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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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 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
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.