2 new basketball training facilities arrive in eastern Maine
Two new basketball training facilities in eastern Maine will open this fall.
Matt MacKenzie and Mark Baxter, Founders and Co-Owners of Results Basketball, are expanding the basketball program to two new facilities in Veazie and Ellsworth. The target date for the opening of both facilities is the first week of October.
The expansion of Results Basketball, which offers basketball clinics and small-group and private lessons, comes as the 10-year program has outgrown its previous spaces in Bangor and Ellsworth. The program trains young people who come from as far away as Presque Isle and the Waterville-Augusta area, MacKenzie said.
“We’re trying to help advance Maine basketball. It has been necessary for a long time, ”said Baxter.
MacKenzie and Shawn Demaray have purchased a 28,000 square foot warehouse in Veazie and will transform it into a multi-purpose facility focused primarily on basketball.
Baxter is having its 9,000 square foot facility built at Commerce Park in Ellsworth.
Each cost around $ 750,000.
MacKenzie and Baxter still travel to do clinics and private lessons, but these larger facilities will allow them to train many more young basketball players as well as people of all ages.
MacKenzie’s facility, to be called the Eastern Maine Sports Academy, will feature two full-size basketball courts, a training half court, a 2,500 square foot weight room, turf area 4,500 square foot artificial for the development of football and soccer skills, a health and wellness wing with offices for physical therapy, massage therapy, infrared saunas and nutritional drinks, and a place for relaxation. Shoot-A-Way rental. A Shoot-A-Way is a machine that bounces and passes to a player, allowing the player to take around 500 shots in 45 minutes.
“It will create a lot of opportunity,” MacKenzie said. “We will be able to organize training and full team matches as well as tournaments. “
He said they will also have men’s and women’s leagues, youth leagues and that he will be available for after-school programs.
Baxter’s facility will be called the Forge Training Center and will feature a full-size regulation basketball court with four additional baskets to the side. There will also be a 2,300 square foot strength and agility training center and a 3,500 square foot second floor, which can be leased or provide space for future expansion.
Demaray, a former University of Maine football player who went on to become a football assistant at UMaine, Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University in Bangor, is the founder of Queen City Athletics and will be in charge of performance and strength training at the Sports Academy of Eastern Maine.
Baxter said Bangor-based UBE Physical Therapy and Performance will lease space at their new facility. He also envisions a myriad of different uses for his installation.
MacKenzie and Baxter said their Results Basketball business has performed very well and continues to add clients.
They have both been involved in basketball throughout their lives and have said they really enjoy watching their students develop and play for their high school and college teams, especially during tournament season.
MacKenzie is originally from Warren and played at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro before becoming an All Conference player at Husson University.
Baxter is a native of Holden and played on the John Bapst Memorial High School Class B State Championship team in 1993. He then played at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and coached at Central Aroostook High School in Mars Hill and Fort Kent High School.
MacKenzie and Baxter were assistant coaches at Husson University.
MacKenzie assisted his aunt Kissy Walker with the women’s program and Baxter worked under the guidance of men’s coach Warren Caruso.
MacKenzie and Walker lead and coach an 11-team AAU women’s basketball program called Maine REACT which is three years old.