ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine men's basketball coach Ted Woodward announced several updates regarding his program on Monday.
Jon Sheets, '07, has been promoted to the men's basketball staff's second assistant coaching position. Sheets served on the staff this past season after playing professionally in Israel, participating with Athletes in Action touring team in South America, and coaching at the college level in California.
"Jon has done a terrific job as a member of our staff! He is great with our team workouts, scouting preparation, and in all aspects of basketball. He is a outstanding teacher of the game, is a highly respected coach, and I am very pleased he will be able to significantly increase his role on our staff," said Woodward. Sheets played for Woodward at Maine from 2005-2007, and earned his degree from UMaine in 2007.
Sophomore Dimitry Akanda-Coronel (Boston, Mass.) has begun training camp as part of the Cape Verde National Basketball Team program, with sights set on the FIBA African Basketball Championship August 20-31, hosted by the Ivory Coast.
"This is a great opportunity for Dimitry," said Woodward. "He had a terrific spring and summer in workouts, in the weight room, and to have the opportunity to possibly participate at the Men's National Level team, would be a wonderful experience for him and help propel him to a fantastic season this coming winter."
Incoming freshman Marko Pirovic (Bolton, Ontario) just completed the U19 Basketball World Championships in July, in Prague, Czech Republic. Pirovic, a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, was the team's seventh leading scorer, and fifth leading rebounder, while shooting 55% from 3-point range throughout the tournament.
"Marko played very well on a highly-talented team in a tournament that had many of the best young players in the world," said Woodward. Team USA was the eventual champion of the event, as Canada placed sixth in the worlds.
Associate coach Doug Leichner spent the summer as the coach of the Great Britain U20 team. The team participated in the European Championships Division B, went undefeated in pool play and ended with a second place finished, thus propelling them to Division A.
"It is exciting to have so many guys playing in various events," said Woodward. "It is great experience for each of them and will prepare them well for the upcoming season that lies ahead. Our guys have been working very hard this spring and summer, and we look forward to their return to campus to prepare for the upcoming season. We are very excited about this team and look forward to begin our fall workouts upon their return to school."