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.
Mike Anderson, Director of Operations and General Manager
Mike Anderson is a Grand Bay native who has always had a huge passion for the game of basketball. Mike has been playing basketball since he can remember, and grew up playing for the River Valley Basketball Association. He then continued on to Harbour View High school and spent three summers with Team New Brunswick preparing him for his 5 year university career at UNB. In his final year with the Varsity Reds, Mike was named Most Valuable Player and graduated with a degree in Business. The summer following Mike’s graduation, the Manchester Millrats were relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick. Mike played with the Millrats organization for 3 years under coaches Jaren Jackson, David Cooper, and Rob Spon.
While Mike was heavily involved with basketball, he was also working as Chief Accountant at T.S. Simms & Co. After 3 years in Accounting and Accounts Receivable, Mike moved on to Investors Group as a Financial Consultant for 3 years. With the knowledge of new ownership, Mike returned to the court in the NBL for the last half of the 2016-2017 season with the Saint John Riptide. This lead him to his current position as Director of Operations.
Mike and his wife Gabrielle, were married in August of 2016 and currently live in Grand Bay-Westfield. They have two beautiful boys who are already eager to play basketball with their dad!
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.”
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.
Bryer MacPherson, Social Media & Website