DME Secures Comeback Win After Allowing Early Four-Run Lead

DME Academy’s Director of Baseball, Michael Main

DME Academy Middle School weathered an early storm by beating St. Barnabas on Wednesday, turning a four-run deficit into a 12-4 victory. St Barnabas’s big inning was driven with a triple by Andrew Reyes and a double by Alex Shaw.

DME’s Chase Cook hit a single that gave his other teammates the opportunity to score two RBIs. DME then added to their lead with five runs in the fifth inning. Liam Callahan, Jackson Lowitz, Brandon Brien, and Kobe Amadeo each powered the big inning with RBI in a relentless show of force by the young hitters. 

Hunter Mottola earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for DME Academy Middle School. Motolla lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and zero runs with five strikeouts and one walk. Wrigley Zweifel threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

“We came out and scored big with some quality at-bats from Cook and Panetta in the first inning. We continued to have good at-bats through the rest of the game and took advantage of the opportunities the other team gave us.” Said Michael Main, Director of Baseball at DME. “There are always things to improve on but overall I am happy with the team performance and start to the season.”

Hunter Mottola, Jackson Lowitz, Anthony Panetta, Jason Bruce, Chase Cook, and Logan Wingard each collected one hit to lead DME Middle School to victory! DME is now 4-0 on the season and looks to remain undefeated. 
Interested in learning how to throw like Mottola? Train with us this summer at our Baseball Summer Prep Camp!

NextGen Soccer Vs. DME Academy – April 20th, 2023

Event Details: 

Date: April 20th 

Time: 7:15 PM 

Location: 1370 Gun Club Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

The 04/05/06 Next Generation Soccer Academy team, now DME Academy, Sarasota, will take on the undefeated DME Academy High School National Soccer Team on April 20th in Sarasota. This soccer friendly will kick off the relationship and provide many opportunities for athletes from the Sarasota area. DME entered the Southwest Florida soccer scene last month with the acquisition of Next Generation Soccer Academy, bringing in its coaching philosophy, resources, and pathway opportunities to local athletes. 

In the future, athletes from DME Academy, Sarasota will have the opportunity to earn a “call up” to the main campus and play for the National High School Team as they travel the country for showcase events and games. Additionally, Sarasota athletes can attend camps and clinics in Daytona at discounted rates, as well as participate in our intimate college showcases held on campus. 

Director of Soccer Todd Eason and Head Coach Thales Peterson will be at the event to meet athletes, parents, and Sarasota coaches. “We can’t wait to get there and meet our Sarasota athletes. The future is bright for DME Academy soccer and this is just another step to expanding our program,” says Todd Eason. 

“We are pumped to have Todd and his team visit us here in Sarasota. We share a vision of aligning the programs so that athletes from Sarasota have local, national, and international opportunities via the DME umbrella. This collaboration is a great example of pathways that exist now for Next Gen and future DME players in Sarasota. I can’t wait to see the Next Generation players compete and show off their talent this April,” says Jared Antista, Co-Owner of DME Academy Sarasota. 

Join us on April 20th for a fun-filled soccer night and meet the DME Academy Team!


DME Academy Releases Dates for Summer Prep Soccer Camp: June 25th-July 22nd!

DME Academy is excited to announce its intense Summer Prep Soccer Camp, which will run from June 25th-July 22nd. The camp is open to boy and girl players of all skill levels who want to take their soccer game to the next level. The camp will be held at the DME Academy in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will run for a total of four weeks. Campers will have the option to select from a single-week camp to a multi-week camp.  During this time, players will receive top-notch training and coaching from experienced soccer coaches who have played at the professional level.

The soccer camp will feature a rigorous training program that focuses on developing players’ technical skills, tactical awareness, and physical fitness. Each day, players will participate in multiple training sessions designed to challenge and help them improve. They will also have the opportunity to participate in scrimmages and games, allowing them to put their skills to the test in a competitive environment. 

The camp will be run by DME Academy’s Director of Soccer, Todd Eason, and head coach Thales Peterson. The camp will consist of two on-field practices per day, four strength and conditioning workouts per week, and beach workouts on Daytona Beach.

In addition to the on-field training, the soccer camp will also provide players with access to a range of off-field resources. These include personal development sessions, such as leadership and mental skills training sessions that will help players develop the mental toughness and focus needed to succeed at the highest levels of the game.

For campers who would also like to practice their English during their week of camp, DME also offers ESL (English as a Second Language) courses during the week of camp. Overall, this intense soccer camp promises to be an unforgettable experience for players who are looking to take their game to the next level.

Does DME’s Soccer Summer Prep Camp sound like a good fit for you?

Daytona Beach, Florida – Steel Sports, a leading sports camp and training organization, is thrilled to announce the upcoming Xperience Camp at the DME Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities in Daytona Beach, Florida. The camp will take place over a 4-day period, from June 25-29, 2023, and is open to boys and girls of all skill levels between the ages of 7-18.

Steel Sports provides high-quality training and development programs that focus on building character, discipline, and teamwork, as well as athletic skills. The Xperience Camps are designed to give players a comprehensive soccer experience that includes skill-building sessions, tactical training, small-sided games, and scrimmages. Campers will also have access to top-of-the-line facilities, including high-quality turf fields, athletic training facilities, and comfortable accommodations.

“We are excited to bring our Xperience Camp to DME Academy in Daytona Beach,” said Martin Brown, President and CEO of Steel Sports. “This is an opportunity for young athletes to immerse themselves in the sport they love while developing their skills and building lasting relationships with their peers. Our experienced coaching staff is passionate about providing a positive and supportive environment that encourages growth and development on and off the field.”

DME Academy provides a perfect setting for the Xperience Camp, with its top-notch facilities and prime location in Daytona Beach. The Academy has a rich tradition of excellence in sports and education, and its mission aligns perfectly with Steel Sports’ values of creating opportunities for young athletes to reach their full potential.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steel Sports and their Xperience Camp to our facilities,” said Dan Panaggio, Co-Owner of DME Academy. “This is a fantastic opportunity for young soccer players in our area to train with some of the best coaches in the country and develop their skills in a fun and supportive environment. We look forward to a successful camp and a long-lasting partnership with Steel Sports.”

To sign up for the camp, click here!

To learn more about the Steel Sports Xperience Camp at DME Academy, visit

About Steel Sports

Steel Sports is a social impact organization with the mission of inspiring youth to reach their potential, on and off the field, by developing them as athletes and people through the Steel Sports Coaching System. Through its “Kids First” approach, Steel Sports is establishing a new standard in youth sports and coaching, forging the next generation of leaders by instilling Steel Sports’ core values: Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, and Commitment. Steel Sports creates a positive and fun youth sports experience for over 100,000 athletes each year through club teams, tournaments, camps, clinics and more. For additional information, visit

About DME Academy

DME Academy is a premier sports and education facility located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Academy provides a range of sports programs for athletes of all ages and skill levels, as well as top-notch educational opportunities. DME Sports Academy’s mission is to empower young athletes to reach their full potential on and off the field. To learn more, visit

DME Academy’s Girls’ High School National and Boys’ High School Gold Teams Win Sunshine Independent Athletic Association State Championships

DME Academy, a prominent athletic institution located in Daytona Beach, Florida, recently made headlines for its outstanding performance in the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association (SIAA) state championships. Two of DME’s basketball teams, the Boys’ High School Gold, and Girls’ High School National emerged victorious and claimed championship titles in their respective divisions.

The boys’ basketball team, led by head coach Hocine Graham, had a remarkable season. They dominated their opponents throughout the year, showcasing their superior skills and teamwork. The team worked well together and it was apparent they had been training all season for a championship battle against Montverde Academy. The final score was a close 50-49, with Traye Sturm leading the way with 19 points. DME Academy’s victory allowed them to claim the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association’s trophy for the 2022-2023 season.

Similarly, the Girls’ High School National team, coached by Michael Panaggio, put up a stellar performance in the championship game against Central Pointe. The team was led to victory by Olivia Schmitt who had 15 points in the 52-42 victory. Schmitt was also declared the SIAA league, tournament, and game MVP. The win crowned DME Academy as the SIAA state champions for the second year in a row.

DME Academy Girls High School National Team coached by Michael Panaggio, Tia McMillian, and Anthony Roberson. Photo by Claude Riban

“Watching our girls’ basketball team win the state championship was one of the proudest moments of my coaching career. Winning two years in a row is something to be proud of,” said Panaggio. “Their dedication, hard work, and perseverance throughout the season paid off, and they proved that anything is possible with determination and teamwork.”

The victories of both teams are a testament to the hard work and dedication put in by the coaches and players. Both coaches had carefully crafted game plans, and the players executed them with precision and focus. The academy’s emphasis on rigorous training and development of their athletic skills has undoubtedly paid off, and the teams’ success is a source of pride for DME Academy.

It is a significant achievement that will be remembered for years to come. Congratulations to the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for their exceptional performance and for bringing home the SIAA state championship hardware!
Interested in learning more about DME Academy’s proven basketball programs? Check them out here!

Most Valuable Players

Check out the highlights from the Girls’ National win over Central Pointe here!

Daytona Beach, FL – DME Academy is excited to announce the hiring of Thales Peterson as Head Soccer Coach. Peterson is set to take over the reins of DME Academy’s fast-growing soccer program on May 15th. Peterson brings a wealth of soccer experience to the program and possesses strong leadership qualities that had him pegged for the position. 

Peterson comes to DME Academy with an impressive coaching background. He has been coaching at various youth and professional levels for decades and holds a USSF A License. 

Peterson began his career as an Assistant Coach at the Empire Strykers (then named the Ontario Fury) in Ontario, California, and spent 13 years with FC Golden State, helping to build the youth program from scratch. Today, the club features thousands of players, many of which are MLS Next status. After his tenure with the Empire Strykers, Peterson was named head coach for the professional soccer club, Los Angeles Force, which plays in the National Independent Soccer Association out of Los Angeles, California. Most recently, he was the Girls Director and Head Coach at an ECNL-R club in the Sarasota, Florida area. Peterson is well-respected in the soccer community and has a proven track record of developing players and producing winning teams.

“We are thrilled to have Thales Peterson join the DME Academy family as our Head Soccer Coach,” said Todd Eason, Director of Soccer at DME Academy. “His extensive coaching experience, passion for the game, and commitment to player development make him the perfect fit for our program. His Brazilian roots and international ties will aid us in continuing to bring the best players from around the world to the fields at DME in Daytona.”

Peterson is equally excited about the opportunity to lead the DME Academy soccer program. 

I’m excited to work with a professional staff, at a state-of-the-art facility, and with high-level aspiring athletes. With dedication, the right mindset, and execution, you can achieve all your goals. I’m honored to help ignite the dream and make a positive impact on the lives of so many student-athletes.” 

The DME Academy soccer program is known for its commitment to excellence, both academically and athletically. With Peterson at the helm, the soccer program is positioned to continue its upward trajectory and achieve even greater success.

About DME Academy

DME Academy is a private school in Daytona Beach, FL that offers a rigorous academic curriculum for grades 6-12. The school also has several highly competitive athletic programs, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, and baseball. DME Academy is committed to developing well-rounded student-athletes who are prepared to excel both on and off the field.

Olivia Schmitt has been nominated to win the 2023 Florida Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year Award!

Olivia Schmitt, Number 3 on DME Academy’s Girls High School National Team

Olivia Schmitt has been nominated to win the 2023 Florida Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year Award! A talented player, Olivia has been a standout throughout her high school career with DME, whose hard work and dedication have earned her numerous accolades. Earlier this year, she was named MVP at the Mecca Showcase in New York City.

Schmitt is a member of the High School National girl’s team at DME Academy. She has been having an amazing season on and off the court. She averages 14 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.1 steals per game, while also shooting 38% from the 3-point line. Schmitt’s season-high point total was 26  against Rutherford in a 69-45 win on November 23rd, 2022.

Olivia’s consistency on the court has led her team to numerous victories and helped establish new records. Her determination and passion for the game are inspiring, and her talent has not gone unnoticed by coaches, fans, and players alike. So please join me in supporting Olivia Schmitt by casting your vote for her to win Florida’s Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Let’s recognize her hard work and exceptional talent by giving her the recognition she deserves.

Dominika Paurova Made Her Senior National Team Debut At 18 Years Old Playing For the Czech Republic Against Ireland.

Dominika Paurova, Number 12 on DME Academy’s Girls High School National Team

Dominika Paurova is a talented basketball player from the Czech Republic who is currently attending DME Academy. She has been honing her skills on the court for years and has become one of the most promising young players in the country. Currently, she plays for DME’s High School Girls’ National team. Last weekend, Dominika had the opportunity to bring her talents to the global stage and represent her home country as a member of the Czech Republic basketball team.

Playing for the Czech Republic team is a dream come true for Dominika. She is thrilled to have the chance to compete on an international stage and represent her country at the highest level of basketball. Dominika’s hard work and dedication to her sport paid off, as she played an important role in helping the Czech Republic team succeed. She had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists! Her outstanding performance on the court was a testament to her talent and her passion for the game.

Paurova is also taking her talents to the next level here in the United States next year. She recently committed to the University of Minnesota to play for the Golden Gophers Womens Basketball program! 

Want to see how DME’s basketball program can help you play at the highest levels like Paurova? Check it out here! 

The Czech Republic Senior National Team

DME Academy to Host Defensive Academy’s Lacrosse Camp June 19th-June 22nd

DME Academy, the premier basketball, soccer, volleyball, and baseball Academy in Daytona, Florida, is expanding its horizons by hosting a lacrosse camp this summer in partnership with Defensive Academy.

DME has gained a reputation for excellence in high school athletics and academics, with top-level coaches, state-of-the-art facilities, and records to match. With the addition of the lacrosse camp, the school aims to provide young athletes with a new and exciting opportunity to develop their skills.

The lacrosse camp will take place over a four-day period, from June 19th to June 22nd, 2023. The camp will be open to boys aged 12-18 who want to excel in the defensive positions of lacrosse. These include long-stick midfielders and defensemen. Participants will receive top-level coaching from professional lacrosse coaches including Kyle Hartzell, who currently plays for the Redwoods Lacrosse Club, is the head coach for the University of Texas and is a USA Gold Medalist. They’ll also utilize DME Academy’s world-class training facilities, dormitory, and cafeteria, and have the opportunity to experience surrounding attractions, like Daytona Beach.

“We’re excited to be branching out into lacrosse,” said Dan Panaggio, Owner and Founder of DME Academy. “We’re always looking for ways to provide our athletes with new opportunities to grow and develop, and lacrosse is a natural fit here in Florida. We’re confident that the camp will be a great success, and we look forward to welcoming young athletes from across the country.”

Registration for the lacrosse camp is now open, and interested athletes can sign up on the DME Academy website. Spaces are limited, so interested parties are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

DME 11U Baseball Team Runs Annual Deland “United in Strength” MeStrong 5k

DME Academy’s 11u baseball team

DME Academy’s 11U baseball team ran the 2023 “United in Strength” Deland ME STRONG 5k this past weekend. In its 11th year, this race continues to raise both awareness and funds for families in the Central Florida area that have been affected by cancer.

The 5k run was a great way for the young DME baseball team to come together and show their support for a worthy cause. Also, this event allowed our athletes to showcase their athleticism and determination while demonstrating the importance of teamwork and making a positive impact in their local community. The event was not only a fun and challenging experience for the team, but it also inspired others to get involved and support the cause.

Demonstrating their hard work, dedication, and teamwork, the team embodied what it means to be a role model in their community. This is an event that will be remembered for years to come, and it will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and make a positive impact in their own ways.

Congratulations to Coach Michael Main and #11 Brandon Warrel for finishing on the podium!