Eric Sebastian
Eric Sebastian

Position:
Director of Operations

Experience:
Sixth Season

Alma Mater:
SMU, 1994


11/10/2011

Memphis Basketball Notes

Tigers to host Christian Brothers Friday in final exhibition.

11/01/2011

Tigers Open Exhibition Play Wednesday Against LeMoyne-Owen

Game time is 7 p.m. (CT) at FedExForum.

03/17/2014

Memphis Basketball: ESPN College Game Day Sights and Sounds

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the college game day experience where the tigers took on the gonzaga bulldogs

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Puts on Dunk Show in 82-59 Win Over Houston

Watch the full highlights and recap of the Tigers' first AAC home win on Thursday night, cruising past the Houston Cougars 82-59.

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Wins Third Straight, Downing USF 80-58

Highlights and recap of the Tigers' 80-58 win over the USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in FedExForum.

01/22/2014

Memphis Basketball: On the Road To Philadelphia

Take a behind the scenes look at the Memphis men's basketball trip to the City of Brotherly Love to take on American Athletic Conference foe Temple. Go Tigers!

01/14/2014

Memphis Basketball Knocks Off No. 12 Louisville on the Road

Highlights and full recap of the Tigers upset win over the No. 12 and reigning national champion Louisville Cardinals on the road Thursday night.

03/21/2014

Memphis vs George Washington - NCAA Second Round

Memphis vs George Washington in the NCAA Second Round in Raleigh, N.C. on March 21, 2014. Photos by Tim Cowie

03/20/2014

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day on March 20, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.

11/07/2012

Memphis vs. CBU (Exhibition)

The Tigers hosted CBU in an exhibition game at FedExForum on Wednesday, November 7

Overall
• In his sixth season at the NCAA Division I level in 2014-15
• Prior to Memphis, worked in the NBA's Denver Nuggets media relations department for 15 seasons (1994-2009)
• Of those 15 seasons in Denver, spent the last six years (2003-09) as the Nuggets media relations director

Responsibilities
• Handles program's external and internal operations
• Organizes several of the Tigers community outreach events throughout the year
• Serves as director of the Josh Pastner Basketball Academy (basketball camps) in the summer
• Also taught a class, Chronology of Sport, in the University's Sport and Leisure Department in the fall of 2011

Memphis Director of Operations (2009-present)
• Member of the Tigers staff that posted 130 wins (130-44 record) in the first five seasons
• The 130 victories are the most by a staff in a head coach's first five years in school history
• The 130 victories are the seventh-most by a staff in a head coach's first five years in NCAA Division I history
• Member of the Tigers staff when the program transitioned to the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14 from Conference USA in 2012-13
• Won 20 or more games all five seasons, including 31 victories in 2012-13
• Earned postseason berths each of the five seasons (2010 NIT; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 NCAA)
• Tigers ranked among NCAA Division I top-15 in home attendance all five seasons
• The 20-win season in 2013-14 was the program's 14th-straight, the sixth-longest streak of its kind in NCAA Division I (current)
• Tigers won two Conference USA regular-season titles (2011-12, 2012-13) and three Conference USA Tournament crowns (2011, 2012, 2013)
• In the program's first season in the American Athletic Conference, Tigers posted a 24-10 overall record and a 12-6 league mark
• In 2012-13, Tigers went 31-5 overall and 16-0 in Conference USA
• The 30-win season was only the sixth in school history, and the 31 wins are tied for the fifth-most in the program's history
• The unblemished 16-0 league record was the Tigers' fourth in seven seasons (2007-13)
• Memphis swept the C-USA regular-season and tournament titles for the sixth time in the last eight seasons in 2012-13
• The Tigers earned an NCAA Tournament berth and advanced to the "Big Dance's" third round
• In 2011-12, Memphis won both the Conference USA regular season (13-3 league mark) and tournament championships and earned an NCAA Tournament berth
• In 2010-11, Memphis recorded a 25-10 record and won the C-USA Tournament held in El Paso, the program's first league tournament crown outside the Bluff City since 1987
• The Tigers put together a magical ride in the 2011 conference tournament, winning the title with a thrilling 67-66 victory over UTEP on the Miners' homecourt
• In his first season in 2009-10, Tigers posted a 24-10 overall record and received a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth

NBA Denver Nuggets Media Relations (1994-2009)
• Worked in the Denver Nuggets media relations department from 1994-2009, including a six-year stint (2003-09) as the department's director
• In his tenure as Denver's media relations director, worked with Nuggets head coach George Karl and NBA All-Stars Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson
• Directed several successful campaigns for players receiving NBA All-Star and All-NBA honors, including Marcus Camby who earned the 2006-07 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award
• Also worked on statistical projects for the Nuggets coaches and management and assisted in the process of free agent recruiting
• Part of the Nuggets' resurgence from 2003-04 through 2008-09, as Denver won 40 or more games each of those six seasons
• Denver averaged nearly 48 wins per year over that stretch and also made NBA playoff appearances all six season
• His final campaign in Denver (2008-09) was an historic one for the organization
• Nuggets won a then franchise-record 54 games (54-28 record; eclipsed by 2012-13 team's 57 wins), claimed a share of the NBA Northwest Division title and earned the Western Conference No. 2 seed in the playoffs
• Denver advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1985
• Billups and Anthony were named to the All-NBA third team, and Billups played in the NBA All-Star Game

Dallas Cowboys/World Cup (1994)
• Prior to joining the NBA, served as an intern in the Dallas Cowboys media relations office and men's World Cup organization

Personal
• Columbus, Ohio, native
• Graduated from SMU with a bachelor's degree in public relations in 1994 degree
• Earned his master's degree in sport and leisure commerce from Memphis in 2013
• Married to the former Natalie Witt
• Has two sons, Kade and Braxton

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