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UConn alumnus Dan Padover named general manager of Atlanta Dream

Padover spent the 2009-10 season as a student assistant to the director of basketball operations at UConn.

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UConn alumnus Dan Padover will take over as the general manager of the Atlanta Dream after spending the previous three years in the same role with the Las Vegas Aces. He was recently named the WNBA Executive of the Year for a second straight season after the Aces finished second in the league.

A 2010 graduate of UConn, Padover spent the 2009-10 season as a student assistant to the director of basketball operations with the Huskies’ women’s basketball team. After that, he got a job as an assistant video coordinator with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010 and then moved on to become the video coordinator for Rutgers women’s basketball in 2011.

In 2012, the New York Liberty hired Padover for the same position. For one season, he worked for both the Liberty and Scarlet Knights before the Liberty promoted him to manager of basketball operations. He rose up through the ranks of the organization and eventually became the team’s general manager in 2017.

Padover will join an Atlanta Dream organization that has UConn alumni at every level. Renee Montgomery is a part owner and also serves as the team’s vice president while Tiffany Hayes has spent the first nine years of her playing career with the Dream.