Name: Ed Stefanski
High School: Monsignor Bonner (Class of 1972)
College: Penn (Class of 1976)
Married: to Karen
Children: Ed Jr., Kevin, Matthew and David.
Penn: Played for the Quakers from 1974-76 as a point guard. Those three teams went a combined 61-20, won Ivy titles in '74 & '75, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
After Penn: Was a 10th-round selection of the Sixers in l976, but didn't make the club. Head coach at Bonner from 1978 to '83, winning the Catholic League title his last season. Was very successful for close to two decades in the mortgage business. Also worked as a television analyst for many years covering college basketball.
Basketball as profession: Named director of scouting for the Nets in 1999, promoted to senior vice president of basketball operations in 2003, then promoted to general manager in 2004. Some transactions in which Stefanski played a key role for the Nets included the drafting of Kenyon Martin with the first pick in 2000; the 2001 draft, in which the Nets traded the draft rights to Eddie Griffin (No. 7), to the Houston Rockets for Richard Jefferson (No. 13), Jason Collins (No. 18) and Brandon Armstrong (No. 23). Martin, Jefferson and Collins were starters on the Nets' 2002-03 Eastern Conference championship team; the 24th pick in the 2002 draft when the Nets selected Nenad Krstic.
Was also instrumental in the 2004 trade that sent Vince Carter from the Raptors to the Nets for Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and two first-round draft picks.