President/General Manager
Head Coach
Assistant Coach
Athletic Trainer
Basketball Operations Manager

Jon Jennings, President and General Manager

Jon Jennings is a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and the President and General Manager of the Maine Red Claws. In 2010, he received the inaugural NBA Development League Executive of the Year Award in recognition of bringing the Red Claws to Maine and the franchiseís success. He is also a managing partner of the Thompsonís Point Development Company, a development group in the process of building a multi-use complex in Portland, Maine. The Forefront at Thompsonís Point is expected to be the future home of the Red Claws.

Prior the Red Claws, Jennings worked in the United States Senate and held several senior positions in government in Washington, DC. Jennings worked at the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs from April 1999 to June 2000. Prior to his position at the Justice Department, Jennings served as Senior Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary and Director of Policy Coordination at the White House from 1998-1999, and held a position as a White House Fellow in the Office of Cabinet Affairs from 1997-1998.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Jennings was an assistant coach and scouting coordinator for the Boston Celtics, coaching the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and Reggie Lewis. He worked for the team in several different capacities for over a decade including as scout/video coordinator for the 1986 World Champion Celtics. He also served as an assistant coach in the 1991 NBA All Star Game in Charlotte, NC.

Jennings began his basketball career as a student assistant to Indiana University coach, Bob Knight and began his NBA career as a scout and video coordinator for the Indiana Pacers. Jennings attended Indiana University (Bloomington) and Harvard University receiving his masterís in public administration. In 2001, he was named the Joseph Martin, Jr. Scholar at Stonehill College in Easton, MA where he taught courses on the American Presidency.

Jennings currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Mercy Hospital, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, the Portland Business Advisory Council for the City of Portland and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife Amy have one daughter, Abigail.


Dave Leitao, Head Coach

Dave Leitao, 51, was named the second head coach in Red Claws history on July 21, 2011. He brings a wealth of college experience to Maine, with a coaching career that has spanned 25 years at top college programs. The Massachusetts native is the former head coach of the University of Virginia where he was named the 2006-07 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press as well as the 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches District 5 Coach of the Year. Previously, he was head coach at Northeastern University and DePaul University and served lengthy stints as an assistant coach at Northeastern and the University of Connecticut. As the assistant coach at UConn, Leitao served under Hall-of-Fame head coach Jim Calhoun for whom he had also played at Northeastern University.

A two-year captain at Northeastern from 1978-1982, the 6'7" forward helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Tournament in his final two years. At Calhounís behest, Leitao entered the coaching ranks as Northeasternís assistant coach in 1984, following Calhoun to UConn in 1986. He took the reins of his own team in 1994, returning to his alma mater as head coach from 1994-96. Leitao returned to UConn as associate head coach in 1996, remaining for six years, including the Huskies National Championship season of 1999, before being named the head coach at DePaul in 2002. He oversaw the Blue Demonsí transition from Conference USA to the Big East basketball conference, leading DePaul to two trips to the NIT and one to the NCAA Tournament before joining the University of Virginia as head coach in 2005. Most recently, Leitao worked as a consultant for the Next Level Talent Management Agency, a sports and entertainment management firm in Virginia Beach, VA.

Leitao and his wife Joyce have three sons, David III, Reese and Tyson.


Donyell Marshall, Assistant Coach

Donyell Marshall, 38, joins the Red Claws as assistant coach following a stint as the assistant coach for George Washington University. Prior to GW, Marshall was a pre-game and post-game analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast SportsNet. He retired from a 15-year career in the NBA in the summer of 2009.

Marshall, the fourth pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, played for eight teams during his tenure in the NBA: Minnesota, Golden State, Utah, Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and, most recently, Philadelphia.

A native of Reading, PA, Marshall played three seasons for the University of Connecticut is a member of the UConn Basketball All-Century Team. Marshall held the school's single-game records for points (855), field goals made (307) and free throws made (200) until they were broken this past season by Kemba Walker. While at UConn, Marshall was a 1994 consensus All-America First Team selection and the Big East Conference Player of the Year for 1993-94. As a testament to his commitment to the betterment of student-athletes, Marshall made a $100,000 contribution to his alma mater in 1996. Marshall's generous donation, to be applied toward a men's basketball scholarship, was matched by UConn which now bestows the annual Donyell Marshall scholarship.

Marshall is married to Leea and has two daughters, Taylor and Devynn, and four sons, Terrance, Marquis, Paryss and Donyell, Jr.


Pete Dewar, Athletic Trainer

Pete Dewar, MA, ATC joined the Red Claws as the teamís athletic trainer in 2011. Dewar, 26, joins the Red Claws from the University of Arizona where he was the athletic trainer for the womenís basketball team as well as the football and track and field teams and earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and Teacher Education. He has also spent time working with the NFLís Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins as a Summer Camp Athletic Training Intern. Prior to Arizona, Dewar received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Health & Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, working predominantly with Purdueís basketball, football and softball programs. †

After receiving his masterís degree from Arizona, Dewar furthered his studies in Guangzhou, China where he was served an intern position as an athletic trainer for the Institute for Western Surgery for several months before joining the Red Claws. Through that position, he served as Outreach ATC for American International School of Guangzhou, worked at the EurAm International Medical Center and Guangdong Provincial Hospital, and provided athletic training coverage for various sporting leagues and competitions throughout the Guangdong Province. †

A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Dewar currently serves on the communication committee of the World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy and is also the newsletter editor. He has been a member of the NATA since 2005 and became certified in 2008.


Cam Twiss, Manager, Basketball Operations

Cam Twiss joined the basketball operations staff in 2010 after being in the front office for the 2009-10 season as the Operations Manager. A four-year letterman on the Endicott College basketball team, he worked with the NBA Communications Department during the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals as well as with the NBA Media Relations Department during the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League.

Twiss spent three years as a ball boy/locker room attendant for the Boston Celtics. He has coached New England Basketball School Camps and Clinics for four years in the summers and served as assistant coach for the Landmark High School JV Boys basketball team during the 2008-2009 season.