Coaching Staff

Nelson Terroba, Head Coach

Nelson Terroba is a committed coach and teacher.

Terroba’s most recent coaching stop is the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA G League.  He was an assistant there under Coach Bill Peterson. The team was part of the Orlando Magic organization.  It was his second stint in the D League, also having coached with the Bakersfield Jam, under Coach Will Voigt.


“I have to give credit to Coach Voigt for granting me my first coaching opportunity in the pros.  I learned a lot about alignment, strategy and teaching the pro game from Coach Voigt. At Erie, Coach Peterson granted me the role of offensive coordinator, which was great for my development as a coach.  And his focus on player development throughout the season is something I will take with me as well,” Terroba said. “Being able to attend and take part in Orlando Magic Training Camp was also a great experience.”

Terroba is a graduate of The University of Texas.  Beyond coaching basketball, he is a huge fan of Texas Longhorns Football, and you can expect him to be on the lookout for other Texas Exes in Saint John for football viewing parties. After graduating from Texas, has was a Special Assistant under Coach Rick Barnes, and directed the Longhorn summer basketball camp, oversaw video exchange, scouted opponents and also helped with producing recruiting materials.

“Being on the staff at Texas was a dream, and I was fortunate to see firsthand at a young age what takes place behind the scenes of a major Division 1 basketball program.  I learned the importance of competing daily at a high level and was afforded the opportunity to grow my basketball knowledge exponentially, while also getting a chance to lead through my role with summer camps. Coach Russ Springmann and Coach Rob Lanier were both great mentors — I learned from them the the power of mentorship,” Terroba said.

After his time at Texas, he spent 6 years back at his hometown of Dripping Springs, TX, eventually serving as the head basketball coach at his alma mater.

“Growing up in a tight-knit community was huge for me.  I loved my high school experience and our District Champ team from my senior year is a big reason why I decided to go into coaching— I just loved the game and could not get away from it. I am still good friends with many of my high school teammates,” Terroba said.  “It is also why I like the community feel of Saint John—it reminds me of the great experiences I had growing up.”

From there, he spent three years at Austin High in Austin, TX as an assistant to one of the best teams in school history, winning two playoff games for the first time in more than 50 years and finishing 29-3 in his final season there.

“My time at Austin High is one of my favorite times in coaching.  We had such a great group of diverse kids from so many backgrounds and walks of life playing together at such a high level.  It really was a great reminder of the power of teamwork and how basketball can bring so many different types of personalities and backgrounds together in one place, pushing for a shared outcome,” Terroba said.

Terroba also founded the Hoops 101 Basketball camp in 2000 while in college. It is an organization that has hosted several summer camps, skills academies and select teams over the years.  Before his time at Erie, he served as Facility and Basketball Director for the Premier Athletic Complex near Austin, where he directed and formed the CenTex Attack Select Basketball program,.

“Every stop along the way, I have learned something that has made me better.  Hoops 101 and CenTex Attack brought out the best in me, and provided a vehicle through which I applied all the basketball, leadership, business and organizational knowledge into tangible projects and pursuits,” Terroba said. “At the end of the day, I just love being part of a great team.  There is nothing like working with like-minded individuals who are working together to achieve excellence.”

Alan Rivers-Bowman, Assistant Coach

Born and raised in the Saint John area. Played at UNBSJ and Acadia. Have been involved coaching at the university level (UNBSJ), provincial program (Basketball NB) and club level (ECBA) over the past 7 years.

NCCP Level 2 certified through Basketball Canada. Currently working for DP World Saint John as Finance Manager.



Ryan Thomson, Assistant Coach

Coach Thomson joins the Saint John Riptide after spending two seasons with the Maine Red Claws.

A graduate of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Thomson played a key role in the Thunderwolves high achieving teams, culminating in a CIS Silver Medal in 2012, finishing his career with the highest winning percentage in school history. He was an active member of the community volunteering his time with the local Thunder Bay Blaze basketball program.

After spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Thunderwolves, Thomson joined former Lakehead University coach Scott Morrison with the Maine Red Claws, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Boston Celtics. In his first year Thomson served as a basketball operations assistant and player development coach. In his second season Thomson was elevated to the role of assistant coach and was responsible for leading scouts and walk-throughs while also leading individual player development sessions.

In addition, Thomson has served as a scout for Draft Express, responsible for watching, analyzing and generating reports on international and collegiate NBA Draft eligible players as well as those participating in FIBA youth events.