Lester comes to DME Academy from Casper College, where his role as assistant basketball coach was focused on implementing training programs, developing scouting reports and recruiting top-level talent.
During his time at the junior college and NCAA Division-I levels, Lester proved his coaching and recruiting abilities, as well as his aptitude to push talent to the next level. His career highlights include:
- In two seasons with the College of Southern Idaho, Lester advanced 14 players to the NCAA Division-I level.
- Recruited and coached nine All-Region players, four All-Americans, and two Players of the Year at the junior college level.
- Forged strong recruiting relationships ranging from the Pacific Northwest through the Midwest, as well as California, Arizona, Florida and more.
- Developed expertise in recruiting software including Synergy, HUDL, Crossover, FastDraw, FastScout, and more.
- Led Sho-Ban High School to a 24-0 record from 2011 through 2013, earning Idaho District 5 Coach of the Year honors.
Pete Munch is Florida native, calling Melbourne Beach his hometown. Munch joined the DME Academy coaching staff in 2020 following stints at IMG Academy and Florida Prep Academy previously.
Munch played high school basketball at Melbourne Central Catholic High School. At the close of his high school career, Munch graduated as the high school’s all-time scoring leader. From Melbourne Central, Munch took his talents to Lagrange College and then ultimately concluding his college career at Berry College where he attained a BS in Exercise Science.
Munch is very familiar with success at the prep level. In 2017, Munch coached Florida Prep to a Florida State Final. At IMG Academy, Munch and his team boasted the coveted #1 ranking in the country, coaching IMG to a final four finish that season.
During his coaching career he has coached 24 NCAA DI athletes, 1 McDonald’s All-American (Moussa Diabate), a 2nd Round NBA Draft Selection (Kenyon Martin Jr., and has aided more than 60 student-athletes advance to the next level.
Kendall is a native of Loganville, Georgia, and attended Loganville Christian Academy. After high school, Kendall continued his playing career at Mount Zion Post Grad, Combine Academy, and Shorter University. At Shorter University, Kendall was a member of the Sport Management Honors Society, the Dean's List, the Gulf South Conference Academic Honor Roll, and the Sports Society.
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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