Sunday, July 14, 2024

Shawn Cooprider named Managing Owner of Wenatchee Bighorns

Anthony Williams, CEO of the Wenatchee Bighorns, stands with Shawn Cooprider, newly named co-owner, alongside Evelyn Magley, CEO of The Basketball League (TBL), and David Magley, TBL President, as they announce Cooprider's involvement with the Bighorns. This partnership aims to strengthen the team's commitment to community and financial stability.
Anthony Williams, CEO of the Wenatchee Bighorns, stands with Shawn Cooprider, newly named co-owner, alongside Evelyn Magley, CEO of The Basketball League (TBL), and David Magley, TBL President, as they announce Cooprider's involvement with the Bighorns. This partnership aims to strengthen the team's commitment to community and financial stability.
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WENATCHEE – Shawn Cooprider has been named the managing owner of the Wenatchee Bighorns, in partnership with Anthony Williams. Serving as co-owner and President of Business Operations, Cooprider expressed his commitment to developing an organization aimed at benefiting the community for the long term. "We can get the building blocks in place moving forward,” Cooprider stated. “I believe in the vision of the TBL and basketball as a vehicle to do that. It’s an asset to the community if you do it right.”

Despite this being technically the Bighorns' second season in The Basketball League (TBL), changes in ownership and other adjustments signify a fresh start for the team. Williams highlighted the significance of establishing a foundation that ensures financial stability. "He delivers established excellence in every category of business," Williams commented on Cooprider's involvement, emphasizing his proven track record and the importance of a respected local owner committed to prioritizing the community.

Cooprider, a Wenatchee High School alumnus, distinguished himself in academics and athletics, receiving the American Legion Medal and Certificate of School Award upon graduation. He pursued higher education at Washington State University, earning a degree in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in Economics. His professional journey includes roles at Fortune 500 companies, leading to entrepreneurial ventures in tech startups, offering him insights into partnership collaboration, capital raising, and the dynamics of mergers and acquisitions.

The Bighorns represent an opportunity for Cooprider to blend his entrepreneurial background with his newfound interest in philanthropy. "I just love the vision of the TBL and the Bighorns," Cooprider explained, "and the commitment each has made to serving the community first." He looks forward to contributing to the community that has supported him and his family by encouraging youth activities and volunteering.

After more than thirty years away, Cooprider sees this as an opportune moment to return to his roots and contribute to the community's growth, especially within the sports sector. "It’s going to be exciting to get back and see old friends, faces and see how the community has changed," he said. "It’s exciting to see the growth specifically in the sports community. It would be satisfying to be able to make this into an organization for everyone to be proud of."

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