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Vipers to Announce New Head Coach in Press Conference Monday at 3:00 p.m.

WHO: New Vipers head coach

Vipers General Manager/Houston Rockets Vice President of Player Personnel Gersson Rosas

Vipers President Bert Garcia

WHAT: The introduction of the new head coach of the Vipers.

WHERE: Lone Star National Bank Corporate Headquarters

520 E. Nolana Avenue

4th Floor

McAllen, TX 78504

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2011

3:00 p.m.

Media are advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Members of the general public are welcome to attend.



MCALLEN, TEXAS – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced on Thursday that prospective players can tryout for the team on September 24 in Houston and October 9 in Edinburg.

The tryout on September 24 will run from 9:00 a.m.-to-4:00 p.m. at The Village High School at 2005 Gentryside Drive in Houston.

The tryout on October 9 will run from 9:00 a.m.-to-4:00 .m. at the University of Texas-Pan American Fieldhouse.

Both tryouts will be run by Vipers assistant coach Jai Steadman.

The cost for trying out is $150 by the Friday before each tryout and $200 at the door. Prospective players can pay in advance by calling Analee Flores with the Vipers at (956) 972-1144 or by stopping by the Vipers Pro Shop at 4500 N. 10th St. at Uptown Plaza in McAllen. Those paying in advance can pay by cash, cashier’s check, certified check or credit card. Those paying at the tryout must pay by cash, cashier’s check or certified check.

Registration forms can be found on Prospective players should e-mail their completed forms to Steadman at Prospective players with questions should contact Steadman directly at (225) 394-4930.

The Vipers invited three players to training camp out of their open tryouts last season. The most notable player from an open tryout to play for the Vipers is Craig Winder, who hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals to clinch the Vipers’ first championship.


Finch Promoted to Rockets

MCALLEN, TEXAS – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced on Friday that head coach Chris Finch has earned a promotion to become an assistant coach with their parent club, the Houston Rockets.

“I want to thank everybody within the Vipers organization for all their support and professionalism over the last two years. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and working with everybody. I found the experience both rewarding and very helpful in preparing me for my next opportunity,” Finch said.

Finch becomes the second Vipers coach to earn a promotion to an NBA coaching staff, with Robert Pack, an assistant coach during the 2008-09 season, becoming an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets, who were one of the Vipers’ parents clubs that year. Pack is now on the Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching staff.

Finch is the second coach to earn a promotion to the NBA this off-season, following in the footsteps of Maine Red Claws head coach Austin Ainge, who recently joined the Boston Celtics as Director of Player Personnel. Finch is also the 29th coach to earn a promotion to the NBA in NBA Development League history.

“This is a great opportunity for Chris and I am very excited for him and his family. Chris has done an outstanding job with the Vipers and he is very deserving of this chance to be on Coach McHale's Rockets staff. During his time in the Rio Grande Valley, Chris did a terrific job of developing many of our young players while still managing to lead the Vipers to back-to-back NBA D-League Finals, including a championship two seasons ago. I have complete confidence he will bring that same winning mindset to his responsibilities with the Rockets,” said Vipers General Manager Gersson Rosas, who is also the Vice President of Player Personnel for the Rockets.

Named the third head coach in Vipers history on September 29, 2009, Finch completed the second biggest turnaround in NBA Development League history by taking the Vipers from back-to-back 21-29 records to a 34-16 record while earning the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award before winning the championship. Finch led the Vipers back to the Finals this past season, marking just the second time that feat has ever been accomplished. With a record of 65-33 (.663) in two seasons, Finch is not only the winningest head coach in Vipers history, but he also holds the third highest winning percentage in NBA Development League history (minimum of five games coached), behind only Hornets assistant coach Bryan Gates (Idaho Stampede, 2006-09) and Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger (Dakota Wizards, 2006-07), who both finished at .666. In a 14-year career as a head coach, the 41-year old Finch holds a record of 446-221 (.679). His resume includes 13 playoff appearances while finishing either first or second in the regular season 11 times. Finch has won eight championships and five Coach of the Year awards.

Finch is also the head coach of the Great Britain National Team, who he will lead into the 2012 Olympics in London.

"We want to thank Chris for being a such a big part of our organization, both on and off the court, for the last two years. From the moment Chris arrived in the Valley, he wanted to be heavily involved in the community. I’ll never forget that weekend in March when we didn’t have any games. Rather than take the time off, Chris took the entire team and staff to go help Paint McAllen Beautiful. He was a great ambassador for the Rio Grande Valley everywhere he went, and I have no doubt he will continue to be that in Houston. Chris is one of the best coaches in the world and we wish him the best of luck with the Rockets,” Vipers President Bert Garcia said.

The Rockets will immediately being the search for the fourth head coach in Vipers history.


Snake Charmers to Hold Tryouts in Mid-July

MCALLEN, TEXAS – The NBA Development League RioGrande Valley Vipers announced Wednesday that they are holding tryouts for theSnake Charmers dance team, presented by RGV Careers, on July 16 and 17 at theSummit Sports Club in Pharr.

Prospective Snake Charmers 18 years and olderwho are high school graduates or have a GED can tryout. The Snake Charmers notonly dance at the games, but are also a part of the community, making both paidand charity appearances.

To sign up, prospective Snake Charmers shouldfill out the registration form at and e-mail it to Analee Floresat Flores isalso available to answer questions over the phone at (956) 972-1144.


Vipers to Hold Press Conference Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

WHO:  Vipers President Bert Garcia.

WHAT:  An announcement regarding a major award for the franchise.

WHERE:  Pepper’s at Uptown

               4500 N. 10th St.

               McAllen, TX 78504

WHEN:  Thursday, May 26, 2011


Media are advisedto arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Members of the generalpublic are welcome to attend.