UMaine names former Lee postgrad coach as assistant for men’s basketball team

Posted Aug. 02, 2013, at 2:01 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Former Lee Academy postgraduate boys basketball coach Deshon Gaither has been named an assistant coach of the University of Maine men’s basketball team, UM head coach Ted Woodward announced in a press release Friday.

Gaither posted a 52-17 record at Lee while preparing players for collegiate programs at all levels.

“Deshon is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff and we are thrilled to have him join us,” Woodward said in the release. “He has a wealth of experience at all levels of basketball, understands and is a great teacher of the game, and is an experienced and well-connected recruiter which is vital to success at the college level. He comes highly recommended from great people. He has coached at many different levels and throughout the world. We look forward to having Deshon as a Black Bear. He is a great addition to our staff.”

Gaither said he is looking forward to starting his new job.

“Coaching at the Division I level has always been a goal of mine and to have this opportunity given to me by the university is outstanding,” he said in the release. “I’m ready to meet the team and get to work on learning how all the pieces fit together. My plan is to become an integral contributor to the success that I see us, as a team, having during the upcoming season.

“I would also like to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Lee and I appreciate all the support that the surrounding community has shown for myself and the teams that I have been lucky enough to coach,” he added.

Prior to his time at Lee, Gaither worked with the Ontario Professional Basketball League, where he helped lead his team to a 36-0 season and the OPBA championship. Many of his former players have played professionally in Europe.

Gaither also coached at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., for coach Max Good, a former coach of the Maine Central Institute postgrad team in Pittsfield. While at Bryant, the Bulldogs made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and were the 2005 NCAA Division II runners-up. A native of South Bend, Ind., Gaither graduated from Ashford University in 1998.

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