RazorSharks to Support 19th Annual Safe Summer Event
On Friday July 25th, The Rochester RazorSharks and the IBERO American Action League aim to generate cancer awareness in the community with the 19th Annual Safe Summer Event! The event will be held in the Wegman Lounge at Seneca Park from 11am-4pm.
This is a great opportunity to support the community and meet local officials. For more information, contact event coordinator James Smith at
IBERO began its work within the community in 1968. IBERO has since grown into an agency that employs over 270 people and currently has 22 sites. IBERO currently provides services in the areas of developmental disabilities, education, children, youth, healthcare, housing, families, senior services and entrepreneurship programs.
Finley hits the Jungle for Seneca Park Zoo Annual 5K
The Razorsharks and Finley would like to thank Seneca Park Zoo for putting on the historic Jungle Jog 5K, Seneca Park Mile, and Kid`s Fun Run with great success once again! The Seneca Park Zoo`s first Jungle Jog was held in 1990 and every year since it has grown; raising thousands of dollars to help make the Zoo a staple of the Rochester community.
Despite the rain their was a tremendous outpouring of support from the participants, which is what makes this event a continued success. We hope to join the Jungle Jog next year and participate in the type of event that helps showcase Rochester`s longstanding fundraising ability for great causes!
RazorSharks Help Relay For Life Raise Over $22,000
The Rochester RazorSharks would like to thank everybody who supported Relay for Life through their donations and participation in the event! Thanks to your contributions, and to those who walked throughout the night, we helped raise over $22,000 to provide relief for those struggling with cancer.
Donations can still be made at our donations page though August 31st, so it's not too late for those who want to help. Contact Cara Benjamin by phone at 585-232-9190 or by email at
with any questions.
Robert Spon Coaches Local Kids at YMCA Basketball Camp
RazorSharks Head Coach Robert Spon and 2014 PBL Champion Ayodele Coker are teaching local children the fundamentals of basketball at the YMCA Basketball Camp at both the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA downtown and EastSide YMCA in Penfield. The camp runs from July 21st - July 25th from 9 - 11 a.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. The children will engage in skill drills and mini-games throughout the week to learn the key skills to excel in basketball. Thank you to both YMCA locations for opening their gyms and families to this experience with the RazorSharks!
On Sunday, June 20th, the Seneca Park Zoo Society will be hosting the 25th running of the Zoo's Jungle Jog 5K and Seneca Park Mile! The fundraiser takes runners of all ages through Lower Seneca Park and past the Zoo's animals. Finley the Shark will be making an appearance to cheer the runners on, and participants of all ages and abilities are invited to sign up.
Head on over to Medved Running and Walking Outfitters on Friday and Saturday for your last chance to register! The 5K starts at 8:30am. For more information, visit www.senecaparkzoo.org.
Join Finley and the Newark Pilots for Mascot Night!
Come out and join Finley and all of his Rochester mascot pals for Mascot Night at Colburn Park! The game starts at 7:00pm Friday night, as the Newark Pilots take on the Elmira Pioneers. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children (up to age 18). For more information about the Pilots, visit their website at www.newarkpilots.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Coach Spon Aims to Continue Tradition of Excellence
During an introductory press conference held inside the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday, fans of the Rochester RazorSharks got to hear from newly acquired head coach Robert Spon for the first time. Coach Spon took the opportunity to issue some strong words to supporters of the team:
“Let’s get the word out on the street that we’re back. Let’s fill this arena like back in the Baker days…The dynasty is back.”
The “dynasty” that Coach Spon is referring to is the era of Rod Baker, the ‘Sharks head coach from 2005-2012 who won four championships in seven seasons with the team.
The franchise has experienced success without Baker, as evidenced by last year’s team going 17-1 during the regular season and clinching the 2014 PBL Championship. However, since Baker’s departure, the head coaching position for the 'Sharks has been on a year-to-year basis. In the past two years, both coaching hires Cliff Levingston and Lawrence Moten were with the RazorSharks for one season.
Coach Spon assured fans that his enthusiasm to be with the RazorSharks will be lasting. “I’m not going anywhere. As long as the owner wants me here, I’m going to be here, because I want to be with this organization.”
Over the course of the press conference, Coach Spon laid out his vision of the future for his new team and set the tone that will ultimately define his tenure with the Razorsharks organization. His ultimate goal: to provide continuity at the head coaching position, and to maintain the excellence of the Rochester franchise.
“I’m just excited to be here in Rochester. Great city, great sports town…and I want to continue to bring championships to Rochester and to the RazorSharks organization.”
The RazorSharks are thrilled to have Coach Spon leading the team to continued success. Thank you again from the entire organization to all those who came to show their support!
To see the complete press conference on YouTube, click here.
2014 PBL Champion Jerice Crouch will return to the RazorSharks this upcoming season.
The Rochester RazorSharks announced that veteran guard Jerice Crouch has been resigned and is ready to defend Rochester’s Premier Basketball Championship in the upcoming 2015 season.
Crouch was a crucial piece of last year’s title team, averaging 21 points and 5 assists during the course of the playoffs. His effort and production led to his being named the Playoffs Most Valuable Player after defeating the Indianapolis Diesels in the championship round. Crouch holds the all-time record for assists by a RazorShark player with 548, and is second on the all-time list for points scored with 1,776. This will mark the 8th appearance with the organization for the 4-time PBL Champion.
The Premier Basketball League Welcomes New Team Racine Storm
The Premier Basketball League continues to add strength on and off the court with their newest addition in the Midwest.
Successful businessman and entrepreneur, Michael Tyler, purchased the Racine Storm back in 2014 with a visual idea of bringing the best level of minor league basketball to Wisconsin.
"We are very honored and pleased to bring our exciting brand of basketball to Racine, Wisconsin and the PBL. Our relationship with a quality organization such as the PBL shall allow us to show the world that basketball in Racine is played on a very high level," stated the Storm's owner, Michael Tyler.
As the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel, Clint Bryant, will be in charge of utilizing Wisconsin's local talent and ability to produce a championship contending team.
"Racine has a rich basketball history that we shall strive to exemplify and broadcast to the world," stated Tyler.
The Storm will also host a major press conference in August discussing the team's decision to join the PBL, venue, staff and more in-depth information for the upcoming season.
RazorSharks Hire Former NBA Scout as New Head Coach
Former PBL Coach of the Year Robert Spon to be introduced as 'Sharks new coach.
On Wednesday July 16th, the Rochester RazorSharks will introduce their new head coach for the 2015 season, Robert Spon. An introductory press conference is set to be held in the lower atrium of the Blue Cross Arena at 11:00 am.
Coach Spon brings a history of coaching experience that spans over twenty years most notably six years with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers scouting department during LeBron James era. Coach Spon was named Honorable Mention to Pro Basketball News’ list of the Top 10 Minor League coaches in 2009, when he led the Manchester Millrats to the Premier Basketball League’s Atlantic Conference Championship. He also won the Coach of the Year award in 2012.
Spon will become the RazorSharks fourth head coach in the team’s 10 year history, replacing former head coach and Syracuse University all-time leading scorer Lawrence Moten. Spon looks to continue the organizational success of last year’s 17-1 regular season record which led to the 4th PBL Championship this past season.
The RazorSharks are honored to have been invited to Greater Rochester Youth for Christ this Monday and Tuesday, July 14 and 15. ‘Sharks center Ayodele Coker and point guard Jerice Crouch, along with new RazorSharks Head Coach Robert Spon will be leading a two day mini-clinic. The children will be learning how to structure a practice and run drills with the players! They will also get an inside look into the business operations of running a professional team.
Greater Rochester Youth for Christ is a not-for-profit registered affiliate with the world wide Youth for Christ organization. Our local organization works in cooperation with more than 28,000 staff and volunteers on every continent of the globe. Internationally, we have the joyful privilege of seeing over 350,000 young lives each year turn from despair and disillusionment to hope and happiness as they come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The RazorSharks are proud to be working with such a wonderful organization in our community!
The Rochester RazorSharks would like to personally thank everyone involved with making the 46th Annual Corn Hill Arts Festival such a great event! The event took place on July 12th and 13th and featured hundreds of artists, four stages of continuous live music and the Emerging Artists Expo. The Corn Hill Arts Festival is all volunteer run and is officially recognized as one of the top 200 festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Over 200,000 people attended the Festival and even through torrential downpours and high winds, all of the activities and tents remained open and all of you wonderful Sharks Fans braved the rain for us! We couldn’t ask for a more dedicated fan base! The Razorsharks look forward to being invited back to be part of the Corn Hill Arts Festival again next year!
Thanks to the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest for putting on a wonderful event for the Rochester community at Highland Park this weekend! With more than twenty shows and some of the most accredited BBQ in the world, the Rib Fest was truly a summer festival that you could not pass up! Special thanks, as well, to Monroe County for letting us use the beautiful Highland Park as a terrific venue.
The great food and music helped to create a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere for all those involved. The Razorsharks look forward to being invited back to be part of this unique festival again next year!