• Founder
    David Maravilla

    Bosco Institute was established in June of 2013 by Dave Maravilla, formerly the CEO of International Sport Management for twenty-three years. Within our first year as a program we produced several collegiate athletes and established a culture of player development, college academic achievement and community service. Along the way we defeated nationally ranked #1 Fishbourne Academy of Virginia, and proved very early on that we would compete with anyone. During our first five years we have produced 39 scholarship athletes, 30 at the NCAA Division One level. Only one of those student athletes arrived at Bosco Institute with an NCAA Division One offer. Our success in developing under the radar athletes that needed an additional season of growth, maturity and development has given us an identity as a program which produces college athletes. As the success of our program continues to grow our culture shall remain the same. We recruit student athletes that are NCAA academic qualifiers, that have a passion for the game and have the work ethic to succeed in the classroom and on the court.

  • Head Coach
    Niko Panousis

    Niko Panousis joined Bosco Institute men's basketball staff in 2016-17 and is in his third year with Bosco. He was Director of player development as well as director of opponent scouting his first two seasons at Bosco prior to his promotion to Head Coach in July of 2018. A former men's basketball player at Indiana University Northwest, Panousis served as a high school assistant at Crown Point and Bowman Academy prior to stint at Bosco Institute.In 2014-2105 Panousis served as an assistant at Crown Point High School under Clint Swan. His duties at Crown Point included player development. During his time at Crown Point they were crowned Sectional Champions in the 2014-15 season. Panousis joined Bowman Academy as a Varsity Assistant (2015-16) after working at Crown Point. His duties at Bowman included, player development, development of practice plans, film evaluations and scouting reports. Panousis, a native of Highland, Indiana, earned a scholarship as a four-year player at Indiana University Northwest. He completed his bachelor's degree B.S Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics in 2011. Panousis attended Highland High School, where he played basketball and golf. He won several awards in his basketball-playing career, being named an All Conference player of the Lake Athletic Conference in 2007, and being named the Lake Athletic Conference season champions in 2006.

  • Coach
    Anthony “Bo” Patton

    Anthony “Bo” Patton comes to Don Bosco after the spending the last five seasons as an assistant coach on the Merrillville High School Boys Basketball Staff. While at Merrillville the Boys Basketball team compiled a record of 61-18 for the 2015-2018 season which includes capturing a sectional, regional and semi-state runner up title. The 2015-16 team earned a historic regular season record of 21-1. At Merrillville Bo was responsible for player development, film evaluation and scouting. The last two summers Bo has been the head coach of “The Region”. The Region has competed in the ESPN $2 million dollar tournament and Nike Chi-League the last three seasons. Bo is also an active coach on the AAU Circuit, most previously with the local based Indiana Game AAU team. Patton also operates his own skills training service, ESGN Hoops, and has worked with and held camps for local players ranging from youth to the NBA. Patton, a native of Merrillville, Indiana earned a scholarship as a four-year player at Robert Morris University-IL (Springfield). At Robert Morris, Bo was a 4 year starter and Academic All-American. He completed his bachelor degree B.A. Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Patton attended Merrillville High School where he played basketball earning several awards including all-area, all conference and team leadership awards.

  • Director of International Scouting
    Mario Kraljević

    Former Slovenian National Team Director and longtime Center Mario Kraljević has been named Director of International Scouting for Bosco Institute! Kraljević was a member of the Slovenian national basketball team since 1992. He competed at Eurobasket 1993, Eurobasket 1995, Eurobasket 1999, Eurobasket 2001 and Eurobasket 2003. He represented Slovenia officially a in 73 games. He also represented Yugoslavia in the 1987 and 1988 European Junior Championships. His pro career spanned 15 years beginning in 1989 -2004 playing in Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Russia,Poland and Czech Republic.

  • Strength Trainer
    Frank Eksten

    A leading expert with over 25 years experience in the field of Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Development, Frank Eksten is the Director of the Sports Medicine Institute Sports Performance program. Frank's extensive background in developing athletes at all levels helped provide the vision to offer sports medicine care alongside athletic development and performance training - all in one first-class facility. Frank began his coaching career at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN while completing his Masters Degree in Applied Sports Science and post-graduate doctoral work in Kinesiology. As Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, he directed and coordinated the training of Olympic Sports for 12 years at Indiana University. During that time he authored numerous articles and publications including co-authoring the book and video "Preparing for Basketball the Bob Knight Way." He has served as a visiting speaker and consultant around the world for professional teams, National Olympic Committees, and numerous colleges, universities, and sport institutes. He has served extensively with the U.S. Olympic Committee as director of the Community Olympic Development Program in Northwest Indiana and as Team Leader for weightlifting at the 2003 and 2007 Pan Am Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

  • Strength Trainer
    Kevin Devine

    After graduating from Crown Point High School in 2004, Kevin went to Indiana University and majored in Exercise Science in 2008. While at Indiana University he rode in the Little 500 for 3 years. He also received his Master's Degree at Indiana University in Applied Sports Science in 2009. Kevin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is certified through USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach. Kevin also currently works as the strength and conditioning coach for Valparaiso University Women's Basketball and assists with the Women's Soccer teams. Kevin recently returned from China with the women's basketball team where he was able to present and learn weightlifting and training principles from Zhejiang College of Sports. Kevin has competed in many different races. His top achievements have been excelling in the half-ironman and Chicago marathon. He would one day like to compete in the full ironman.