The United States Sports Academy’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year Dennis Lindsey was recently promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Utah Jazz franchise.
Lindsey previously served as the team’s general manager since 2012. He earned his Master of Sport Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 1994.
In his new role Lindsey will oversee the Jazz basketball operations staff and develop and maintain the organization’s long-term strategic vision.
Lindsey has served as the Utah Jazz general manager for the past seven years, assembling teams that have reached the NBA Playoffs for the last three years and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals in 2017 and 2018. Lindsey finished as the runner-up in the voting for the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year.
His tenure has featured the addition of support staff to the team’s basketball operations department and implementation of enhanced performance and analytics tracking systems. He was also instrumental in the return of NBA summer league basketball to Salt Lake City.
“The Jazz are a tremendous organization and I am thankful to the Miller family for leading an organization that I aspire to work with for years to come,” Lindsey said. “Our entire basketball operations and coaching staff are a terrific group who are all focused on the same goal.”
Lindsey came to Utah after spending five seasons with San Antonio as the Spurs’ vice president and assistant general manager where he directed the team’s player personnel matters, NBA Draft preparations, professional, college and international scouting, and the team’s analytical department. Prior to the Spurs, Lindsey spent 11 seasons with the Houston Rockets as the team’s vice president of basketball operations and player personnel from 2002-07.
A native of Freeport, Texas, Lindsey earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1992 and a master’s degree in sports management from the Academy in 1994. Lindsey played guard on the Baylor University basketball team for four seasons (1988-92). He and his wife, Becky, have four children.