Coaching Philosophy & Staff

Coaching Philosophy
Positive reinforcement serves as the basis of our coaching philosophy. Our goal is to make the basketball experience for your child, fun, educational, and a library full of positive life lessons.

We value players putting academic school work first over basketball play. We are highly competitive and will push our players to be the best that they are capable of and at the end of the day we value team and personal growth over winning. We value team over individual play. We value playing time for all players so that they get a chance to develop on the floor. We value players learning the basic fundamentals of the game (dribbling, shooting, passing, spacing and defending correctly) over loose unorganized play. We value parents trusting that we will do our best to make this a positive and fun experience for their children.

We are honored that you have chosen to join the YES! Program and will do our very best to earn your trust.

Welcome to the YES! Community!




Coach Dudley Davis : YES!5th,  7th,  & 8th Grade Girls AAU teams

  • In 2018, 5th grade girls Zero Gravity National Champions.
  • In 2014 & 2017,  6th grade Girls second place in Zero Gravity National Championship.
  • In 2012 & 2013 Coach Davis’ Girls AAU team won back-to-back AAU National Championships.
  • 2012, 2013,  2015, & 2017 YES! 5th, 6th, 8th & 9th Grade Girls AAU State Champions.
  • In 1995, Dudley founded the YES! Program a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide applied hands on experience in education, athletics & multi-media production to a diverse group of youth. The YES! Program is currently celebrating its 18th year anniversary. Over the years, the YES! Program has served over 10,000 young basketball players- many of whom have gone on and played Division I, II & III.
  • In 2005, Dudley formed The Basketball Academy, which has developed some of the top Division I, II & III college basketball prospects in Maine to institutions like Maryland University, Stanford University, Boston College, Bentley University, and more.
  • In April 2009, Dudley launched Youth News & Entertainment Television (YNETV- – a diverse youth video on-demand service. Today, YNETV is closely approximating 800 members, fast approaching over 150,000 + videos downloaded and gets over 250,000 + hits per month on the site.
  • Dudley was educated in the public schools of New York City. He first attended Simon Baruch middle school and Seward Park High School. Dudley played college basketball at Mount Wachussets Junior College (26 ppg & 6 apg) & finished up at The University of Southern Maine in 1984. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1984 from the University of Southern Maine. From there, Dudley went on to graduate school at the University of New England where he received a Masters degree in Health Psychology.


Coach Paul Seneca: YES! Open High School Grade Girls AAU

  • Born in Portland, Maine
  • Married 11 years with two children aged 15 and 22.
  • has lived in Gorham for 16 years
  • currently employed at Casco Bay Ford in Yarmouth
  • over 27 years experience in the Automotive industry
  • Graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2004
  • Coached in the YES! Summer Basketball League for 3 years
  • Coached for several years in the Gorham youth basketball program
  • Coached AAU teams in-state and out-of-state for 2 years

Although injuries and family commitments kept Paul from pursuing his passion for basketball at both the high school and college levels, he has played in Portland area leagues periodically for the past 23 years. He has spent much of his spare time throughout his life studying as well as teaching the game of basketball, and he truly loves passing on his knowledge to youth athletes everywhere who want to improve their game. Paul currently lives in Gorham with his wife Karen, and his two children Jeremy, and Jaymie.



Coach Ed Silva: YES! 8th Grade Boys AAU
Head Men’s Basketball Coach

5th Season as Head Coach (2015-16)

At UNE since: Spring 2012
Collegiate Head Coach: 14 years (2014-15)
Hometown: Lowell, Mass.
Education: Eastern Connecticut ’97
Connecticut ’02

Silva got the UNE men’s basketball program into the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament for the first time in five years during the 2014-15 campaign, and the Nor’easters proceeded to upset top seed Nichols on a three-pointer at the buzzer. Big Blue gained seven wins overall from the previous season (4 additional CCC wins).

He is currently in the midst of a three-year term serving on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for the Division III Northeast region — it will end after the 2015-16 season.

Silva came to UNE from Elms College [NCAA Division III], after assembling a 206-103 record over 11 seasons at the head of the Blazer bench. Under his direction, Elms won seven consecutive conference championships in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) from 2005-2011, leading to six NCAA Championship appearances during that time.

Inheriting a team that went 2-21 prior to his arrival, Silva had the Blazers in the NCAA Championship four years later. More recently, in 2008-09, he guided Elms to a program-record 26-2 mark and the school’s first national ranking. The Blazers peaked at No. 12 in the national poll that season while leading the country in steals per game and scoring margin. The following season Elms captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship.

Prior to his time at Elms, Silva served as an assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut State University [NCAA Division III] from 1996-2001, helping guide the Warriors to a Little East Conference (LEC) title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2000. He also served as an assistant coach at Hesser College during the 1993-94 season.

A graduate of Eastern Connecticut, Silva earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1997 and went on to attain a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He was an all-conference basketball player while at Eastern Connecticut, and participated in the 1996 New England Senior All-Star Game, as well as being named a Met Life Scholar-Athlete.

Silva, who is a member of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) organization, was also a faculty member on top of his coaching duties at Elms. He and his wife, Cecily, live in Biddeford with their three young children — son Julius and twin daughters Gabriella and Natalia.

Coach Walter Phillips: YES! 5th & 9th Grade Boys AAU

As a player:

  • Played 4 years HS basketball at Cheverus High School, then Deering High School
  • Two-time All State Player
  • 2001 Playoff MVP

As a coach:

  • 2014 & 2015 Won back to back YES! 5th & 6th grade boys Maine AAU State Championships2 years at Maine Academy Bulls
  • 2015 YES! 6th Grade Boys finished at the AAU National Championship in Hampton, VA
  • Joined the YES! Basketball organization in 2013

Coach Steve Carey:
 YES! 6th & 8th Grade Boys AAU

  • Graduate of York High School, Stonehill College, and the University of Maine School of Law
  • YES AAU Basketball Head Coach, 7th Grade team, Fall 2015
  • Greely Junior Varsity Youth Football Head Coach, Fall 2015
  • YES Summer League Head Coach, 6th/7th Grade team and 2nd/3rd Grade Team, Summer 2015
  • YES AAU Basketball Head Coach, 6th Grade, Spring 2015
  • Greely Rec Basketball Head Coach, 3rd/4th Grade Boys, Winter 2014-2015
  • Greely Travel Basketball Assistant Coach, 3rd/4th Grade & 6th Grade Teams, Winter 2014-2015
  • Greely Football Pee Wee Head Coach, Fall 2014
  • Greely Football Youth Varsity Assistant Coach, Fall 2014
  • YES Summer League Basketball Head Coach, 2nd/3rd Grade Boys and 4th/5th Boys Teams, 2014
  • YES AAU Basketball Head Coach, 5th Grade Boys, Spring 2014
  • Greely Travel Basketball Assistant Coach, 5th Grade Boys, Winter 2013-2014
  • YES AAU Basketball Head Coach, 5th Grade Boys, Fall 2013
  • YES League Basketball Head Coach, 3rd/4th Grade Boys, Summer 2013
  • YES AAU Basketball Head Coach, 4th Grade Boys, Spring 2013
  • Greely Rec Basketball Head Coach, 3rd/4th Grade Boys, Winter 2012-2013
  • Cumberland/North Yarmouth Little League Coach, 2009-2013
  • Greely Football Booster Board, Youth Program Representative, 2014-present
  • Cumberland/North Yarmouth Little League Board, Safety Officer, 2014
  • Member of the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Recreation Advisory Board, 2012-2014



Coach Mohamed Abdi: YES! 7th & 8th Grade Boys AAU

  •  Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Portland, Maine.
  • Attended Lincoln Middle School and graduated from Portland High School class of 2010.
  • A student at the University of Southern Maine, class of 2014 (Sports Medicine).
  • Played Basketball at Portland High School under Coach Joe Russo.
  • Involved with YES! for the last 10 years as a Player, Referee, Statistician and a Coach.
  • Coached the YES! 7th Grade Boys team this past fall (2013) with 10 wins and 1 loss record.
  • Coached YES! 5th grade Elite team in the 6/7 grade YES! 2015 Summer league division and went undefeated (10-0), winning the 6/7 grade championship.

Coach Matt Hester: YES! Open High School Boys AAU

  • Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Played NCAA Division III basketball at Hope College in Michigan. Highlights included playing in three NCAA DIII tournaments on nationally ranked teams, leading the team in scoring, and being selected as an all-conference player.
  • Played and coached basketball professionally in Copenhagen Denmark for four years. Highlights included playing in the top men’s league in Denmark, traveling to games throughout Europe, coaching two to three youth teams each year, and being selected as assistant coach of the Danish Women’s National team.
  • Employed as a biochemist and has lived in Falmouth for eight years with wife Louise, and two children, Niklas and Annika.
  • Has coached youth soccer and basketball in Falmouth for seven years, and has been coaching with YES! since last summer.