Seth Sulka’s final transaction as Mercury general manager was himself. Sulka stepped down as Phoenix Mercury’s general manager on Friday. Sulka, 38, had been the team’s general manager since 2001.
He served as the Mercury’s vice president of operations since the team’s inception in 1996. Sulka has served two terms on USA Basketball’s women’s senior national selection committee, and also served on the WNBA’s competition committee. He also worked for the Arizona Rattlers and has also served as an Arizona State women’s basketball analyst on radio since 2004.
“We’re moving the wagons,” Sulka said.
“Where I was it made sense for me and the whole team. It was an agreeable situation and the right time for me.”
A Mercury employee since the WNBA’s inception in 1996, Sulka has served in nearly every front office position between the Suns and Mercury. He’s an 18-year veteran of professional sports, all within the Suns organization. He began his career as an intern in the Phoenix Suns media relations office in 1988 while a student at ASU.
The Mercury hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2000, but Phoenix won a franchise-record seven consecutive games under new coach Paul Westhead to end the 2006 season. The Mercury broke a slew of WNBA scoring records under Westhead and will likely return in tact for 2007.
“This team is in perfect shape,” Sulka said. “We’ve got the team positioned for the long haul. When you’re involved in something like this from the start, you want to make sure it’s healthy.”
As for not seeing the surging Mercury through a potential playoff run in the near future with a young and talented nucleus, Sulka wasn’t worried.
“You could always see that. I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “It could be poised to happen and then sports gets in the way — a missed shot, injuries. Then it would never feel like the right time because you’d never know when that time would be.”
Sulka plans to stay on a couple of more weeks and said he had a few opportunities both inside and outside sports, but “nothing definitive right now.”