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, Ryder is a native of Concord, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte United Christian Academy. Ryder enjoyed an excellent High School career and was selected to the All-Conference team. Ryder finished his high school career with a bang scoring 19 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in his final game.
After graduation, Ryder chose to attend and play for NCAA Division 2 Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. In his junior year he transferred to Division 3 Keuka College in Upstate New York where he continued and closed out his excellent basketball playing career. Ryder now applies his passion for coaching in helping to coach at DME Academy. His youth and energy is reassuring to our younger players who appreciate his leadership. We are thrilled to have Ryder onboard at DME Academy.
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.
Laura Stegall came onboard as DME Academy’s Athletic Director in 2021 transitioning from a career in coaching collegiate volleyball. Stegall will draw on her coaching and teaching experiences to provide leadership, direction, and mentoring to the DME Academy staff and students. Prior to joining DME Academy, Stegall was responsible for launching a nationally ranked volleyball program. Under her tenure at Daytona State College, Stegall’s Falcons enjoyed seven consecutive winning seasons.
Under her leadership during her seven years with the Falcons, Stegall’s teams were ranked nationally six seasons, with a program’s record high ranking of 6th in the nation in 2014. The success of the program led to Stegall being named the 2019 AVCA Southeast Region 2 Year College Coach of the Year. Academics have always been an essential focus of every program Stegall has led. Her Indiana Tech and Daytona State programs averaged a 3.5+ GPA annually and boasted a near perfect graduation rate. Stegall looks to implement this same academic approach in her role as Athletic Director at DME Academy.
Stegall was a two-sport collegiate athlete at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (PFW), where she competed in both basketball and volleyball. Stegall was a standout in volleyball, leading the Mastodons in kills and digs for three consecutive seasons. She recorded 36 kills against Lewis in 2000, which still stands as the IPFW single-match record. During her career at IPFW, she also broke records for career digs (1,625), single-season digs (505), and career kills (1,895). She finished her career as a three-time All-Conference and All-Region selection, and was named the 2000 Great Lakes Valley Player of the Year and IPFW Female Athlete of the Year.
Additionally, Stegall had the privilege of being a participant in the USA National Team Tryouts in 1997. Stegall's accolades as a Mastodon culminated in 2006 with her induction into the PFW Hall of Fame. Stegall moved to Daytona Beach in 2007 when her husband, Randy Stegall, accepted the position as Head Baseball Coach at Embry-Riddle. The Stegall family resides in Port Orange, Fl, with their three children Sarah, Ashtyn, and Brady.
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!
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