The varsity team competes in the ISL and at the Class A level of NEPSAC basketball. This highly competitive league is full of future college players who are serious about the game. On the court, varsity boys’ basketball players focus on fine tuning their skills and working as a team. They are constantly pushing themselves to be their best, and most importantly, making those around them better and more productive. Tabor’s basketball players often play in college after graduating from Tabor.
The overall goal of the program is to ensure that each player is improving and reaching his maximum potential, whatever that may be.
To find out more information about the program, please contact Coach Chris Millette.
Chris Millette became Tabor’s boys basketball coach during the 2009-2010 season. Since taking the reins, Tabor basketball team has risen to one of the elite prep school programs in New England, making the prestigious Class A tournament four straight years. (1 of only 2 teams to do so.) In his first three years, win totals increased from 5 to 12 to 16. This past season produced 18 wins, the Class A Player of the Year (2nd in 3 years) and a trip to the league semi-finals. Millette has recruited and coached players who have gone from Tabor to play at the DI, DII and DIII levels, including in the ACC, the Atlantic-10 and the Ivy-League. Before coming to Tabor, Millette spent 10 years coaching college basketball, serving as the head coach at Endicott College (’05-09), as well as an assistant at Brandeis University (’03-05), Tufts University (’01-’03), and University of California, San Diego (’99-’01) where he recruited classes that eventually advanced to Sweet 16 and Elite 8 NCAA tournament runs. Besides coaching basketball, Millette is the Senior Class Dean and Director of Student Activities. He and his family reside in Heath House.
Nate Meleo '95 came to Tabor 2011. In addition to coaching, he is chair of the mathematics department and teaches several honors and AP level courses. Prior to his time at Tabor, he coached basketball for 10 years, in addition to coaching cross-country at the varsity level. While attending Tabor, Coach Meleo played football, basketball, baseball, cross-country and track & field, earning the 1950 Trophy for outstanding leadership and achievement in basketball, and also the Gowing Award, given to the most outstanding member of the track & field team. Coach Meleo believes in realizing athletic potential through hard work, discipline, focus, love of sport and commitment to team.
Coach Yeomans is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Tabor Academy. His primary responsibility is player development as well as focusing on the defensive system. A great teacher of the game, Yeomans has tremendous basketball ties to the youth on the Southcoast. He has coached Championship AAU teams, Travel and Recreation teams all within the Tri-town area. During Yeomans playing days he was an all area standout while in high school and played college basketball for perennial powerhouse University of Connecticut. He was part of a team that lost to UCLA, the eventual national champion in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament. While with the Huskies, Yeomans played for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun and was teammates with NBA players; Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie and Donny Marshall. His many years of basketball experience, both playing and coaching will prove invaluable in helping Tabor Basketball players be more prepared for the next level.
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