Jon Silver
Jon  Silver

Position:
Director of Basketball Operations

Alma Mater:
UCLA (2009)

11/30/2016

SDSU Women’s Basketball Visits UC Davis Friday

WBB visits UC Davis Friday

10/04/2016

Women’s Basketball Names Paris Johnson Director of Player Personnel

Paris Johnson added to WBB staff

09/30/2016

Aztecs Participate in WBCA Day of Service

WBB participates in WBCA Day of Service

05/12/2016

#AztecWBB Names Jon Silver Director of Operations

#AztecWBB names Jon Silver director of operations

Jon Silver was named the San Diego State women’s basketball director of operations on May 12, 2016. 

In his role, Silver is involved with all facets of the program. Entering his 12th season working with Division I women's basketball in 2018-19, he coordinates practice and game schedules, non-conference scheduling, team travel, equipment, community service, fundraising and oversees student managers and male practice team members. Silver also serves as the program liaison within the athletic department. 

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.

Silver arrived on Montezuma Mesa after spending the 2015-16 campaign as an assistant coach at the University of Vermont. A Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) “Thirty under 30” honoree, the Catamounts nearly doubled its win total from a year prior during his tenure. The team also improved its defense in 2015-16, yielding five fewer points per game than the previous year, while increasing its rebounding margin by five boards per contest. Silver worked closely with assistant coach/Canadian Olympian Courtnay Pilypaitis to develop the team’s guards and ball handlers. Said former UVM guard Kylie Atwood, “Coach Jon was able to have an immediate impact with the team and advancing the individual talent this year. He brought new drills and an insightful perspective of the game that we all appreciated. He was always so positive and created a fun environment that motivated us to work hard every day. Through his character he represented a role model to follow.”

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.

Silver joined the Lady Tigers after serving dual roles at UCLA as video coordinator and staff associate during the 2010-11 campaign. With Fargas and Terry on the same Bruin coaching staff, Silver oversaw all video-related operations, including film exchange, pregame and postgame film breakdowns, capturing live games and creating weekly highlight tapes. As a staff associate, Silver organized the coaches’ recruiting efforts and worked closely with several other offices within the athletic department while assisting with the day-to-day management of the program.

Silver graduated from UCLA in 2009 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and spent three seasons as a practice player with the Bruin women’s hoops squad, including one season as head manager and scout team captain. Silver received his master’s degree in liberal arts from LSU in May 2017. He has also given multiple lectures, including two at LSU on non-conference scheduling and Marshall, detailing the inner workings of a Division I basketball program.  

The Jon Silver File

Hometown
Dresher, PA

Education
UCLA, 2009 (B.A., History/Political Science)
LSU, 2017 (M.A., Liberal Arts)

Coaching Experience
Year, Position, School 

2006-2009, Scout Team, UCLA
2010-2011, Video Coordinator/Staff Associate, UCLA
2011-2015, Director of Basketball Operations, LSU 
2015-2016, Assistant Coach, University of Vermont 

2016-Present, Director of Basketball Operations, San Diego State

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