Chad Gray, the passionate Owner/Player of the Maine Bulldogs! Chad's basketball journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication, exceptional skills, and love for the game. Chad began his college basketball career at North Country Community College, where he quickly made his mark as the starting point guard. His remarkable performances on the court, averaging an impressive 24 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per game, caught the attention of Division 1 programs, proving his immense talent and potential. While Chad had the opportunity to join Navarro College, a Division 1 Junior College in Texas, he made a decision that led him up north. He chose to finish his Junior College career at Gateway Community College, where he embraced the role of a starting shooting guard. Chad's contributions were invaluable, averaging 17 points, 2 assists, and 5 rebounds per game, making him an integral part of the team's success. Continuing his basketball journey, Chad Gray joined Thomas College in Maine. Whether starting or coming off the bench, he consistently delivered memorable highlight moments that left fans in awe. One being a monster jam on a 6'10 power forward that had the opposing team crowd on their feet in awe. His versatility and skill set contributed significantly to the team's achievements. To conclude his collegiate career, Chad made his mark at the University of Maine Augusta. As a crucial player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, he played an instrumental role for a scrappy team. Chad's exceptional performances earned him the Player of the Week recognition in two road conference victories, highlighting his impact. Notably, he showcased his abilities with a remarkable 19-point game against the Division 1 University of Maine Orono. Chad's basketball journey extended beyond the collegiate level as he pursued professional opportunities in the United States. He had the privilege of playing for two professional teams, further honing his skills and gaining valuable experience. Additionally, Chad participated in tryouts for the Red Claws G League and the TBL, demonstrating his determination to continue his basketball career at the highest level. Now, as the Owner/Player of the Maine Bulldogs, Chad Gray combines his passion for the game with his entrepreneurial spirit. Leading both on and off the court, he is dedicated to fostering a culture of excellence within the team and contributing to the growth of basketball in the community. Join him on this thrilling journey as the Maine Bulldogs rise to new heights under his guidance and play under his determined leadership. email@example.com
Antoine Moiboueyi is a highly experienced professional with over 25 years of involvement in the sports industry throughout New England and the United States. Born in the West African country of Gabon, he grew up immersed in the world of soccer and was introduced to the opportunities of American high school sports while on vacation in the US. Inspired by this encounter, Moiboueyi spent four formative years at Acton Boxborough Regional High School before enrolling at Plymouth State College. During his time at Plymouth State, Moiboueyi was a standout member of the soccer team, earning numerous accolades and distinctions. However, his passion for coaching eventually led him to step away from playing competitively and focus on developing his skills as a mentor and guide. Over the course of his career, Moiboueyi has successfully coached a variety of sports at all levels, ranging from middle school to the semi-professional tier. His coaching expertise extends to soccer, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse, showcasing his versatility and commitment to athletic development. Moiboueyi's dedication to professional growth is reflected in his possession of national coaching licenses in soccer from United Soccer Coaches and basketball from USA Basketball. Additionally, he holds a unified coaching license along with numerous certifications, including first aid, concussion protocols, NCAA recruiting, and more. These qualifications highlight his comprehensive approach to coaching and ensuring the well-being of his athletes. Currently, Moiboueyi focuses on assisting athletes with their mental state, helping them navigate the challenges they face as they progress to higher levels of competition, whether that be collegiate sports or beyond. He emphasizes the importance of nurturing young student-athletes while simultaneously preparing them for future endeavors. As he embarks on his journey with the Maine Bulldogs, Moiboueyi eagerly anticipates building the franchise, making a positive impact on the community, and, above all, serving the state of Maine to the best of his abilities. Having the opportunity to work with and support athletes of all ages and skill levels is a responsibility he embraces wholeheartedly, always striving to contribute to the growth and success of both individuals and communities alike. AntoineMBPresident@mainebulldogs.com
Head Coach/General Manager
ABOUT COACH PONDS Head Coach/General Manager of the Maine Bulldogs When it comes to being a basketball coach and motivator, Coach Willie Ponds ranks is a proven champion on every level. Coach has over 30 years of basketball playing. coaching, managing. and owning experience. From middle school to high school to college to pro, Coach Ponds doesn't stop there. He's also an active leader, utilizing his experiences in basketball, U.S. military, and faith, in the community serving as the shelter manager at the union mission in Norfolk, Virginia. and pastor. Coach Ponds, has the knowledge, experience, and attitude to develop your basketball skills and IQ as well as motivate your business, company, or team! PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Seven Cities Vets, American Basketball Association 2019 - present Head Coach 2020 Interim, Head Coach 2019 2-0 Record Highest scoring game of the season 164 South Florida Gold, American Basketball Association 2018 General Manager South Coast Fire, American Basketball Association 2013 - 2017 Head Coach 2014 ABA Southeast Divison Champions Jacksonville Giants, American Basketball Association 2010- 2012 Assistant Coach 2011 ABA Southern Division Champions 2011 ABA Eastern Conference Champion 2011 ABA League Championship 2011 ABA All Star Assistant Coach Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville Florida 2010- 2017 Head Coach Seven Cities Knights, American Basketball Association 2009 - 2010 Head Coach • Ranked #3 out Of 160 Nationwide Portsmouth Alliance Christian Academny, Virginia High School League 2007 - 2009 Head Coach Churchland High School, Virginia High School League 1996 -1998 Assistant Varsity Coach PLAYING Concerned Christians in Action, Terry Cummings 1992 -1998 Team DJK Kickers, FIBA Wurzburg Germany 1986-1991 Boston Celtics, NBA 1985 Kickers, FIBA Wurzburg Germany 1984-1985 CoachPondsMB@mainebulldogs.com
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Jim Libby will serve as assistant head coach of the Maine Bulldogs in the American Basketball Association (ABA) this season. Coach Libby has been a high school, A.A.U., and college basketball coach in Maine for the past 35 years. He is the former head basketball coach at Thomas College after serving as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s College under Rick Simonds, that school’s all-time leader in coaching victories in men’s varsity basketball. While at St. Joseph’s, Coach Libby developed a reputation as a strong recruiter and tactician. At Thomas College, he inherited a men’s program that had recorded a 0 – 24 record in 2001. He quickly turned the Terriers into perennial contenders in North Atlantic Conference (N.A.C.) play. The Thomas College men qualified for the playoffs in all years that Libby coached, including one year coaching the Thomas women’s varsity as well. Coach Libby has served in a variety of other basketball positions. He was the head varsity girl’s coach at Gorham High School. He led Gorham to two consecutive appearances in the Maine Principal’s Association quarter finals in the Augusta Civic Center. He also served as the director of Hoop Basketball Camp in Casco, Maine for several years. He founded the Greater Waterville Summer Basketball League as well. In recent years, he has coached with the highly-regarded Firecrackers and Maine Thunder AAU programs, where has worked with some of Maine’s most talented high school players. “I am excited about the opportunity to help develop A.B.A. basketball in the state of Maine.” This is a great year for Maine basketball and for economic development in central Maine,” said Coach Libby. “It’s an honor to work with long-time professional basketball coach and new Bulldogs Head Coach, Willie Ponds, Jr.”
Nicholas Floyd is a passionate and dedicated coach with over 15 years of experience in playing and coaching various sports. His journey in coaching began in Indiana, where he started coaching AAU teams, fostering a love for the game in young athletes. Driven by his passion for sports and commitment to nurturing young talent, Nicholas eventually moved to Maine, where he found his calling in coaching youth sports at a local Rec department. As a coach, he believes in instilling discipline, teamwork, and a strong work ethic in his players, both on and off the field. Currently in his third year at Lewiston Middle School, Nicholas continues to make a positive impact on the lives of his students. In addition to his role at the middle school, he generously volunteers his time with the boys' varsity teams at Lewiston High School. This demonstrates his deep commitment to supporting and guiding athletes at different stages of their development. Nicholas's coaching expertise spans multiple sports, including football, basketball, and baseball. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each practice and game, striving to help his players reach their full potential. By creating a supportive and inclusive environment, he encourages his students to grow as athletes and individuals, fostering their self-confidence and resilience. Beyond coaching, Nicholas is a devoted family man who understands the importance of balancing work and personal life. In his free time, he enjoys indulging in his hobbies, such as grilling, fishing, and gaming. These activities not only provide him with relaxation but also nurture his ability to connect with his players on a personal level, understanding their interests and fostering stronger bonds. firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Of Finance
Sophia Adams, a seasoned finance professional with a remarkable track record of success. As Head of Finance for the esteemed Maine Bulldogs, she brings expertise in accounting, bookkeeping, and financial management. Sophia's proficiency with Quickbooks has streamlined financial processes for four companies, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Her dedication shines as she meticulously organizes records, adhering to mandatory retention periods. Beyond finance, Sophia's versatility is evident, taking on roles as a Head Receptionist, handling customer payments and bank deposits. Her ability to multitask contributes to organizational success. An entrepreneur at heart, Sophia's deep understanding of business challenges sets her apart. Her proactive financial management and dedication earn her trust and praise from colleagues. Outside her career, Sophia's dynamic personality fosters a network of opportunities. As Head of Finance for the Maine Bulldogs, she drives financial success, contributing to the team's growth and prosperity. SophiaHeadFinance@mainebulldogs.com
Head Event Director
Renee Robinson Ponds also the wife of current Head Coach/GM Coach Willie Ponds Jr, will be the Head Event Director for the Maine Bulldogs. She brings an unparalleled passion and expertise to the team. With her extensive experience as the Director of Game Day Operations for the Hampton Road Cardinals in the Eastern Basketball Alliance, Renee knows how to create an electrifying atmosphere that keeps fans on their feet. But that's not all! Renee is also a talented National Anthem Performer, captivating audiences with her powerful and soulful renditions. She has graced the stages of various sports teams, including the Seven Cities Knights, Jacksonville Giants, South Florida Gold, Florida Makos, Savannah Grizzlies, and Southcoast Fire, leaving crowds in awe with her mesmerizing voice. Beyond her involvement in the sports world, Renee is a dedicated Praise and Worship Leader, spreading joy and inspiration through her musical talents. She is an active member of Concern Christians in Action, bringing faith and love to the community. You can find her sharing her incredible voice at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and contributing her vocal talents as a choir member for The Choir of Joy, Kenny Shields and Anointed Worship.
Maine Bulldogs Basketball Trainer
Height 203cm / 6’8” Weight 99.8kg / 220lbs Union University, Jackson, Tennessee (NCAA Division 2) Major: Sports Management/ Marketing Classification: Professional Basketball Player Graduation: May 22, 2011 Position: Guard/Forward NBA Comparison: Carmelo Anthony Passport: Haitian (Cotonou) About Antoine: Antoine is a versatile player who has an NBA body, high IQ, and is a well polished athlete that plays very hard on both ends of the floor. Antoine has amazing athleticism which allows him to finish well in traffic and put on a show on those breakaway plays. Antoine also is a very good shooter and can play with his back to the basket which makes him virtually impossible to guard. Antoine has very good ball handling and a great first step which allows him to leave defenders behind and get to the basket with ease. Antoine is high level player who can play for any team. SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS Won 3 Regular Season Championships Lead Union University to National Tournament 3 times Member of Union University Camps for Kids Foundation (8 months) – 2007-2011 Member of Smile Project Haiti (6 months) – 2012 Trlilingual (Haitian-Creole, French, and American-English) Haitian National Basketball Team Captain Basketball Skills Trainer Soccer Skills Trainer Fitness and Wellness Trainer PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL SKILLS 2021 FIBA 3x3 AmeriCup 2021 2019 NBA Africa – U.N.Z.A. Pacers 2018 FIBA Americas – Haiti National Team 2018 NBA G League – Agua Caliente Clippers Camp Invite 2017 El Salvador (Liga MB) – 22.6ppg, 12.5rpg, 2.9ast 2016 Miami Pro League (Team One Shot) – 20ppg, 6rpg, 2.7 ast. 2016 Dew NBA 3x (Miami Champions) – Won Miami Championship to advance to U.S. Finals (Los Angeles, CA) 2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBA D League) Atlanta Tryout 2014 Georgia Gwizzlies (ABA) (ABA, starting five): 10 games 22.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-5(2spg), FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 88.2% 2013-2014 ABL United States - Palm Beach Piranahs Averaging 10.5 ppg, 11rbs, 2 blocks, 2 steals 13-14 ABL Champions. 2012-2013 Chile Division 1 La Liga Movistar- Club Deportivo Pucon, Averaging 25 ppg, 10 rbs, 5 blocks, 3 steals , 5 assists Made it to playoffs Carried the highest point value of 44 points and 12 rebounds in Chile against the Anchur. 2011-2012 Argentina TNA - Union De Sunchales, Averaging 20 ppg, 10 rebounds, 2 steals,2 blocks, and 3 assists Carried the highest point value of 26 points and 11 rebounds RELATED LINKS Union University (NCAA D2) Player Profile: http://www.uu.edu/athletics/info/players/player.cfm?ID=621 FIBA AmeriCup 2021: https://www.fiba.basketball/3x3Americup/2021/Men/Haiti EUROBASKET PROFILE: https://basketball.latinbasket.com/player/Joseph-Antoine/El-Salvador/Chalchuapa-United/138359
Head Director Of Photography/Head Of Media Relations
Meet Michael "Ram" McDonough, a passionate sports enthusiast and skilled photographer hailing from the vibrant city of Portland. From an early age, Michael's love for sports was evident, and his artistic family background sparked an interest in photography. As a child, Michael was captivated by the photographs on sports cards and in sports magazines. This fascination eventually led him to explore photography at a more advanced level. Attending local events, he and his equally photography-loving wife honed their skills, determined to take their passion to the next level. In 2014, Michael and his wife decided to share their talent and love for sports photography with the world by creating "Ram Sport," a social media page on Facebook. Little did they know that this humble beginning would transform into a thriving business. Over the years, they have witnessed their venture grow, and their dedication has taken them all across the country, covering sports events and capturing the essence of various memorable moments. Their portfolio expanded beyond sports, as they began taking senior photos, covering weddings, and capturing precious family moments. Adapting to every opportunity that came their way, Michael and his wife demonstrated their versatility as photographers. With their passion and expertise, Michael and his wife have earned significant recognition in the industry. Their impressive work has been published in reputable publications such as the Sun Journal, Softball Magazine, New England Hockey Journal, and numerous others. Michael's talent has not gone unnoticed by esteemed organizations either. Regularly, he lends his photography skills to Central Maine Community College, Twin City Thunder Hockey, and local high school sports, becoming an integral part of these communities. Always seeking new challenges and opportunities, Michael is thrilled to contribute his skills to the MAINE Bulldogs in a Media Relations capacity. Moreover, he looks forward to capturing dynamic action shots of the players during game day, adding to the excitement and energy of the sport. With an unwavering passion for both sports and photography, Michael "Ram" McDonough continues to leave his mark on the world of sports photography, leaving us eager to witness the incredible moments he will capture next. RAM@mainebulldogs.com
Head Of Media Communications
Zack Paquette is an accomplished individual who currently holds the prominent position of lead role in media communications for a notable organization (April 2023-Present). With a background in Sports Management from Husson University, Zack's unwavering passion for the sporting world, particularly basketball, became evident early on. In addition to his role as a media communications professional, Zack actively contributes as a producer for the esteemed Northeast Sports Network, operating out of Vermont (April 2023-Present). His responsibilities involve covering college sports events across Maine and the broader New England region. Zack's versatility extends beyond the realms of media and sports, as he also excels as a sales professional. Within this capacity, he plays a pivotal role in forging lucrative business partnerships and securing valuable sponsorships for the esteemed Maine Bulldogs. When the team is in the midst of an action-packed season, Zack's expertise shines through as he assists in the seamless execution of game day initiatives and events hosted during their home games. Eager to be part of the organization's ongoing growth, Zack Paquette radiates enthusiasm and optimism for the future. With his remarkable skill set and dedication, there is no doubt that he will contribute significantly to the organization's success. As a true supporter of the Bulldogs, Zack's unwavering commitment fuels his ambition to elevate the team to new heights. Go Bulldogs!
Matthew Anderson, a talented and passionate photographer based in the picturesque city of Scarborough, Maine. Born and raised in the heart of Portland, he developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of his surroundings from an early age, which ultimately ignited his artistic journey. At 26 years old, Matthew's dedication to the art of photography spans over seven years, making him a seasoned professional in the field. His artistic vision and creative flair are a testament to his years of experience and unwavering commitment to his craft. After completing his high school education at Waterville Senior High, Matthew further pursued his passion for photography by studying at the renowned Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). There, he honed his skills and expanded his horizons, specializing in Communications and New Media with a keen focus on photography and videography. Matthew's academic background in Communications has equipped him with the ability to capture not only stunning visuals but also to tell compelling stories through his lens. His photographs and videos have a unique narrative quality that sets him apart as a storyteller in the world of visual arts. His love for his home state of Maine shines through in his work, as he has an innate talent for capturing the essence and natural beauty of the region. Whether it's the rugged coastlines, lush forests, or vibrant cityscapes, Matthew's photographs beautifully showcase the soul of Maine. With Scarborough as his current base, Matthew continuously explores new avenues and challenges to push the boundaries of his artistry. He finds inspiration in the diversity of people and cultures he encounters, allowing him to infuse his work with a captivating and genuine touch. Matthew Anderson's portfolio encompasses a wide range of subjects, including landscape photography, portrait shoots, event coverage, and commercial assignments. His versatility and adaptability make him a sought-after photographer, capable of delivering exceptional results for any project. With an innate eye for detail and a passion for visual storytelling, Matthew Anderson's work is an expression of his profound love for photography and the world around him. As he embarks on new adventures and captures moments that resonate with the heart, we eagerly await the mesmerizing stories he will unveil through his lens. MattAPhotographer@mainebulldogs.com
Play By Play Commentor
Nathan Lapointe, a Theatre Program Associate at The Childrens Museum and Theater of Maine, is an Actor, Entertainer, Improviser, Musician, Concious Hip Hop artist, Voice actor, and Comedian based out of Portland, ME. Nathan aka Unique Unknown, found his creative roots in Van Buren, Maine. Starting out playing drums to classic rock music, his love of wordplay inevitably guided him towards theater and hip-hop, both of which he has embraced through his time spent at college and beyond. He and Kyler Henningsen co-founded Family Banned Records with the aim to bring awareness to the healing power of art and culture. He has also created a hip hop curriculum with students in Windham, and Raymond, ME and currently uses his music and theater skills to collaborate with the children and families at CMTM. Nathan has performed in multiple main stage productions in Maddy’s Theatre. As a Theatre Program Associate, Nathan is a key individual in Pop Up Play development and performance. NathanLmbcommentator@mainebulldogs.com
Maine Bulldogs DJ
Dane Morgan, known to the world as The Ambassatah, has been steadily establishing his footprint in the music industry since 2014. Hailing from Maine, with reach extending to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, The Ambassatah is a seasoned professional disc jockey renowned for his audacious mixes and captivating performances. His dynamic expertise spans across club, open format, mobile and performance DJing. He is available for a wide array of events including celebrations, club concerts, festivals, house parties and more, offering sets ranging from 3-7 hours. The Ambassatah’s residencies are a testament to his expansive influence and captivating performances. From 2019 to the present day, he has held a residence at Quarry Tap Room. His discography also boasts a residency at Half Acre Nightclub since 2021 and at Kanu/OHOP at the University of Maine since 2022. The Ambassatah also enchanted audiences at Fusion Bar & Lounge from 2017-2019. The King of Spin, as he's affectionately known, has graced a variety of major events and venues with his unique sound. His repertoire includes Pearl Nightclub, Marks Place, AURA, Peaks Island, The Yard, Pie North, MyTie Lounge, The O Club (NH), LobsterFest, and Annual Lewiston Block Party among others. His rhythm has served as the heartbeat of numerous city events in Lewiston, Hallowell, and Bangor, as well as the prestigious Bates College, Bowdoin College, and Colby College. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ambassatah was pioneering the "Mixmaster Fridayz" Facebook Live sessions, pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Currently, he curates the "Ambassatah Sessions," featuring exclusive tracks, one-of-a-kind mash-ups, and a music fusion that breaks barriers. In his own words, The Ambassatah aims to be the "Ambassador of Music." He constantly challenges his audience to discover more about their music tastes and themselves. With a sound that’s unmistakably his own, he presents a unique blend of mixing and scratching which he refers to as "art." This relentless pursuit of innovation and audience engagement has resulted in his work with various esteemed clients such as Hallowell Pride Alliance, Healthy Neighborhoods, Tree Street Youth, DONS Soulfood, Cowbell Burger, and Casablanca among others. Furthering his impact on the local music and sports scene, The Ambassatah is thrilled to announce his new role as the official DJ for the Maine Bulldogs' home games. His distinctive sound and dynamic energy are set to bring a new level of excitement to each game, elevating the experience for players and fans alike. The Ambassatah continues his ascent in the music industry, breaking new ground and challenging conventions with every beat. His dedication to his craft and unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of his art make him a sought-after DJ and one to watch.