University of San Francisco’s Silk Speaker Series Welcomes Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr on October 23

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 17, 2018) -- The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Silk Speaker Series will host Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr for a moderated talk on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center on campus. The event is open to the public (registration is required) and will be moderated by former head coach of the USF women’s basketball team and Director of Special Initiatives Jennifer Azzi and Dan Rascher, professor and director of Academic Programs for the Sport Management program.

“It is a pleasure to welcome one of the greatest coaches in the world to the University of San Francisco,” stated Azzi. “Steve Kerr is an incredible person with an acute awareness of his platform to speak up for those who might not have a voice. Steve’s brilliance is that he transcends coaching and his leadership reaches far beyond the basketball court.”

Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr carries 30 years of NBA experience as a player, coach, television analyst, and front office executive, including a three-year stint as president of basketball operations and general manager for the Phoenix Suns. Currently entering his fifth season as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Kerr has guided the club through four of the most prolific seasons in NBA history with a list of accomplishments that includes three NBA championships, four straight NBA Finals appearances, the NBA’s single-season wins record (73), an NBA Coach of the Year award (2015–16), and four of the five winningest seasons in franchise history.

“Given his broad and deep knowledge of the business of sports as an athlete, executive, broadcaster, and coach, combined with his unique global perspective on where sports sits in our culture, Steve Kerr can educate our students on important leadership qualities,” said Rascher.

Now in its second year, the Silk Speaker Series has featured speakers including NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., 66th Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve Dr. Janet L. Yellen, Nobel laureates in economic sciences Dr. Myron Scholes and Dr. Robert Merton, and Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc., among others.

Event Details

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6 to 7:15 p.m.
War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center, University of San Francisco
Seating is limited and registration is required.
Journalists interested in covering the event should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or

About the USF Silk Speaker Series

Funded by a transformational gift to the University of San Francisco by investment expert Jeff Silk ’87 and his wife Naomi, the USF Silk Speaker Series brings international thought leaders in business, finance and global issues to USF’s campus. Learn more about the Jeff & Naomi Silk Speaker Series.

About the Moderators

Jennifer Azzi is director of special initiatives at the University of San Francisco. She has been inducted into seven halls of fame, including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Jennifer is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Stanford NCAA National Champion, two-time World Champion, Naismith Award and Wade Trophy award winner, WNBA All-Star, NCAA Silver Anniversary Award Winner, and was head coach of the University of San Francisco women’s basketball team where she led the program to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 20 years.

Dan Rascher is director of academic programs and professor in the Master in Sport Management program at the University of San Francisco, where he also teaches courses in sports economics and finance and research methods. He has authored over fifty articles and book chapters, as well as a textbook in the sport management and economics fields, has been interviewed hundreds of times by the media for his opinion on various aspects of the business of sports, and has given over one hundred presentations at professional and academic conferences.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit