Monday, June 09, 2008

Sixers extend DiLeo, Witte

The Philadelphia 76ers signed Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Tony DiLeo and Director of Player Personnel Courntey Witte to multi-year contract extensions Monday. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

“During my time here, I’ve had a chance to see first-hand the work ethic, time and dedication both Tony and Courtney have invested in this organization,” General Manger Ed Stefanski said. “I am not only confident and comfortable that their experience and knowledge will continue to be invaluable assets, but I look forward to working with them as we collectively pursue our goal of bringing a championship to Philadelphia.”

DiLeo is in his 19th season with the 76ers basketball operations department. After spending four seasons as the Sixers director of player personal (1999-03), he was promoted to his current position in September, 2003. He is primarily responsible for assisting Stefanski with player procurement through his evaluation of amateur and professional talent, while also supervising the team’s draft effort, and college and professional scouting systems.

During his tenure, DiLeo has been involved in every aspect of the team's basketball operations, including coaching, scouting and management. Formerly the team’s director of scouting and assistant coach, DiLeo has extensive experience in international basketball, both as a player and coach. He played and coached in West Germany for 10 seasons before joining the Sixers staff for the 1990-91 season. He coached the West German men’s and women’s teams from 1979-90, winning nine national titles in the country’s top division. DiLeo was selected as the West German federation National Coach (1981-85) and the country’s coach of the year in 1987.

Courtney Witte is in his 11th season with 76ers basketball operations department and 22nd overall in the NBA. After serving as the Sixers director of scouting for two seasons (2001-03), Witte was promoted to his current position in September, 2003. He will continue to be involved in all aspects of the team’s basketball operations, including the draft night preparation and the coordination of Sixers professional scouting and collegiate player evaluation process.

Witte joined the Sixers prior to the 1998-99 season as a video coordinator and scout after spending 11 seasons with the Indiana Pacers. He served as an assistant coach/director of scouting for the Sixers, after a two-year stint as an assistant coach/head scout.

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