The Philadelphia 76ers made a solid addition to their front office with the hiring of Annelie Schmittel as Vice President of Player Development.
With everything surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers, the hiring of another front office executive may not seem like a big deal. However, bringing Annelie Schmittel into the Sixers organization is important on several fronts. Most importantly, the Sixers fill their need for a Vice President (VP) of Player Development. The responsibilities for that position are outlined below.
“…Schmittel will be responsible for creating, managing and overseeing the holistic development and implementation of programs that support the professional and personal growth of 76ers players, staff and families.”
The role that Schmittel will be taking on shows that the Sixers are focusing on more than just player development. Including staff and the players’ families shows the franchise is trying to build tighter bonds from within. Schmittell gave her thoughts about the hire.
‘”I am excited to join the 76ers and further the organization’s mission of providing best-in-class service and support to our players and their families, as well as our dynamic staff…This is an important time in the growth and development of the team. The 76ers have an innovative and progressive infrastructure in place. I look forward to the opportunity of growing and solidifying our athlete development efforts for years to come.”‘
This hire adds further diversity to the Sixers front office. In Aug. 2018 the club hired former WNBA player Lindsey Harding as a scout. Like Harding, Schmittel has the qualifications for her new job. She was even praised by the 76ers Executive VP of Basketball Operations Alex Rucker as’”…a rising star in the sports world…”‘.
Scmittel’s worked with the Oakland Raiders for the past three seasons as a member of the player engagement staff, where she worked with current and former players involved with the Raiders organization. She also helped transition the Raiders rookies with various programs. Before joining Oakland, she was published and won several accolades for her work as a researcher and instructor at the University of Florida.
The hire makes sense on multiple levels for the Philadelphia 76ers. They get a qualified individual who should help with relationship development between the organization and their players along with their families.