USF Alumni Bolster Warriors’ Strength

Golden State Warriors fans will be thrilled to learn that the team’s “strength in numbers” approach extends to a team-sized contingent of USF alumni working for the championship-winning organization.

USFers coordinate media coverage, cater to corporate clients’ luxury suite needs, build local partnerships, and more.

“It was so surreal being at all the games last season and witnessing the team’s historic 73-win season,” says sport management alumna Natalie Bohonsky MA ’15, who does public relations for the Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Paul Ratner MA ’08, who started as a Warriors sport management intern while at USF, is the team’s director of suite and hospitality solutions. Public Affairs Coordinator Sebastian Conn MA ’16 spent much of last year as an intern building partnerships and educating city leaders and residents about the advantages of the Warriors’ new Mission Bay arena, which is currently in the planning stage.

Nick Bisho MA ’03 works in suite sales, Stevie Gray MA ’04 works in ticket operations, Theo Ellington MA ’16 is public affairs director, Joel Keylon MA ’15 is a partnership development coordinator, Joel Kretzinger MA ’10 works in ticket services, and Tom Sweeney MA ’13 is an account executive.

“Attending the 2015 championship parade with my parents was the most exciting experience I have had so far working for the Warriors,” says Keylon, a sport management alumnus who chose the program for its location in one of the hottest sports markets in the country.