Meet the Trainers & Coaches
Coach Kristina Blais is the Head Coach and one of the Head Trainers at MBC.
She is a graduate of Central Maine Community College and University of Southern Maine’s Business programs. During her two years at CMCC as captain of the women’s basketball team, Kristina led the Mustangs to a 63-3 overall record, and a perfect 36-0 record in the Yankee Conference. Her teams won two regular season conference championships, two conference tournament championships, and twice competed in the USCAA National Tournament. During her time, she was named All conference, All American, and Academic All American.
Blais is also the owner/operator of Blais Hoops Academy.
Tyc Snow is our newest additon to MBC and our lead Head Trainer.
During his basketball career, Tyc played D-1 Basketball for Mississippi Valley State. As a Delta Devil, he averaged over 25 minutes per game, which only speaks to his determination and work ethic as a basketball player. Tyc played professionally for the Erie Bay Hawks and the Maine Celtics in the G-League and played for the Lake Michigan Admirals in the Premier Basketball League.
His journey to the pros included playing at the JUCO level and was able to play basketball at one of the highest levels, which with his presence will bring Maine Basketball to brand new heights. A great offensive/defensive mind that will make every player he trains versatile and prolong their journey through the different levels of the game.
Coach Mel was one of newest coaches this spring and he took on coaching like the natural leader and role model he is. A lifetime football player from Maryland, he attended the University of Maine where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and refereed basketball for 4 years and fell in love with the sport of basketball. He is now the Director of Operations for MBC and is excited to take MBC to new levels with his strong business acumen along with all the great trainers and coaches we have here at MBC.
During her basketball career, Natalie was a force to be wreckin with. At Wells High School, she was a four year varsity player, she was awarded the WMC Robert E. Butler Award, and was selected as a McDonald’s All Star her senior year.
From there, she continued her education and basketball career at Central Maine Community College. She helped lead her team to win a National Championship in 2019, earning YSCC 2nd team (2x), and USCAA All American Honorable Mention.
Thurber is an incredible role model for young female athletes. She is a fierce competitor, knows what it takes to play at a high level, and is excited to insert that fire into coaching.
After graduating with a Human Services degree, she dived right into her career as a Behavioral Health Professional.
Howell has left his mark on the Lewiston Community. He graduated as an honors student and a three sport varsity athlete. He continued his academic and athletic career at the University of New England, playing both basketball and football. On top of his success in athletics, he completely embodied what it meant to be a student athlete. He graduated in the top 5% of his class, making his way onto the Dean’s list.
Howell is a kind, hard-working individual. He is a certified EMT and a Medical Scribe with the Maine Health Care System. He feels blessed to be coaching, and it is important to him that he gives his athletes what he needed growing up.
Coach Blais was born and raised in Lewiston where he graduated from Lewiston High School in 2007. While at LHS he played football, basketball, and baseball.
Nick has coached youth sports year round in the area for the last decade, including football, basketball, and baseball and believes consistently pairing fundamentals with hard work creates the best athletes.
He really enjoys seeing the growth in his players throughout each season. He also created and is still president of Lewiston Area Youth Football.
Nick is a firefighter/EMT for the city of Lewiston and a real estate associate broker for the Fontaine Team. He lives in Lewiston with his wife Gabrielle and three children: Braiden, Elliot, and Madeline.
Derek Galway, originally from Auburn Maine, is a graduate of Edward Little High School. While at EL he was a varsity basketball player for 3 seasons and a captain his senior year. Derek also played football and competed in track and field.
Derek earned a Bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine. Derek is currently employed as the assistant principal at Leavitt Area High School in Turner.
Derek has been coaching youth basketball, baseball and softball for the past 10 years through various local youth organizations.
Nielsen is currently an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Basketball and Softball teams at Central Maine Community College. Her first year as an assistant coach at CMCC the Women’s Basketball team won the National Championship. This will be Nielsen’s third season with Central Maine. She is known for her enthusiasm and leadership as an assistant coach for the Lady Mustangs.
Nielsen is a graduate of Yarmouth HS, where she was an honors student and a varsity player. Nielsen decided to continue her education at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). She was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in 2014-2015 for having a GPA above 3.5. While succeeding in the classroom, Abigail also received the prestigious “Carroll Rines Sport’s Person of the Year Award” in 2016 for both her basketball and softball achievements. Nielsen was known as a defensive specialist and for going 110% every day. Nielsen graduated from SMCC in May of 2016 and received her Associates Degree in Liberal Studies.
Abigail continued her education at Thomas College where she played softball and basketball for the Terriers. Her softball team won the conference championship her junior year. She was also named to the Presidents List at Thomas College in the summer of 2018-2019. She graduated from Thomas College in August of 2018 where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management.
Currently, Abigail is continuing her education as she is working on graduating this coming Spring with her Master’s Degree in Business Administration while minoring in Sport Management.
Nielsen feels extremely fortunate to have the ability to coach a sport that she loves and has dedicated most of her young life to. Her passion for sports is infectious and she hopes to serve as a positive role model for all the players she has the privilege to work with.
Coach Morong coaches our high school girls teams. He is also the head women’s basketball coach at Central Maine Community College.
Through nine seasons at CM, Andrew Morong has led the Lady Mustangs to an overall record of 234-44 and a Yankee Conference record of 120-13. During his tenure, CM has seen 18 All-Americans, 13 Academic All-Americans, 19 All-Conference selections, 2 Conference Player of the Year selections, 7 Yankee Conference Tournament MVP’s, and most impressively, 30 Academic All-Conference selections.
Morong is a 2004 graduate of Morse High School. After high school Morong attended St. John’s University in New York City where he studied Sports Management before transferring back home to the University of Maine. Morong started coaching career at Morse High School as a varsity assistant coach during the 2005-2006 school year, and was named the Associate Head Coach for the 2007-08 season. Morong spent three years as a girls varsity assistant at Morse before being named the Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Poland Regional High School where he held that title from 2008-2011.
In 2008 Coach Morong graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Business. In August of 2013, Morong earned his Masters Degree in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife, Ambyr, live in Lewiston with their son, Camden.