Staff & Coaches
Our young athletes benefit from training with head and assistant coaches who are experts in their field and bring a great passion for coaching young athletes. Our coaching staff is adept at relating to young athletes, motivating them to give their best effort, and then recognizing those efforts. Our entire staff believes in the importance of providing positive reinforcement and creating a fun environment. Positive results are a natural outcome.
Core sports training and activities are led by our highly experienced head coaches. Each of our head coaches has coached their sport for many years at top high school or collegiate programs.
Many of our assistant coaches are still in the prime of their sporting careers, playing at the collegiate or club level. All have extensive involvement playing competitively and working with children in a structured environment. Our assistant coaches also serve as camp counselors, responsible for campers’ safety and wellbeing and spending time together at meals, cabin times, and during other daily activities outside of the core sports.
All of our coaches are adept at building individual relationships with athletes that help yield the best in their play on the field and their growth in practice.
Our coaches are an integral part of the camp community, here to:
- Create a supportive camp environment
- Help athletes achieve personal goals to advance their game
- Offer guidance on becoming better teammates
- Motivate every athlete to reach their full potential
To ensure campers get the most from our coaches insight and expertise, camp is structured so that:
- Coaches are assigned a dedicated cabin group and stay with them throughout the entire session
- Coaches are assigned to a specific sport based on experience and knowledge
You can read the bios of many of our Counselor/Assistant Coaches and Head Coaches on our blog.
Basketball Head Coach: Colandra “Bri” Davis
Welcome Basketball Head Coach Colandra “Bri” Davis! A former Georgia women’s regional champion as a player and coach and men’s regional champion as a coach, Coach Davis has excelled at every level she’s been at. Bri played Lacrosse and Basketball overseas at Nottingham Trent University while earning a master’s degree in International Relations. Coach Davis currently works at Harlem Middle School in Harlem, Georgia.
Volleyball Head Coach: Emily Horner
We are so excited to welcome back Coach Emily Horner as the lead volleyball coach. Emily was born in Mission Viejo, CA which is around six hours south of Atherton. She started playing volleyball in seventh grade and grew up playing on the beach and indoor.She made the decision to take her collegiate career as an indoor volleyball player at the University of Pittsburgh. Emily used her fifth year of NCAA eligibility to compete for the UC Davis Beach Volleyball team, which is also Division 1 and a member of the BIg West Conference. That season ended after 5 games due to circumstances regarding Covid-19.
Soccer Head Coach: JJ Davidson
JJ Davidson joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for his first summer to share his love and knowledge of soccer. A graduate of Seton Hall, Coach Davison has years of experience coaching both men and women of all ages and levels. Currently, Coach Davidson is the head coach of the Yeshiva University men’s soccer team. Coach had a successful first season with the Yeshiva University men’s soccer program, in 2018. Under his leadership, the Maccabees made history by tying a program-record for most Skyline wins in a season. One of those victories included a come from behind win to earn the Maccabees their first-ever win over the Golden Eagles of St. Joseph’s Long Island, by a score of 3-2.
Baseball Head Coach: Will Chapman
Will Chapman joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for his first summer to help campers love and respect baseball as much as he does. Will played baseball in college and professionally. He received a division 1 baseball scholarship to play at the University of California at Davis, and finished his college career at Gallaudet University (where he was twice named a first-team Jewish All-American.) His playing career has taken him all around the US (three seasons of Independent Minor League baseball) as well as to Australia, Japan, and several countries in Europe. Will has coached baseball at all levels from Little League to college. Will played for Team Los Angeles at the 2002, 2003, and 2004 JCC Maccabi Games and won the team MVP award in 2003.
Tennis Head Coach: Jason Sinkoff
Jason Sinkoff is currently the head men’s tennis coach at Wagner College, a Division 1 school in Staten Island, NY. Before beginning his head coach role at Wagner, he served for three years as the Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach at San Diego Mesa College where he also worked as the Director of Operations for the Women’s Basketball Team and as an Assistant Coach with the Women’s Tennis Team.
If you’re interested in more information about joining our staff team, view the Work at Camp section of our website.