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: Zach Davis
Welcome Basketball Head Coach Zach Davis! I attended Iowa State university where I majored in Kinesiology and Coaching. My experience includes being a youth basketball coach on and off for the last ten years, being the Head Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at the Denver Academy of Torah, and working numerous NCAA Division 1, High School, and Youth Basketball Camps all over the country.
Volleyball Head Coach: Emily Horner
Emily Horner joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for her first summer 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. She will be using her last year of eligibility this coming fall to compete in beach volleyball at UC Davis, where she will also pursue her Masters in Secondary Education.
Soccer Head Coach: Stu Katz
Stu Katz joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for his first summer to share his love and knowledge of soccer. A graduate of Florida State, Coach Stu has over 35 years of experience coaching both men and women of all ages and levels. Currently Coach Stu is on the staff of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Coach Stu helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back SoCon Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances. In addition to his role at UNCG, Coach Stu currently serves as a staff coach for the North Carolina Olympic Developmental Program.
Baseball Head Coach: Nate Wymer
Coach Nate Wymer hails from Papillion, Nebraska. Currently a Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach for Midland University, he is also working on a Master of Science in Adult and Organizational Learning. After graduating from Upper Iowa University with a double major of Business Administration and Marketing, he moved to the Bay Area. There he joined SF Giants Camps as a division leader and site director from 2014-2017. Nate has also coached at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska and University of Minnesota Duluth.
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.