Raptors executive Teresa Resch leaves job with NBA team

VP of basketball operations and player development Teresa Resch (R) watches a Toronto Raptors practice, with Masai Ujiri, the team president. Photographed at the Raptor's practice facility, the Biosteel Centre, on Nov. 8 2017. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Longtime Toronto Raptors executive Teresa Resch has left the NBA team.

The team’s vice-president of basketball operations & player development, Resch joined the Raptors in 2013 and was part of the team’s championship front office in 2019.

Sportsnet’s Michael Grange reported Sunday that Resch is expected to stay in Toronto. Her last day with the Raptors was last week.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in 2022 that the Chicago Blackhawks had interest in Resch as a GM candidate. They eventually moved interim GM Kyle Davidson into the full-time role.

Resch was with the NBA head office for five years before joining the Raptors.

Resch played high school basketball in Lakefield, Minn., and was a volleyball standout at Augustana College, a division II program in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she graduated in 2003.

She met Raptors president Masai Ujiri when she worked for the NBA head office with a focus on the league’s Basketball Without Borders program. Resch was the first of 14 women hired by Ujiri who were still working for the organization when the Raptors won the league title in 2019.

Resch took a lead role in building the Raptors’ practice facility on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

She also converted a 65,000-square-foot ballroom in a still under-construction hotel in downtown Tampa, Fla. as a world-class practice facility in the space of one month in late 2020 after it was determined the Raptors would have to temporarily relocate due to the pandemic.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.