Monthly Archives:January 2015

Staff Spotlight: Rich Galewski

Posted by January 30, 2015 • Share:

Originally posted in April 2014, this blog has been updated for 2016.

Coach Rich Galewski hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently serves as the Physical Education teacher and Athletic Coordinator at the Academy of Math and Science in Phoenix, Arizona.

Before moving to Phoenix, Rich was the Assistant Baseball Coach at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. At Platteville Rich worked with hitters and outfielders and was in charge of the strength and conditioning aspect of the program. While coaching at Platteville, Rich also earned a Masters Degree in education.

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Rich is looking forward to returning to camp for his third summer to see all of his players and meet the new baseball campers. Working at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp during the Summer of 2014 inspired Rich to continue working with kids and he went on to teach 2nd and 3rd grades at a local elementary school and also coach an 8th grade girls basketball team.

Before coaching at the collegiate level, Rich coached at the high school level for 5 years; during his tenure at Greendale High School the team won 2 conference titles, a state championship berth, and two players earned individual Division 1 scholarships (SEC, Big Ten).

Prior to coaching, Rich played professional baseball in the Chinese Baseball League for the Shanghai Golden Eagles. He also taught English to students in K-6th grade while living in China. He also played 4 years of high school baseball earning All-Conference honors in 2003 and honorable mention in 2004. After high school, Rich played NAIA Division 1 baseball in the CCIC where he set 2 school records in OBP and slugging % and was a pre-season All-American in 2008.

Rich is an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and has attended and spoken at many state conventions. He has been attending and running camps since 2000. Baseball is in his blood, his father John has coached at the high school level for 28 years and was recently inducted into the coach’s hall of fame. Rich plans on being a head college baseball coach in the near future and reminds all the kids that he coaches to remember that this game is designed around failure, that you can fail 70% of the time and still be considered great! It molds you as a person and helps establish strong mental toughness greater than any other game on this planet.

Staff Spotlight: Arsenio Avant

Posted by January 30, 2015 • Share:

Originally posted in May 2014, this post has been updated for 2016. 

Coach Arsenio Avant is excited about returning to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for his third summer as our Head Basketball Coach. He hails from Florida and brings experience, passion and the tools of the game to give all campers an experience they will never forget.

Avant1After graduating from Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL in 2007, Arsenio went on to receive a full scholarship to play basketball at Nova Southeastern University. After a change of heart in his career choice, Arsenio transferred to Elms College in Chicopee, MA to continue playing basketball and pursue a degree in what is now his greatest passion, education. He has taught for the past four years (2 years in Massachusetts, 2 years in Florida). Along with teaching, he coaches Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball at the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Cooper City, FL. One of the best things about working here, he says, is the growing knowledge and respect for the Jewish religion.

As a coach, Arsenio does his best to instill the discipline and values needed to be successful in not just basketball but life. Among these values, fun and hard work sit atop his list, as he believes they go hand-in-hand and can bring out anyone’s potential when combined. Working with pre-teen and teenagers has been one of his greatest rewards as a coach due to his enjoyment of having the opportunity to play a part, big or small, in building a positive foundation for young children.

When it comes to camp experience Arsenio has been fortunate enough to attend as a player and work at many prestigious camps in the past: 5-Star Basketball Camp (New England), Dwayne Wade Basketball Camp, American Heritage Basketball Camp, and Lightning Basketball Camp, just to name a few. Here at these camps he has learned a lot as a former player and current coach, from various individual developmental skills to team drills used at the collegiate and professional level. With this kind of experience, Avant hopes to make each and everyday a successful one for your child.