Girl'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 boys & girls, Dan sets the tone for a DME Academy program that is already considered elite, but still growing!


Girl's Basketball Leadership



Director of Girls Basketball

Michael Panaggio is a Daytona Beach native whose basketball career has taken him all around the world. He excelled at Lander University, where he was named to the All-Conference Peach Belt team after holding top ten rankings in scoring, assists, minutes played, assists-turnover ratio, free throw percentage, and three-point percentage. After graduating from college, Michael began his professional basketball career which has brought him to Italy, Latvia, Spain, and Argentina. In addition to playing pro ball, Michael has spent the last few years bolstering his coaching resume. He developed the DME Academy travel programs, was named the SIAA Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons, placed over 15 student-athletes to the Division I level, and even spent time coaching the Division I FIU Golden Panthers. 


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