Pass The Ball Blog

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Staff names, titles & descriptions are listed below for your reference.

Nicole Boden Director, Community Relations: organizes and implements all Mystics related community events and involvement.
Ketsia Colimon VP, Communications:
David Deal Sr. Director, Business Development: oversees the development, management and growth of Mystics basketball camps & clinics.
Maria Giovannetti Manager, Group Sales: oversees all group ticket sales initiatives; generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Crystal Hudson Manager, Game Operations & New Media: creates and manages the overall game day experience; oversees the maintenance of
Rebecca Hunt Manager, Marketing: oversees all branding, advertising and social media campaigns.
Rob Hur Director, Corporate Partnerships: establishes and maintains key partnerships with corporate sponsors.
Nicole Jones Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Chuck Kacsur Graphic Designer: creates and designs all branding.
Lauren Lafayette Manager, Ticket Operations: oversees all individual, group and season ticket operations.
Heather Locke Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Cassaundra Lockett Equipment Manager: orders, manages and maintains all team equipment, uniforms, supplies, etc.
LaRhonda Lombardi Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships: conducts research for potential sponsors; assists with all ticket operations.
Erin Mitchell Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Sarah Novak Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Kim Peters Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Mike Ragan VP, Ticket Sales & Service: oversees all ticket and guest services initiatives.
Veronica Sander Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.
Elizabeth Sellers Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships: manages fulfillment of and reporting for all corporate partnerships.
Eboni Tyler Manager, Guest Services: manages and implements all customer service initiatives.
Chris Waldmann Account Executive: generates season ticket & group sales revenue by building and maintaining customer relationships.

Friday, May 14th - Dave Deal checks in with Mystics Camp and Emma news. [permalink]

Hello Mystics Fans – long time, no talk. Well, colleague and fellow blogger Chris Waldman dropped by as I was writing my latest submission and proceeded to mock my recent posts – “excited for season, camps, daughter Emma, blah, blah, blah – same pattern”. So in honor of his excellence, I will break the mold somewhat and instead talk about what’s happening this week.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending our 2nd Annual Corporate Partner Luncheon which was held at Morton’s the Steakhouse. The corporate partnership staff, Rob, Liz, and LaRhonda, did an unbelievable job on the event and deserve a round of applause. During the lunch itself, Jill Glessner (Camps & Clinics Intern) and I were seated with members of the presenting sponsor of the summer camp program, Inova Health Systems, including Rod, Bob, Rachel, Rebecca, and Donna. It was a great opportunity to learn more about each other both professionally and personally and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did and I look forward to working together this summer.

Speaking of camps, we’ve been busy since our last post, adding a camp week at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA and a girls only camp at the Discovery Sports Center in Boyds, MD through a partnership with One-on-One Basketball. The two additions bring our total to 20 for the inaugural season of summer camps, tipping off with a camp at the Oakland Terrace Elementary School on June 21. Registrations are still available, but the spots are filling up quickly – register today at

Personally, the Deal family is on a mission to find a place residence in DC as my current apartment lease expires at the end of the month. We’ve looked all over the area – Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Rockville, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Columbia, Ellicott City, the list goes on and on but we hope to make a final decision early next week. It’s been a stressful process and I’ll be very thankful when we’re settled regardless of location. At the risk of getting some ridicule from Mr. Waldman, a report on Emma has her checking in at three months old on Wednesday. I’ve posted the latest picture below.

Don’t forget the home opener is next Friday, May 21. If you haven’t already done so, call for your tickets today – you won’t want to miss any of the action.

See you at camp this summer!

Thursday, May 13th - Game Operations Intern, Adrien Jarny, introduces himself. [permalink]

BONJOUR Mystics Fans!

We are only a week away from Opening Night against the New York Liberty!

I say “Bonjour” because I am an intern from France and I work in the Game Operations department. I am really happy to have my first experience in the USA; it has been a dream since my childhood. I love American culture and your way of living with sports, music (hip hop, jazz, soul and funk) and cinema (I am a sucker for Pixar’s film & short films).

Right now, I have a very interesting internship which totally corresponds to what I would like to do after my Business & Management School back in France. I am learning so many things about the organization, plus I work in great conditions thanks to a pleasant team work. I feel that my English is improving more and more every day. I am also lucky to have five very nice roommates from different origins (Germany, Minnesota, Alaska…).

I am so excited to go to New York City in two weeks with my girlfriend and see the Empire State Building, raid the NBA Store, run in Central Park, do a boat trip to say hello to Lady Liberty and have a ride in a yellow cab before going to sleep in Brooklyn.

I am glad that the Celtics have won Game 5 against Cleveland. I am hoping for a final between the Lakers & Celtics -- my two favorite teams!

Well Mystics Fans, that’s it! See you on May 21st for Opening Night.

Until next time… GO MYSTICS!!

Wednesday, May 12th - Crystal Hudson talks wins... [permalink]

Wow, it sure is busy here in Mystics land!! We officially welcomed the 2010 WNBA Pre-Season with our 2nd Annual School Day game against the New York Liberty last Wednesday (we got the W!); we played a friendly scrimmage against the Polish National Team last night at St. John’s College High School, where Marissa Coleman attended high school (although unofficial, another W nonetheless!); and I just returned to the office from our 2nd Annual Mystics Sponsor Luncheon at Morton’s the Steakhouse (judging by our 120+ attendance, I’d say we got a W on the front office side as well).

Needless to say, we’ve started the pre-season with many wins – both on and off the court; and we’re all anxiously awaiting the start of the regular season this Saturday, as the Mystics fly out to take on the 2009 Eastern Conference Champion Indiana Fever. Here’s hoping we stay on track and get another W under our belts….

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next Friday, May 21st for our home opener!! Go Mystics!!

Tuesday, May 11th - Angela Taylor can't believe the season is here. [permalink]

Hello Mystics Fans,

It has been some time since I last wrote a blog and there is so much to say, but I’m going to resist writing my typical 4-page blog this time. As of this morning, we are approximately 105 hours away from the official start of our season at Indiana’s Conseco Fieldhouse. I can’t believe it. The off-season is so long & we can’t wait for the season to start, but now I think we would all agree that we would love some extra time to get ready for another exciting season.

Our last 17 days has been spent on identifying the best 11 players to take to battle this season as we compete for that Eastern Conference Championship. From Day 1, Coach Plank and her staff set the tone for competing on every second & on every play. The tone started with the coaches & the players have been very receptive. As our veterans returned to camp over the course of the first couple of weeks, the intensity continued to elevate. We were quite pleased with the group of women that we brought into camp in 2009 & are even more impressed with the group that has stepped onto the court this year.

Not only are they a talented group, but they are also a great group of young women who we would be proud to have in a Mystics uniform this summer. Unfortunately, there are only 11 spots, so we will have some very difficult decisions to make.

We don’t have to turn in our final roster until the afternoon of Friday, May 14th and we plan to use every last second we have in order to put together a roster that our Mystics fans will enjoy watching as we compete & fight every night.

Camp has seen several different players stepping up & getting noticed. I think we all agree that it was wonderful seeing Katie Smith in a Mystics uniform during our first two exhibition games. Marissa Coleman and Monique Currie have had two very good exhibition games. Nikki Blue & Kristen Mann played very well against NY and have had good camps. Our rookies Shanavia Dowdell & Jacinta Monroe continue to work hard at becoming professionals every day. The list could go on & on as well.

For those of you who didn’t see AB on the bench at the exhibition game against New York, she is doing very well. I continued to be impressed by what a quality person she is as she shows us how to take adversity head on & not let it get the best of you. She comes to practice with a smile on everyday & continues to encourage and motivate her teammates to greatness. We will miss her on the court this season, but we will play with her fighting spirit throughout every game!!

We are also all awaiting the return of Matee Ajavon to DC as she & her Fenerbahce team is competing in the Turkish League Finals. They are up 2-0 in the five-game series and play game #3 tonight. Keep your fingers crossed that they close out the series, so that Matee can hop on a flight ASAP & getting ready for the opening of the season.

I hope to see many of you out a Marissa’s high school (St. John’s College High School) this evening as we have an open practice against the Polish National Team & against our men’s practice squad. It will be a great opportunity for you to get a live peek at how our roster is shaping up until our first home game on May 21st.

So much more to share with you so be on the lookout for Mystics Gametime w/ AT this season as I will share some insight & behind the scenes footage from the road with the team. I will blog before & after the games, answer questions, and interview players/coaches. Check out for the launch of this page.

Until next time Mystics Fans….

Go Mystics,

Monday, May 3rd - Dave Deal talks basketball and camps. [permalink]

Hello Mystics Fans. We are now in the month of May which means it’s time to play some basketball! Can you believe we are only two days away from tipping off the preseason versus New York? The game is our Second Annual School Day Game with a tip-off time of 11:30 am and is sure to be intense with players trying to prove themselves worthy of one of the few roster spots available. If you haven’t already come on board with season and/or group tickets, what are you waiting for? It’s the 11th hour – call today.

As I’m sure you all know, the weather has been very warm the last few days which can only mean one thing … summer is fast approaching and as such we’re gearing up for our inaugural summer of youth camps! We are six weeks to the day from officially kicking off the program and the excitement is building. If you haven’t heard already, the Mystics are offering basketball camps for boys AND girls, ages 5-16, at locations throughout Maryland and Virginia. We are accepting registrations now and the spots are filling up quickly so quit stalling and register today so your son and/or daughter can learn from the Pros! The camp information, including the complete schedule and registration links, is available by clicking on the Camps & Clinics tab on the Mystics homepage or directly at

On the home front, Emma is almost 12 weeks old – I just typed that and still can’t believe it, how time flies at this age. She is a joy and surprises us daily. Just a few days ago, while laying on the couch cushion, she decided it was time to roll over! We couldn’t believe it and had to get it on video to share with family and friends. What a momentous occasion and one that made mommy and daddy very proud. I’m sure I’ll have some more updates in my later blog submissions, but until then …

See you this season and at camp this summer!

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