Front Office

Scott VanWart, President

Scott was born and raised on the West side of Saint John and has a passion for both basketball and Saint John. He has been around the game of basketball for over 25 years and played many years in the LMBA, at Barnhill Junior High, and St Malachys High School. Scott also spent a number of years representing New Brunswick at the Provincial level and later in life enjoyed volunteer coaching in the LMBA. After graduating from Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Scott spent almost a decade helping to build local IT start-up Q1 Labs which was acquired in October 2010 by IBM. Following IBM Scott spent a number of years with Silicon Valley based start-up Netskope before returning home to work as a Director of Product Management at Mariner Partners in Uptown Saint John. Scott and his partner now live in Rothesay with their beautiful 6 year old daughter Emily.  


Jessica Smith, VP of Operations

Jessica Smith is eager to take the Saint John Riptide to new heights. With a Master’s certificate in Project Management from UNB and a Six Sigma Green Belt certification, Jessica served in a variety of roles in project management and continuous improvement with the City of Saint John for over ten years. Born and raised in Saint John, Jessica has a true passion for her community. She has offered her time and talents to numerous initiatives, most recently serving on the committee of the resoundingly successful Area 506 Music Festival. Jessica is energized by a team approach and her game-winning strategies are fueled by a desire to deliver exceptional results. She looks forward to sharing her own enthusiasm for the team with all fans and making Riptide games the number one destination for fun family entertainment in Saint John.  


Nelson Terroba, Head Coach & General Manager of Basketball Operations

Nelson Terroba is the head coach and General Manager of Basketball Operations.  As part of his role, he has final say on personnel decisions for the rosters, he manages the salary cap and also is in charge of all basketball staff and operations. 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. 


Dave Morrell, Basketball Operations

David has been involved with the sport of basketball for nearly 15 years. He has coached many non-competitive and competitive teams, as well as volunteering for many different basketball association positions.  Along with basketball, David also enjoys many other sports including karate.  In 2012, David earned his black belt from Shintorakai Canada.  David has also taught karate for nearly 10 years and has successfully become a qualified Karate Canada official.  David always enjoys talking about the theory behind this martial art. In his professional life, David has worked in the IT field for more than 17 years and is currently employed with Genesys in Saint John, New Brunswick as a Staff Software QA Analyst.   He is married to Beckie of 17 years and has two daughters who also love the game of basketball.