66ers Basketball Operations
BRANDON BARNETT | Director of Minor League Operations/Pro Scout
Brandon Barnett is in his sixth season with the Tulsa 66ers. Barnett oversees the minor league operations for the 66ers, including scouting talent, player contracts and working to execute the Thunder system in Tulsa. In 2012, Barnett was also named a pro scout by Oklahoma City, scouting NBA games for the Thunder basketball operations staff in addition to his 66ers duties.
Barnett joined the organization after working for the NBA League office in New York City for the previous five years. While with the league office, Barnett served most recently as Senior Coordinator of Basketball Operations for the NBA Development League. He joined the D-League during the 2004-05 season as an intern and quickly solidified his value to the Basketball Operations department. Barnettís role in the D-League, among other things, involved evaluating, recruiting and signing players for the league.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Barnett graduated cum laude from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., in 2003, with a Bachelorís degree in Broadcast Journalism.
STEVE SCALZI | Assistant Coach/Video Analyst
Steve Scalzi is in his first season as a video analyst and assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers. Scalzi joined the 66ers prior to the 2013-14 NBA D-League season after spending seven seasons with Northeastern Universityís menís basketball program.
In his seven seasons as Northeasternís director of basketball operations, Scalzi coordinated team travel arrangements and was responsible for managing film exchanges for scouting purposes. He also assisted with NCAA compliance, on-campus recruiting, team academics, and served as the direct liaison with numerous departments on campus, including alumni relations and community relations. Scalzi was promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Huskies in June 2013. During his tenure, Northeastern clinched postseason NIT appearances in 2010 and 2013.
A 2006 graduate of Boston College, Scalzi spent four seasons as a student assistant on the Eagles staff, where he was awarded the Mary Kaye Waldron Award for outstanding dedication to BC basketball. During his time at BC, the Eagles earned three NCAA tournament berths, made one trip to the NIT and claimed the 2005 Big East regular-season title.
Scalzi holds a dual bachelor's degree from Boston College in history and human development and earned his master's degree in corporate leadership and organizational communications from Northeastern in 2009.
DR. SEBASTIEN POIRIER | Athletic Trainer
Dr. Sebastien Poirier is in his first year as the 66ersí athletic trainer. Poirier is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the health and wellness of Tulsa players through analysis, treatment, recovery, and medical operations.
Poirier joined the 66ers prior to the 2013-14 NBA D-League season after working as a full-time physical therapist and part-time athletic trainer and personal trainer at Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in his hometown of Newton, Mass. In addition to his practice, Poirier served as an assistant athletic trainer for the NBA D-Leagueís Springfield Armor and a consultant for the New England Colonials international basketball club. Poirier was also a strength and conditioning coach for TD Athletes Edge in Swampscott, Mass.
Poirier received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2012 after earning his bachelorís degree in athletic training from Salem State University in 2009, where he competed on the Vikings swimming team. The son of French immigrants, Poirier is fluent in the French language.
KURTIS RAYFIELD | Athletic Performance Coordinator
Kurtis Rayfield is in his first year as the athletic performance coordinator of the 66ers. Rayfield is responsible for the development and implementation of strength and nutritional programs for the 66ers, as well as assisting each player in establishing a personalized diet and training program.
Rayfield joined the Tulsa staff after two years at Stanford University as a graduate assistant sports performance coach. While at Stanford, Rayfield was responsible for training the Cardinal's women's basketball, men's swimming and sailing teams while assisting with men's basketball. Prior to his time at Stanford, Rayfield participated in internship programs with the Chicago Bulls, University of Wisconsin hockey, University of Pittsburgh football, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Winona State University.
Rayfield is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has Level 1 Sports Performance Coaching Certification from USA Weightlifting. He holds a bachelor's in exercise and sport science with a concentration in strength and conditioning and a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master's in kinesiology from San Jose State University. He is a native of Elkhorn, Wis., and an Eagle Scout.
BEN COLDAGELLI | Public Relations Manager
Ben Coldagelli is in his second year with the Tulsa 66ers as the club's public relations manager. Coldagelli handles all day-to-day basketball communications and corporate communications for the team, serving as the primary liaison between the 66ers and local and national media. He also provides content for the 66ers website and oversees all player-involved community relations.
Prior to his time with the 66ers, Coldagelli served as a member of the University of Oklahoma's athletics communications department for three years. While at OU, Coldagelli worked with the Sooners' men's gymnastics and women's golf programs, promoting individual NCAA champions from both programs and multiple members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. He also served as a training camp public relations assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coldagelli originally joined the Thunder organization as an analytics game-night intern in the 2009-10 before becoming a member of the Thunder's game-night public relations staff for the following two seasons. He began his current role with the organization in September 2012.
A native of New Berlin, Wis., Coldagelli earned his bachelorís degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in classical culture.