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Ricky Oliver

NE Lady Panthers, Director & 11th Grade Coach (NCAA Certified)

Coach Oliver was born in Chicago, IL lived in the Midwest growing up.  After graduating from high school, Coach Oliver joined the USAF where he served over 20 years, retiring in 1998. Coach Oliver was a basketball official at both Boys and Girls High School all over the world for 16 season & officiated Women's NCAA for 8 seasons, recently rejoining the ECAC as a basketball official starting the 2013-14 season.  Coach Oliver spent several years coaching various levels of youth basketball. Coach Oliver is a graduate of Trinity College with a B.A. in Financial Management.  Currently employed as a government Chief Financial Officer in Bedford, MA. He was the assistant coach at Sacred Heart School in Lowell for the 2000 season and from 2001-2004 served as the JV Coach and assistant Varsity Coach at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH.  While at Bishop Guertin Coach Oliver overall career record of 41-14 including winning the 2004 Class L JV Championship.  September 2004, Coach Oliver was named Head Varsity Coach at Nashua North High School in Nashua, NH where his is entering his 10th season.  Currently the NEAAU Girls Basketball Director In 2009 Coach Oliver was selected to the AAU National Executive Board and in 2012 was elected as the Zone "A" District Director overseeing operations of 11 AAU Districts.  His AAU accolades include 2012 NH Notebook Coach of the Year for Division 1 and making the playoffs for 7th year straight, NEAAU NH Top Finishes: 2013 (1st), 2011 (2nd), 2010 (1st), 2009 (1st), 2008 (1st) for 11th Grade, 2010 Nike Tournament of Champions (Chicago) 4th place finish, 2009 Blue Chip Big Mac/Quaker City Challenge Champions, AAU Nationals 2008 16u Sweet 16 Finish, 2007 Penn State Champions & several Super Regional Championships.  Coached over 150 players who have went on to play basketball at the college level.

David R. Bikofsky

Head Coach – Bay State Jaguars 10th Grade Coach (NCAA Certified)

Bay State Jaguars AAU Basketball Club President 2004-2010

Whether you are on the basketball court, in the court house or simply on the street of your neighborhood, when you meet David you will know you have met a true advocate for basketball, children and life. As a practicing attorney, David has developed the interpersonal skills that make those around him feel comfortable, engaged and at ease.  This translates to the basketball court where he is a powerful influence and role model for children and adolescents.

David Bikofsky is a strong believer in the power of basketball and the positive influence it has on our youth. His passion for playing the game began at a young age, although in the past ten years he has discovered a new passion for teaching and coaching. During this time he has been committed to sharing his knowledge, skills and experience. David has always been drawn to positively influencing kids to ensure that they have a bright future. His special ability and skill in basketball – both playing and coaching – is easily recognizable to anyone who knows him. His ultimate goal is to give this ability and skill to the kids. Through the vehicle of basketball, he helps teach them how to make good decisions, use better judgment, be better people and develop personal character that will make them successful in life. David strongly  believes that it is not just about the number of points scored or about winning and losing; it is about navigating the challenges the game presents and  developing self-concept and self-confidence on and off the court.

He is NCAA certified and has coached over 700 AAU games for the Bay State Jaguars Basketball Club. His teams have been extremely successful on a State, Regional, and National level. Additionally,  Between 2004-2010 he was the President of the Bay State Jaguars Basketball Club (AAU).  Under his leadership the Jaguars have grown to 23 Boys and Girls teams and are now recognized and respected as one of the best AAU Clubs in New England and on the East Coast. David has coaches, trained and worked with over 50 college and pro players and several McDonald’s All-American nominees. David is also a co-founder and principal in Doner Elite Basketball (www.donerelite.com).

David graduated from Tufts University in 1978 with a B.A. and received his law degree from Boston College in 1982. He is married and has two daughters.

Coaching Jaguar Girls: 2012 Massachusetts State Division 1 Champions 9th Grade, 2012 Massachusetts State Division 1 Champions 11th Grade, 2012 Boo Williams Nike Invitational Divisional Champions 11th Grade, 2012 ESPN Super Showcase Champions 11th Grade, 2013 ESPN Super Showcase Champions 10th Grade (Silver Bracket)2002, 10U, 2003, 11U, 2004, 10U (D1) Massachusetts State Champions, 12U Massachusetts State Tournament – Bronze Medal, 2005, 11U (D1) State Tournament Silver Medal, 13U Massachusetts State Tournament – Silver Medal, 2006, 12U, 14U, 2007, 13U (D1) State Tournament Bronze Medal, 15U, 2008, 14U Elite (D1) Massachusetts State Champions, 3rd Place United States Junior Nationals, 16U, 2009, 15U Elite (D1) Massachusetts State Champions, 13U (D1) Massachusetts State Tournament – Silver Medal, 2010 (16U Elite), Boo Williams Nike Girls Invitational Final Four, Division 1 Massachusetts State Champions, 2nd Place – Division 1 National Championships Classic Bracket, Nike/USJN 17U National Championships – Division Champions (120 team pool), 2010 (14U Elite), USJN 14U Final Four, 2011, 15U Girls, Boo Williams Nike Invitational – Atlantic Division Finalist, D1 – MA State Champions, GymRat Challenge 15U Champions, AAU Super Showcase – Gold Division Finalist, Nike/USJN National Championships – 15U Semi-Finalist

Newton South High School: Assistant Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach (2006-2008, 2009-2012), Doner Elite Basketball Executive Director, 6/2006 – Present

Sam Doner

Head Coach – Bay State Jaguars 10th & 11th Grade Coach (NCAA Certified)

In the eighth grade Sam Doner (www.donerelite.com) discovered basketball and was instantly drawn to the game. Since that time, his passion for the game along with a love of the players he coaches has driven Sam in his unrelenting quest to become known as the best basketball clinician, skills trainer, and coach. A 7th grade math teacher and basketball coach, Sam Doner has perfected the formula for creating extraordinary basketball players. In basketball, like mathematics, the basic skills and drills must be mastered in order for one to truly begin to excel. Sam has the ability to break down and teach the most important aspects of the game to anyone willing to learn. His methods for teaching the exact same skill vary from player to player and make his approach to teaching/coaching basketball almost mystical. Sam’s ideas and ability to impart them are simply different from anyone else out there. His unique programs include fifth-graders to Division 1 college players all working out together. However, Sam has moved way beyond the traditional one drill at a time for everybody approach to focus on the needs of individual players. His clinics are described as: “There is no class system, based on gender, age or skill level. Sam makes it work. ““He really puts his heart and soul in it.’’ “He’ll take the most unskilled player and improve them to the point that you won’t even recognize them on the court within a matter of weeks’’.

For of all of these reasons, Sam Doner is one of the Northeast's best clinicians and skill developers in youth basketball. Without fail he is able to motivate and achieve “buy in” from his players, driving his athletes to perform at the highest level they are capable of. Sam creates a very safe & positive environment for his players and they succeed because they have no fear of failure.  At the end of the day the improvement in basketball skills and self-concept is unmatched.

Since 2008  Doner has been the head coach for the Newton South Girl’s Varsity Basketball team. Sam has also been extremely successful on a local and national level as an AAU basketball coach for the Mass. Pumas and the Bay State Jaguars. Sam has developed, trained and coached over 50 college and pro players and several McDonald’s All American nominees.

Head Coach – Bay State Jaguars:  

2012 Massachusetts State Division 1 Champions 9th Grade, 2012 Massachusetts State Division 1 Champions 11th Grade, 2012 Boo Williams Nike Invitational Divisional Champions 11th Grade, 2012 ESPN Super Showcase Champions 11th Grade, 2013 ESPN Super Showcase Champions 10th Grade (Silver Bracket), 2011, 15U Girls, Boo Williams Nike Invitational – Atlantic Division Finalist, D1 – MA State Champions, GymRat Challenge 15U Champions, AAU Super Showcase – Gold Division Finalist, Nike/USJN National Championships – 15U Semi-Finalist, 2011, 13U Girls, D1 – MA State Tournament Bronze Medalist, 2010 (16U Elite), Boo Williams Nike Girls Invitational Final Four, Division 1 Massachusetts State Champions, 2nd Place – Division 1 National Championships Classic Bracket, Nike/USJN 17U National Championships – Division Champions (120 team pool), 2010 (14U Elite), USJN 14U Final Four, 2009, U15 Mass State Champions, U13 Mass State Tournament – Silver Medal, U13 Hersey Jr Nationals Final 4, 2009/2010, Placed 7 of 10 14U on their respectful High School Varsity teams as Freshmen, 2008, U14 US Jr. Nationals Final Four (3rd), U16 Massachusetts State Tournament Silver Medal, U14 Massachusetts State Champions, 2007, U15 Massachusetts State Tournament Final Four (4th), U13 Massachusetts State Tournament Bronze Medal, 2007-2008, Placed 10 of 11 14u team members on their High School varsity team as Freshmen

High School Coaching Experience: Head Girls’ Basketball Coach: Newton South High School (2008- Present), Head Girls’ Basketball Coach: Medway High School (2003-2006), Asst Boys’ Basketball Coach: Weymouth High School (2002-2003)

President and Founder of the Mass Pumas, Concord, MA (2004-2006)

2007, placed 10 of 11 team members on their College Varsity team, including D1, D2, D3, 2006, U16 Super Regional Champions and Massachusetts State Champions, 2005, U15 Super Regional Champions and Massachusetts State Tournament Bronze Medal, 2004, U14 Massachusetts State Tournament Final Four

College Coaching Experience:  Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Mount Ida College (1999-2002), 2001,  NAC Champions