Deshon Gaither
Deshon Gaither
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: (207) 859-1213
Email: deshon.gaither@thomas.edu

Gaither was named Head Men's Basketball Coach in June of 2019.

Gaither previously served as an assistantcoacth 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.

A native of South Bend, Ind., Gaither graduated from Ashford University in 1998.