Ruth Riley Hunter, a fixture on Miami Heat broadcasts for the past four seasons, is transitioning to a full-time position on the team’s basketball operations side, named senior director of basketball development on Monday. ‘crew.
Now reporting to Ruth Hunter, the former WNBA star will report to Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager Andy Elisburg.
“Ruth Hunter has been part of the Heat family since the early 2000s when she played with the Miami Sol,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “The knowledge she has accumulated over the years, including working at the San Antonio [WNBA] front office, makes it one of the biggest hires we’ve made in a long time.
Hunter had handled similar assignments in basketball operations with the team’s analytics department while also working with the team’s broadcast wing. Her previous management experience includes time as General Manager of the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA, as First Vice President of the WNBA Player Association, and as NBA/WNBA Ambassador and Global Director of the Women’s Program of the NBA Academy.
The team has not announced any plans regarding Hunter’s vacant broadcast role.
“Together with our broadcast partners, we will now embark on the process of evaluating and reviewing candidates to replace the roles that Ruth has filled so exceptionally,” Heat Vice President Ted Ballard said in a statement. communicated.
Hunter became the team’s radio analyst four seasons ago when John Crotty transitioned from that assignment to television commentary alongside Eric Reid. Former Heat radio analysts have included former Heat assistant coach and TV broadcaster Tony Fiorentino, former Heat forward Ed Pinckney, former Heat assistant coach Dave Wohl and Reid.
An Olympic gold medalist, Hunter was a two-time WNBA champion, WNBA Finals MVP, NCAA champion and in 2019 was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, following a 13-season career in the WNBA. .
During her time as the Stars’ general manager, Hunter led the team’s business and financial activities, implemented strategic planning, managed team personnel, and led basketball operations staff, coaching staff and scouts.
Shortly after the Heat’s announcement, Hunter tweeted, “It’s been an amazing 4 seasons calling Miami Heat games with our amazing broadcast team, and now I’m excited for this next chapter to come in the game. Front Office!”
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday named presenters for the September 10, 2022, inductions at the Shrine in Springfield, Mass.
Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway will be featured by Isiah Thomas (Hall class of ’00), Mitch Richmond (’14), Chris Mullin (’11), Yolanda Griffith (’21), Nate Archibald (’91).
Presenters, a ceremonial position that means standing behind the inductees during their induction speeches, must have been previously consecrated.
Richmond and Millin were part of the Golden State Warriors’ Run TMC era alongside Hardaway. Both Thomas and Griffin are Chicago basketball legends, with Griffin having attended the same high school as Hardaway. Archibald was another product of the University of Texas-El Paso.
The Heat are expected to have a sizable contingent in Springfield for the event, including Riley and former center Alonzo Mourning, who have already been enshrined.
Former NBA coach Larry Costello, who is inducted posthumously, will be introduced by former Heat owner and manager Billy Cunningham.