ATLANTA – Chris Sienko has been named General Manager of the Atlanta Dream, it has been announced by owners Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler.
A veteran of the WNBA, Sienko served as the Vice President and General Manager of he Connecticut Sun for 14 seasons, taking over with the Mohegan Tribe purchase of the Orlando Miracle and relocation of the team to Connecticut on January 28, 2003.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to our team,” Dream President Theresa Wenzel said. “He brings a wealth of WNBA knowledge to the franchise. Chris will be another instrumental piece to us moving the Dream forward and helping Nicki (Collen) build a successful team on and off the court.”
During his tenure, Connecticut became the first profitable team in WNBA history and has maintained a positive revenue flow in every year since 2007. Sienko helped orchestrate 25 trades during his tenure and the Sun advanced to the postseason eight times, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals five times and the WNBA Finals twice. He hired head coaches Mike Thibault, Anne Donovan and Curt Miller. Sienko was taked with helping to bring a new head coach to Atlanta, which culminated with the Collen hiring.
Sienko served on many different committees for the WNBA, including the Competition Committee, Rules and Regulations and was an Alternate Governor on the WNBA Board of Governors.
In 2013, Sienko was chosen to serve on the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee quadrennial. Sienko helped pick the 2014 USA World Championship and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams during the four-year commitment.
Prior to joining Mohegan Sun, Sienko was an integral part in the start-up of another professional sports team, the ABL’s New England Blizzard, where he served as vice president of marketing, then general manager. He also was president of the Arthur Robert Group, a small advertising agency in Connecticut for eight years, as well as vice president of marketing for thePit.com, which was successfully sold to Topps, Inc. in 2000.
Sienko is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.