Women's Basketball Coaching Team & Support Staff

The Foundation For Success

Dan Panaggio is the Co-Founder of DME Academy and head of all basketball operations. He has coached two 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 at DME Academy. A leader of men & women, Dan sets the tone for a DME Academy program that is already considered elite, but still growing!


Women's Basketball Leadership

RICKY CLAITT Director of Women’s Basketball & Head Coach


Head Coach

Ricky Claitt is from Orlando, Florida and is the Head Coach of the Women's High School Program. After having received over 20 D-1 offers, Rickey attended Oregon State University where he graduated with a Communications degree. While at Oregon State he led the PAC-10 in minutes played and won the College Basketball Invitational his senior year.

Coach Rickey then went on to play professionally in Europe for 5 years prior to his coaching career. He has been coaching for 10 years now and is motivated by the ability to impact the lives of the youth. 


Coaches & Support Staff

Jermaine Ashley head coach of the post-graduate girl’s basketball team and assistant coach for the girls high school team

Jermaine Ashley

Head Coach Post Grad & Assistant HS Coach

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Gavin Metz

Head of Strength and Conditioning

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Head of Athletic Training

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