How a Career in Basketball & DME Academy Led One Coach to his Home Country’s National Basketball Program

'One of DME’s very own will be part of a national team’s quest for Olympic qualification and beyond.

Wesam Al'Sous, Director of the Post Grad Program and Head Coach for the Post Grad Blue Team, will become the new Associate Head Coach for the Jordanian national basketball team as he, his staff, and the team prepare for the 2022 Asian Games, and the forthcoming 2024 Olympics.

“This is an incredible honor,” Al'Sous said. “Playing for Jordanian team was the highlight of my professional career, and I’m looking forward to joining the coaching staff of a program that’s meant so much to me. I’m forever grateful to the Panaggio family and DME for giving me the chance to coach our post-grad team. I know I wouldn’t have this chance for my country if it wasn’t for the DME family.” 

“We couldn’t be prouder of Coach Al'Sous,” said Dan Panaggio, co-owner of DME Academy. “I’ve had the privilege of watching him work with our Post Grad basketball players and can speak firsthand about his impact on young players. I’m so grateful to him for all the work he’s done for us, and will be cheering him on.”

During his time as a coach here at DME, Al'Sous led the Post Grad Team to the National Prep Championship Tournament and is instrumental in developing players for the next step in their basketball career. As a graduate of Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan, Al'Sous’s experience working with developing, and leading basketball players from around the world will be invaluable as he returns to his home country to grow the game of basketball.

Originally from Amman, Jordan, Al'Sous played professional basketball for 16 years, including playing for the Jordanian national basketball team in more than 500 games, including at the 2010 FIBA World Cup and 2011 Asian Cup. In addition to his international success, Al-Sousa won multiple MVP and three-point shooting awards in domestic leagues throughout the world.

And while Coach Al'Sous will be spending his summer with the Jordanian national team, he’s looking forward to returning to DME Academy afterward and continuing to work with and develop the post-graduate basketball players.