Magic GM Weisbrod steps down
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic general manager/chief
operating officer John Weisbrod has stepped down from his position to pursue
an opportunity in hockey.
Weisbrod was named GM of the Magic on March 12, 2004. He oversaw all aspects
of basketball operations, including player acquisitions through the draft,
free agency and trades, player development, scouting, salary cap management,
contract negotiations and staff personnel decisions.
The 36-year-old Weisbrod served as chief operating officer of RDV Sports since
2000. His responsibilities included the management of an RDV Sports staff
numbering more than 300 and the oversight of all business transactions of the
Magic and RDV Sportsplex.
Prior to being appointed COO, Weisbrod served as vice president and general
manager of the Orlando Solar Bears. In four years under his guidance, the
Solar Bears enjoyed the highest winning percentage in the International Hockey
League. Orlando won a pair of Eastern Conference crowns and captured the IHL’s
Turner Cup championship in 2000-01.
“We wish John all the best in making a return to the sport of his passion,”
said Magic president and chief executive officer Bob Vander Weide. “We thank
him for his leadership and vision over the past eight years. He will be
Meanwhile, Vander Weide also announced Monday that director of player
personnel Dave Twardzik and director of player development Otis Smith
will head the basketball operations of the Magic, while Jim Fritz will
continue in his role as executive vice president of business.
Twardzik was named director of player personnel for Orlando on September 15,
2003, while Smith was appointed director of player of development on the same
Fritz is in his 11th year with the Magic. He was promoted to his current
position in March of 2004.
“Dave and Otis complement each other very well and have formed a unique
bond,” added Vander Weide. “They bring a wide range of experience, great
energy, dedication, leadership and vision to our basketball operations.
“Jim, who has been with us for 10-plus years, has been overseeing our
day-to-day business operations for more than a year. He grew up in
Orlando and has strong roots in the community. He has outstanding
knowledge and expertise in regard to business strategic planning, fan
relations, community relations, corporate relations, finance and