Coaching Staff

Fritz Marseille, Founder & Director of Black Bear North, Coach
Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Thomas College

A hall of fame inductee of the Chicago City Basketball Public League. In 1991, attended and captained the South Suburban College basketball team in South Holland, Illinois. Played forward and captained UMaine’s 1991-92 and 1992-93 Men’s basketball teams. From 2008 to present, Coach Marseille founded the Black Bear North Basketball Club that features spring and fall team programs that have averaged approximately 340 participants from around the state of Maine in each of the past two years, along with other players who take part in the organization’s summer camps and individual and group basketball clinics. His teams have won 11 state titles and various championships throughout the East Coast. From (2010- 2013) Marseille coached along side Coach Gaither with Lee Academy postgraduate basketball program. Between Lee Academy & Black Bear North, over 40 players have been placed in various college programs all over the country. Coach Marseille is currently the Associate Head Coach at Thomas College in Waterville.

Previously: Coach Marseille graduated with an Associated in General Studies at South Suburban College (1991), South Holland, Illinois and received a B.S. in Health, Physical Education at the University of Maine (1994) Orono, ME.

A Native of Chicago, Illinois, Marseille attended Mather High School. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Hermon with their three sons, Fritz, Isaiah and Keenan.

 

Travon “Trey” Wilcher, Girls Coach,  Former Boys Coach and Recruiter

Coach Trey brings great energy and passion to Black Bear North AAU club. He has been a part of the boys side for 7 years, in which the club has developed a reputation of being one of the top teams in New England. In 2019, Black Bear North announced that Coach Trey will be coaching on the girls side. We are excited to bring the girls side of the program up to another level. Coach Trey has been a part of the Black Bear North AAU club since 2013. In that span, his teams has won 5 Maine State Championships (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), as well as out of state tournaments. Coach Trey has been a part of player development of all ages, coaching some of Maine’s best talent.

After to Graduating from the University of Maine (2012), Coach Trey became a assistant coach for his Alma mater, Lee Academy, for two years. In that span the team record was 42-8 coaching many division 1,2 and 3 players. Coach Trey played High school basketball for Springfield Central High School for in Massachusetts. He transferred to Lee Academy to play on their Prep team for two years in Northern Maine. After graduating from Lee Academy (2007) Coach Trey played Division 1 Basketball for the University of Massachusetts for a year and a half before transferring to the University of Maine where he graduated with a bachelor degree in Child Development and Family Relations in 2012. Coach Trey is currently in his 2nd year as the Head Basketball coach for Reeds Brook Middle School. In his first year, Reeds Brook made it to the Championship game as an 8th seed.

Coach Trey resides in Orono with his wife Stephanie of 9 years who helps Black Bear North with hotel bookings and admission. She also brings a motherly feeling to the club. His five daughters (Emjae, Audriana, Olivia, Gwendolyn, and Zuri) also bring a family feeling to the club.

 

Amy Boles, Coach Girls Program 

Coach Boles’ love for the game of basketball began as a child, watching her father coach at the high school level.   He instilled a love and passion for the game, which she tries to share with all the students and players she works with.  In 2017, Amy was given the opportunity to coach at Black Bear North, coaching various girls teams.  Last year, after winning the Zero Gravity State Championship, her team went on to the semi-finals at that national tournament, competing against some of the best competition the girls had seen.  Her goal is to not just improve basketball skills, but also to increase basketball IQ and instill life-long skills such as coachability, teamwork, goal-setting, and the fostering of positive relationships.

Coach Boles attended and played basketball at Colby College, graduating in 1998, with a degree in Sociology and Education.  While there, she had her first official coaching job, working at Coach Richard Whitmore’s Pine Tree Basketball Camp.

After graduating, Coach Boles became a high school social studies teacher, serving as the Junior Varsity Girls basketball coach and the girls Varsity Soccer Coach at Massabesic High School.  She was voted the Southern Maine Activities Association Girls Soccer Coach of the year in 2000.  In 2003, Amy became the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of New England.

Amy is currently in her tenth year as the Principal at Hancock County Technical Center in Ellsworth, after being the Assistant Principal at Ellsworth High School for five years.  Amy received her Master’s Degree (2010) and Certificate of Advanced Study (2016) in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. 

Coach Boles and her husband Michael, and two children, Hunter and Elizabeth, reside in Ellsworth.  Both Amy and Michael are highly involved in their community youth sports programs.  

 

 

Deshon Gaither, Black Bear North Advisor, Coach
Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Thomas College.

Gaither previously served as an assistant coach at Thomas under previous head coach Joe Scheuers during the 2018-19 season, helping lead the Terriers to a 12-12 regular season record and 9-5 conference mark, earning the No. 4 seed in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament. Thomas defeated MMA in the quarterfinal round, then upset top-seeded UMaine-Farmington in the semifinal before falling to Husson in the NAC Championship.

Prior to coming to Thomas, Gaither spent a year at the University of Maine, where he was an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team for the 2013-14 season. He previously coached for three seasons at Lee Academy for the post graduate program (2010-2013) including two years as head coach where he compiled a 52-17 record and placed over twenty players in various college programs all over the country. 

Before moving back to the Northeast, Gaither was an assistant coach with the Oita Heat Devils of the Basketball Japan League during the 2009-10 season, serving under former Indiana Pacer Brian Rowsom. From 2005-2008 he was an assistant coach for Maine Hall of Fame Head Coach Max Good at Bryant College. In his three years at Bryant he helped coach the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II Tournament each year and assisted with the transition to Division I.  
Other stops for Coach Gaither include the ABA’s Carolina Thunder and OPBA’s Guelph Gladiators, where he again coached under ABA Coach of the Year Brian Rowsom.  They led the Gladiators to an undefeated season en route to the OPBA Championship. Gaither also coached at Barat College, Ashford University and Marycrest International University in the early years of his coaching career. He has been a coach and club advisor for Black Bear North AAU since 2010 and has coached at numerous camps across the country over his career.

 

Jason Skarka,  Head Coach of Black Bear North Mid-Coast

Coach Jason is in his 28th year of coaching Basketball. His first “real” coaching job came his Jr. year in High School after a knee injury from football kept him off the hardwood for his St. Pius X High school team in Atlanta, Georgia.  A believer that a coaches job is to help young athletes become the best version of themselves, Coach Jason loves fundamentals and teaches his athletes the mantra “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!”  Coach Jason currently coaches a Black Bear girls high school team and has developed them in to quite a competitive group.  This Spring he will be adding a Middle School girls team.

Black Bear Mid-Coast is run out of our Mid-Coast headquarters called “The Bears Den” located in Union, Maine.  We currently have 2 Boys HS teams, BBN Kingsbury 2019 ZG Northern New England Champions and BBN Wadworth.  We also have one girls High School Team, BBN Skarka 2019 ZG Northern New England Champions and 2019 ZG Maine State Runners Up as well as multiple Middle School teams.

Coach Jason is the 7th grade girls Coach at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston, Maine.  A true “student of the game” Coach Jason enjoys studying basketball when not coaching it!  DREAM BIG! 

 

Aaron Pinckney,  Boys Coach

Coach is Aaron Pinckney is from Philadelphia, PA, and a Graduate of Cardinal Dougherty Catholic High School.  During the summers Coach Aaron played for Rasheed Wallace/Hunting Park Warriors; playing in countless tournaments. After High School he attended Maine Central Prep as a post graduate under Coach Karl Henrikson in 2001-2002. After prep, Aaron went on play at Division 1 Blinn Junior College in Texas. In the best junior college division in America. Started out as the 6th man playing 25 minutes a game. Then eventually starting playing 35 minutes a game. Leading the team in field goal percentage at 56% and in blocks.  Coach Pinckney graduated from East Stroudsburg University a Division 2 college out Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.  Coach Aaron lead the team in field goal percentage his senior year at 57% and also played Pro-am’s. While playing Pinckney started training kids at the age 20, tutoring and guiding players through high school and college.  Pinckney currently coaches for Ellsworth High School as the freshmen coach and assisting the junior varsity and varsity teams. During the Spring, Summer and Fall months Pinckney assists coaching the the Black Bear North program and training players of all levels during his spare time.

 

Malick Kone, Player Development

Mr. Malick Kone is a 2015 graduate from Rutgers University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, while playing on their DI Men’s Basketball Team. Malick Kone was born and raised in Conakry, Guinea, and moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. Malick was spotted by a recruiter playing basketball with friends, and that’s where his dream of playing basketball in the US became a reality. Due to his excellent academic standing and positive reputation, he was accepted to one of the top boarding schools in Virginia, Blue Ridge Boarding School in Charlottesville. From there, he had an offer to play for Georgetown University under coach Thompson Junior, but the assistant who offered him the scholarship moved to Rutgers Men’s Basketball coaching staff and that’s how Malick ended up playing there from 2011 to 2015. During his four years’ career at Rutgers University, Malick played in three conferences; BIGEAST Conference, American conference and BIGTEN conference. Malick was awarded Big East Conference All-Academic All-Star 2012-2013. More recently in 2017, Malick represented the Guinea National Basketball team in Tunisia for FIBA Afro-League. This past year, he played on a club team, S.L.A.C., for FIBA Afro-League in Morocco.

Malick is currently working as a Education Technician at Hermon High School, and coaching the John Bapst Boy’s JV Basketball Team. Malick enjoys training and mentoring youth basketball players, and developing their skills through various techniques.  Malick Kone is the founder of BasketballShape Training.

 

Phil White, Washington DC, Coach Boys Program

Graduated High School: 2002 from Potomac High in Oxon Hill MD (4 year starter) Attended Husson University: 2002-2006 (4 year starter) Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

It has always been a dream of mine to develop young talent and see young men blossom into young men on the court. I love the game and what it represents, it’s an outlet for some and home for others. My goal is to get the best out of every player that steps on the court, and to maximize their talents. I preach confidence because there’s no better quality in a basketball player.