As DME Sports Academy slowly reopens, we would like to share our Covid-19 protocols going forward.
DME Alumni and Canisius College forward Jacco Fritz has maximized his minutes and role at forward in his first season of Division I Basketball. Netherlands native Jacco had an incredible rookie year, with three #MAACHoops Rookie of the Week honors. He is just the third Canisius player to earn this award multiple times in a season since 2006-07.
He also earned a spot on MAAC All Rookie-Team. Fritz is the 12th player in school history to earn MAAC All-Rookie Team honors. One of the highlights of Fritz season was his career-high of 16 points performance against Mercer University! He also had a career-high of 10 rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure. Fritz also is considered one of the “luckiest players” in the MAAC by growing an inch before joining the Griffs in the fall.
Before joining, Fritz played the 2018-19 season here at DME. He averaged 10.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game at DME. He played in 25 games in 2018-19, where he shot 64.5 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point land, and 62.8 percent from the free-throw line. Jacco is now on the campus of Canisius during this pandemic and campus shut down due to COVID-19. Jacco expressed how he didn’t want to deal with online classes and the Netherlands six hours ahead of Buffalo.
We are going Instagram Live with Jacco (Friday, May 8th @ 2 pm) on his update, family, and basketball career, and will have a Q&A from the viewers. Ask this Netherlands native all the questions, from transitioning to the USA for postgrad and from DME to college!
You can tune in here at 2pm: https://www.instagram.com/dmesportsacademy/?hl=en
DME Student-Athletes who have committed to continue their academic and athletic career at the next level!
Our DME Volleyball program is proud to announce the addition of beach volleyball to our wide array and growing list of volleyball programs. We will be working side by side to transition Elite Beach Volleyball into the DME family in 2020. A true win-win for anyone looking to play ball in the sand!
Elite Beach was born on the beaches of Daytona Beach, Florida in 2009. For the past several years they have excelled in organizing, managing, and training junior athletes to excel in sand volleyball. Since inception Elite Beach has grown from a small footprint in Daytona Beach, starting with six courts, and now has the capacity to expand up to 16 courts for training, leagues and tournaments. For the latest updates, check our beach volleyball web page.
Learn More: dmesports.com/beach-volleyball
DME Sports volleyball club director Dawn Moses is proud to announce our own in-house recreational volleyball league. “We have discovered that there is a demand for a program that provides great training for a great price but also works for players and parents not quite ready for a full club commitment,” says Director Moses. “Our rec program will feature our ‘best in the area’ club coaches as well as our club teaching and training philosophies, at a much lower price.” The league that began in March and was scheduled to end the last week of April, but we only had one week currently completed. We will pick this league up when we are able to and resume where we left off.
We do not have official word that all of the tournaments rescheduled for summer are canceled, however, we expect that to be the case.
The Mini-Club Season is geared towards young athletes who are looking to develop their fundamental volleyball skills, while being able to compete in 2-4 local tournaments. All of our mini club teams will participate in the United League which has a championship tournament in mid-October. Mini-club teams play other Florida volleyball clubs so that they can experience tournaments like competition. The goal is to put players on the path to play at more competitive levels when Spring season arrives, as well as develop their skills to assist them in making their school teams. Teams are formed by age groups and skill level. The players will practice times a week depending on the program they are placed on. Placements are currently scheduled for early August.
Learn More: dmesports.com/volleyball-programs
Direct all questions to Coach Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-376-4514.
As you read from our previous newsletter, DME Sports Academy has closed the doors. Here are this weeks COVID-19 numbers:
DME Application Boys/Girls Basketball
During these times when our coaches are not able to get out and see you, you can still make yourself seen! Simply fill out our application online and wait for us to reach out to you!
Apply Here: dmesports.com/recruit-me
LET’S STAY SOCIAL
Look out for more home workouts so you can stay in shape and ready during quarantine! Also look our for our #DMEHomeGrind Challenge where you can be entered to win a free JR. Hoopers Camp Spot once we open up!
Check out our Instagram videos here:
This week we are highlighting our student-athletes whose hard work has paid off! They will be continuing their education and basketball career at the next level!
With everything that is going on with COVID-19, DME Sports Academy has officially shut the doors. As we continue to try and flatten our curve here in Volusia County let’s take a look at some numbers:
Volusia County: 16
Florida has been issued a Stay-At-Home order while still being able to leave their homes for necessities with Daytona Beach having a curfew of ten o’clock at night.
During these times where our coaches are not able to get out and see you, you can still make yourself seen! Simply fill out our application online and wait for us to reach out to you! dmesportsacademy.com/recruit-me
Recruiting tips from High School Coach Matt Panaggio. Whether you are trying to get recruited to DME or a college, here are some tips you can try!
Have questions? DM us on Instagram! A certain question for a specific coach? Let us know when you DM us!
Summer Prep Session 1 (June 8 – July 2, 2020)
Summer Prep Session 2 (July 8 – August 2, 2020) dmesportsacademy.com/basketball-summer-prep
Summer Elite Camp (June 15 – June 19, 2020)
Look out for more home workouts so you can stay in shape and ready during quarantine! Also, look out for our #DMEHomeGrind Challenge where you can be entered to win a free JR. Hoopers Camp Spot once we open up!
Links to the Instagram videos we post:
Dear DME Sports/Daytona Field House Community,
Based on the current status of the coronavirus (Covid 19), DME Sports and Daytona Field House owners and managers have made the decision to close our facility and suspend our programs at the end of today and will stay closed until further notice.
We firmly believe that this is in the best interests of everyone. If you are involved in a current program, we will be in touch about next steps as soon as possible.
As of March 16, 2020, there are NO KNOWN CASES of this virus among the DME Sports Academy community. In addition, there is no indication that our campus is under any immediate risk, but we are taking proactive steps to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.
While we are closed, our staff will be cleaning and sanitizing the entire facility from top to bottom so that when we are able to reopen, we will be ready to go.
We will continue to keep you updated with the latest Academy/Field House related information, always doing what’s in the best interest of our DME community.
DME Sports Academy
Our DME Select Team laced up on the home floor of the Orlando Magic at the famous Amway Center. Amway gave our boys a memory to remember for the rest of their life. DME HS White took the court against the Brazil Basketball Club.
HS Select Team defeated Brazil 75 – 42. Omar Alabed led the teams in rebounds and energy. Ivan Komitski scored from deep and led the team in scoring.
DME CEO, Momir Gajic accompanied the team to enjoy the moment. Coach Matt Panaggio also thanked Orlando Magic via twitter saying, “What a great experience the Orlando Magic gave to our young student-athletes.
Check out some great photos of our DME Select down below. As a whole organization, DME would like to thank the Orlando Magic and Amway Center for always treating us like family.
DME American volleyball teams played in the United League Tournament on January 11th at DME Field House. Seven of our American Teams participated and competed very well. Our Elite teams also played in the two-day Florida Winter Festival tournament. Eight of our Elite teams competed.
Some highlight teams of this weekend were DME 15 Hybrid, 15 Elite, 12 and 14 Elite. DME 12 finished 3/2 overall.
DME 15 Hybrid finished first place in Silver B at Florida Winter Festival. DME 15 Adidas Elite Team took home 1st place in Gold! Coming right behind 15 Elite in Gold was DME 14 Adidas Elite. They took 2nd place in the Gold this weekend.
All teams overall played with great energy. All of our 8 Elite teams will take be gearing up for the Tropical Ice Open Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida this next weekend, January 18th – 19th.
You can check out the all the photos here on Facebook.
DME Hosted the Christmas Classic including 12 High School Programs on December 19 – 21, 2019.
It was a great turnout with teams from all over the state of Florida as well
as some from out of state and was a great weekend of high level
CHRISTMAS CLASSIC RECAP:
DME HS BLUE RESULTS
In a tough loss to start the weekend, Charles Davis led DME Blue with 18
points vs Spring Creek Academy.
DME HS Blue then turned around and played a tough program in Boca
Raton losing a close game 45 – 38. DME’s 6’8 Israel Griffin showed his
toughness and potential all throughout the game.
With the final game of the tournament, DME faced a very good program
and team in Victory Rock National. 6’1 G Sebastian Kinney came out on
fire with his energy and crafty finishing he finished the game with a game-high 31 points.
DME HS WHITE RESULTS
DME HS White had a tough loss against West Lake to start the
Christmas Classic. However, they bounced back big time the next day
with a win over FBCA 56 – 24. Sean Yan had a great performance with 20
points in the game.
DME HS White fell short on the final day against East Ridge 50 – 39.
You can check out the game on our youtube.
You can check out the games on our youtube.
DME’s Second Annual Beach & Ball Tournament was a huge success.
The tournament included 17 Post Grad Programs including DME Post
Grad Blue, Black, & White and 3 full days of exciting nonstop games.
Teams from all over participated including The Skill Factory, Combine
Academy, Central Tech, and many more.
BEACH & BALL TOURNAMENT RECAP:
DME PREP BLUE RESULTS
DME Prep Blue started the weekend with a great win over Victory Rock
105 – 57. It was a great team effort lead by Keegan Murray with 27 points
and Petar Raickovic with 13 points. In DME Prep Blue’s second game of
the weekend, the twins, Keegan and Kris Murray combined for a total of 61
points in the win against Combine Academy. DME Blue would go on to
close out the tournament with a win vs ABI Academy and solid
performances from Dalph Panopio, Myles Samuels, Trey Fort, and DJ
DME PREP BLACK RESULTS
DME’s Prep Black started the weekend with a tough loss to Central Point
102 – 100. Bailey Stephanos lead the way for DME with 37 points. The
team came out strong on Day 2 against ABI. DME lead the way by as
many as 18 points however, ABI was able to fight back and overcome
the deficit. Despite the 25 point performance from Jalen Dearring, DME
Black falls short 87 – 83.
DME PREP WHITE RESULTS
DME White fell short in a close matchup vs Central Tech 87 – 83. Top
performers throughout the game were Srdjan Petrovic and Yafet Hailee. In
their second game, DME Prep White faced another tough West Lake team,
falling short 98 – 94. Jon Sanders led the way with 16 points. The team
was able to bounce back on the final game of the weekend with a great
win vs Combine Academy 81 – 72. Davion Ralph, Jon Sanders, and Yafet
Hailee all had great performances.
You can check out the games on our youtube.
DME has hired Coach Steven Kenner to serve as head coach for Prep Team White during the 2019 – 2020 season. Coach Steven has a great compassion for teaching the game and his history shows it.
While serving as the Head Women’s Basketball coach at Southeastern Illinois College in 2018-2019 his team finished the season 22-10 with a home record of 13-1 and a second-place finish within the conference. He also aided in the development of 2018-19 NJCAA All American Shamari Tyson.
During his time there, he coached six players that went on to NCAA Division I and II schools. He was also instrumental in the recruitment of Alex Pantelic, from Belgrade, Serbia, during the final games of the Men’s Basketball season.
As a former member of the University of Georgia (UGA) Men’s Basketball program, Kenner has found success on several levels. He has spent time coaching collegiately for NCAA Division II and III, and NJCAA Division I teams for almost 16 years. While at UGA, he served as the Head Manager, assisting the coaching staff with on-court player development, video scouting report, bench duties, and on-campus recruitment of student-athletes. It was during that time that he heard his calling to be a coach.
“Basketball is a great game meant for much fun, enjoyment, and a tool to inform us of our possibilities. I like to relate everything we do in basketball to life – how we handle adversity, criticism, and success. As a basketball coach, I have a vested interest in helping our student-athletes to fulfill their potential in the classroom, in the community, and on the court. My primary role, as I perceive it, is to assist student-athletes not only to achieve but exceed their educational goals and aspirations…to encourage, nurture, and develop sportsmanlike conduct with an emphasis on academic accomplishments. In conjunction, we are providing opportunities for those driven to compete at a higher level to enhance and advance their basketball career,” Coach Steve closed with when giving some insight words on his purpose with coaching.
“Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden
We look forward to a great season with Coach Steven.