both the all-time season attendance records (22,069 up from 7,789) and all-time average game attendance (1,379 up from 480). Additionally, Silver is also responsible for advanced analytics for the team including lineup analysis, plus/minus charts, substitution patterns and offensive/defensive efficiencies. He also has done play-by-play radio for the Aztecs, filling in for radio personality Chris Ello as recently as December 2016.
While at Vermont, Silver also oversaw the administration and contract negotiations for the program’s TD Bank Thanksgiving Tournament and was the team’s main liaison with UVM senior staff and administration. He is highly regarded for the strong recruiting ties he established in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Silver arrived at Vermont after four seasons on staff at LSU, working for head coach Nikki Fargas. He was involved with all facets of the LSU Women’s Basketball program as director of basketball operations. Silver coordinated practice and game scheduling, team travel, fundraising, equipment, the student-manager program, community service initiatives. Silver also served as the program’s liaison to various other areas within the athletic department and throughout the community. His four years in Baton Rouge were highlighted by four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back Sweet 16 runs in 2013 and 2014. During Silver’s tenure, the Lady Tigers sent four players to the WNBA and 12 players overseas to compete professionally.
Silver executed the non-conference game scheduling for the Lady Tigers since Coach Fargas’ arrival in Baton Rouge in 2011. LSU’s 2013-14 overall schedule was rated the nation’s toughest by the NCAA as the Lady Tigers played 28 of their 34 games against RPI Top 100 opponents. The non-conference portion of the schedule ranked No. 2 in the nation and the team’s non-conference RPI rank was fourth. Over Silver’s four seasons with LSU, the Lady Tigers faced a top-30 schedule each year.
The Lady Tigers were also active in the community in large part to Silver’s efforts. In 2013-2014, the Lady Tigers led all LSU athletic teams on campus with an average of 23 community service hours per player. The program remained active in many community service initiatives and worked with many groups during Silver’s tenure such as the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, United Way, Charlie’s Place, Healing Place, the Gardere Arts Initiative, Woman’s Hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and more. Silver also handled all scheduling for Coach Fargas’ appearances.
Silver also organized the Lady Tigers’ 2013 foreign tour. The team played four games over an 11-day stretch and made stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Alicante. Additionally, Silver helped rebrand the Lady Tiger booster club and currently oversees operation and fundraising efforts for Lady Tiger Elite. He developed the Lady Tiger Elite Bowling Classic, Lady Tiger Elite 5K Run/Walk, Lady Tiger Elite Poker Run and also assisted Coach Perotti with the Lady Tiger Elite Golf Classic. The program raised nearly $20,000 annually from the bowling events alone.
In the summer of 2012, Silver was activated as a full-time assistant coach while simultaneously serving in the capacities of director of operations, interim director of video operations and camp director. In July 2014, Silver assisted in the organization of the first LSU Head Coaches’ Summit and acted as recording secretary for the group. He also served as the athletic department representative on LSU’s Staff Senate from 2012-2015.
The Jon Silver File
2006-2009, Scout Team, UCLA
2016-Present, Director of Basketball Operations, San Diego State