Jarvis Gunter comes to DME Academy by way of Columbus Mississippi. Gunter has an extensive basketball playing background that began in high school at Columbus High School. Success was prominent for Gunter. He was voted top student for his academic achievements at Columbus High School, not to mention the success he garnered on the basketball court. Gunter's success in academics led him to achieve a BS in Accounting from University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 2008, as well as his MBA in Sports Management from Lynn University in 2019.
Gunter received numerous collegiate offers both academically and athletically, but ultimately chose to attend the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff on a basketball scholarship. There, Garner helped lead the program to its first SWAC Conference Championship in many years. In 2008, during his time with the Golden Lions, Gunter was drafted by the NBA G-League's, Erie Bayhawks.
A long career of professional basketball followed and included several stops along the way for Gunter.
Gunter transitioned from player to coach soon after the conclusion of his playing career. His first coaching job as an assistant coach was with his alma mater, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. Gunter spent six years as an assistant coach assisting with skill development, recruiting, scouting, video coordinating, managing equipment, and mentoring student-athletes. Upon his departure from Arkansas Pine Bluff, he was given an opportunity to coach with the United States Basketball Academy in Guiyang, China. Gunter remained in China for five months, until the COVID-19 pandemic changed his course. Upon leaving China, he returned home to volunteer with the Columbus High School team as a coach, mentor, and trainer. Gunter's experience then led him to an invitation with the coaching staff of a talented Mississippi AAU organization 5th Quarter in Columbus, Mississippi. At TNT, Gunter helped coach girls' and boys' teams throughout the summer before his current stop at DME Academy. Gunter currently serves as the Boy's High School Blue Head Coach, as well as the Housing Director at DME Academy.
HOMETOWN: Loganville, GA
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Loganville Christian Academy
Favorite Athlete: Kyrie Irving
Favorite Team: Boston Celtics
Favorite Singer: A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
College Playing Experience (teams): Mount Zion Post Grad, Combine Academy, Shorter University
Special athletic achievements, honors, set records:
Chi Sigma Mu, Sport Management Honors Society - 2022
Shorter University Dean’s List 2019 - 2021 Shorter University Basketball Team 2019 – Present
Gulf South Conference (Academic Honor Roll 2020 – 2022)
Shorter Hawks Sports Society – 2019 - Present
(Secretary 2020- 2022)
Livingstone College Dean’s List 2018 & 2019 (3.65 GPA)
Hometown: Loganville, GA
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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