DME Academy welcomes one of the NBA’s best all time 3-point shooters Coach Wes Person. Wes will coach the DME Regional Team and also do double duty as DME’s head shooting coach. Wes has proven to be one of the hardest working coaches at DME Academy. He knows the game and played at the highest level.
Person, who was a four-year starter at Auburn from 1990-94, he is the Tigers all-time leader in 3-pointers made (262) and 3-point field goal percentage (.441, 262-of-594). The Brantley, Ala., native was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association as a senior in 1994 after leading the SEC averaging 22.2 points per game.
All-American Wesley Person was named as one of college basketball’s all-time top 10 shooters by Rivals.com
Wes was a three-time All-SEC selection, earning first-team honors in 1993 and 1994 and third-team honors in 1992. Person, who had his No. 11 Auburn jersey retired on Feb. 18, 2006, is still third on Auburn's all-time scoring chart with 2,066 points and is fourth in all-time scoring average (19.1) and field goals made (772).
Person scored a career-high 44 points vs. UAB in 1993. His most memorable shot came when he nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner with two seconds left to give Auburn an 81-80 come-from-behind victory over 13th-ranked Arkansas on Mar. 6, 1993. The Tigers trailed by 15 points with 7:57 left and following Person's game-winner, Auburn fans stormed the court for the first time in school history.
An NBA first round pick by the Phoenix Suns in 1994, Person played 13 NBA seasons with the Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets. He won the Baby Ruth 3-Point Shooting Contest by defeating his brother, Chuck, at the 1995 NBA All-Star Game.
High School Honors. McDonald’s All -American 1990, All Time Leading Scorer 1990, Brantley High School Jersey Retired 2004, Brantley High School.
USA Jr. World Champion 1991, Jersey Retired, Auburn University 2006, SEC Legend 2008, Auburn University Hall of Fame 2010.
NBA All- Rookie Team, 1994- 2007; Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trailblazers, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets.
Enterprise State Head Men’s Basketball, Troy University; Assistant Women’s, NBA Assistant Coach Program G-League
Creenville High School Coach of the year 2022
Kesha Person, Wife
Children: Nykeia Person, WesleyPerson, Aleyah Person, Westley Person, Kelsey Person, Chelsey Person.
The son of Robert and Mistye Stack, Ryder is a native of Concord, North Carolina, and attended Charlotte United Christian Academy there, where he was selected for the All-Conference team during his junior season. He was named Most Improved Player in his senior season, and scored 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the final game of his senior year.
After graduation, Ryder chose to attend Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. In his junior year, he transferred to Division 3 Keuka College in Upstate New York. In just two seasons Ryder averaged 13.7 points and grabbed 10.2 rebounds. Ryder ranks 7th All-Time in Keuka College History in FG% at 55% from the floor. In his senior year he was voted to 3rd Team All Conference as well as being voted to the D3Hoops.com Team of the week after a career high performance of 30 points and 16 Rebounds against Hilbert College.
Upon graduating college and having a brief stint of playing professional basketball overseas, Ryder returned to Keuka College to be the assistant coach for the Men's basketball team under Jake Scott for the last two seasons. Ryder now applies his experience helping coach multiple boy's teams here at DME Academy. His youth and energy is reassuring to our younger players who appreciate his leadership.
Mike Panaggio is Chief Executive Officer of DME, a national trendsetter in direct marketing. Panaggio’s exceptional vision and creativity has propelled DME in a constant direction of growth and profitability in the one-to-one marketing field. DME has been helping its customers achieve sustainable profitable revenue growth since 1984.
Mike prepped at prestigious Deerfield Academy then played 4 years of basketball for his father at SUNY Brockport where he graduated with a degree in Economics and the all time record for points scored in a career. He continued to score points in business as he quickly rose through the ranks as a commodity and securities broker with Merrill Lynch and Prudential Bache in Rochester, New York.
Realizing that making money in finance was easy, but did not satisfy his urge to innovate, Mike went on to found DME in 1984. In 2016 Mike and his brother Dan created DME Academy and the rest is history. Today the school is winning in the classroom and in building character. The athletic programs are beginning to show up on the national stage as well.
Dan Panaggio is the Co-Founder of DME Academy and head of all basketball operations. He has coached three NBA teams as well as a trio of the most prestigious NCAA Division I programs including Oklahoma, Indiana, and Marquette. A student of the game, Dan was a standout player for a State University of New York at Brockport team to an NCAA Final Four berth as a sophomore. He is a member of their Hall of Fame and is still the leading scorer in school history.
Panaggio went on to a successful coaching career as well at all levels. He served as head coach of the Quad City Thunder for nine seasons, and owns a career record of 313-191, winning Continental Basketball Association championships in 1994 and 1998. Dan was an assistant coach to Maurice Cheeks with the Portland Trailblazers from 2001 to 2005. Considered one of the top experts in the NBA game when it comes to the triangle offense made popular by Phil Jackson.
He was brought on as an assistant in the Laker organization for four years and has two NBA Championship rings to show for his efforts there. Dan was named the Chinese NBA coach of the year in 2012 as head coach of Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks. After four years, he went on as a special assistant with the Phoenix Sun’s organization. Dan understands the game and has assembled a coaching staff that believes in DME Academy. A leader of boys & girls, Dan sets the tone for a DME Academy program that is already considered elite, but still growing!
A graduate of Central Methodist University, Jordan served CMU as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer prior to joining DME in early 2022. She also worked as a Athletic Trainer for Crossmen Productions, a marching band and performance arts organization in San Antonio.
Alex Richard, MS, CSCS Director of Sports Performance.
Alex is in his first year as the Director of Sports Performance at DME Academy. Alex joins DME after a five year stint at Southern Miss where he was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for men’s basketball and women’s soccer. Richard also worked with women’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and football while at Southern Miss.
Alex graduated with his Master’s degree in exercise science from Southern Miss in 2018. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion & Wellness from Wisconsin Steven’s Point in 2016. While at UWSP, Alex was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team. Richard was a captain and leading scorer of the 2015 NCAA Division III National Championship team.
Alex is a certified strength & conditioning specialist from the NSCA.
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