Welcome Back, Volleyball Head Coach Emily Horner!
We’re thrilled to announce Coach Emily’s return for her 2nd season as the leader of our volleyball program, the fastest growing core sport in our community.
California Volleyball Native
Emily was born in Mission Viejo, CA which is about six hours south of camp. 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 is currently continuing her career playing beach volleyball at UC Davis while she pursues a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.
Club, High School & College Volleyball
Emily graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Volleyball Team. Her junior and senior year, the team captured ACC Championship as well as qualifying for the NCAA tournament, making it to the second round both years. The team ranked top 10 in Division 1 volleyball for 3 weeks for the first time in program history. Prior to college, she competed at varsity for her high school for three years and set records in both hitting and service aces in a single year. She also played travel for T-street Volleyball club, where she helped her team win 18 Open at Nationals, proving to be the top team in the nation.
Volleyball Coaching Experience
Emily began her coaching career directly after graduating high school where she assisted in coaching the high school team at her Alma Mater that summer. After that, the summer of her college years were spent coaching at the Dan Fisher (University of Pittsburgh) Volleyball camps with potential recruits for the University of Pittsburgh as well as players from ages 8-17. She continues coaching currently by giving private lessons to those learning and continue to grow in their volleyball skill. Although she wants to pursue education, she knows that coaching will be present in her future one way or another!
Multi-Sport & Multi-dimensional
Off the court, Emily loves being active by running, hiking, or just involving herself in other sports (despite her skill level). She also loves listening to music and attending concerts. When she’s not hanging out with friends, she usually is supporting her local sports teams (whether it to be high-school, college, or the fan base of the area).
This Summer at Camp
Emily is looking forward to teaching volleyball basics & advanced skills. She’s also looking forward to seeing players grow on and off the court. Her main focus points as a coach are that her players give full effort, value communication, and most importantly bring energy to the court. If her players follow these with their best foot forward, they will prove to be successful and grow in the sport. She also loves that volleyball is a team sport and looks forward to the group of girls becoming cohesive and learning the importance of playing cooperatively with each other as well as playing for each other.
Welcome Soccer Head Coach Stu Katz!
College & ODP Soccer Coaching
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.
High School Soccer Coaching
Prior to UNCG, Coach Stu led the Northern Guilford men’s program to its best season in school history while breaking every team defending record in the process. The Nighthawks led the entire state of North Carolina in least amount of goals allowed in the year (13). For his work, he was honored as conference and region coach of the year as well as a finalist for North Carolina Coach of the Year. As a high school coach in both Florida and North Carolina, Coach Stu has won over 300 games. The majority of his High School career was spent coaching the boys and then the girls at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fl.
Coaching Maccabi & Maccabiah Games
He also served as the US Maccabiah Men’s Masters Coach at the Pan Am Games in Bueno Aires, Argentina. Coach Stu Played in the Maccabiah Games in Israel helping his team earn a Silver Medal. In addition, Coach Stu has coached both girls and boys in seven JCC Maccabi Games around the country earning two Golds, three Silvers, and a Bronze.
Competitive Youth Soccer Administration
Coach Stu served as a Coach, Trainer, and Administrator for Team Boca for 17 years. Over the years Katz has worked with countless college student-athletes, current and former professional players and players that have represented their countries in the Olympics and World Cup. He has mentored numerous former players who have gone on to coach at the club, high school and college levels.
Off the Pitch (Soccer Field)
He is a Social Studies teacher at Northern Guilford High School and lives in Greensboro with his wife, two children, a third is in Medical School in Israel, and two dogs.
This Summer at Camp
Stu is excited about his first summer at JMSC. He is looking forward to meeting all of the campers and enjoying the California sunshine.
Welcome Back, Head Baseball Coach Nate!
Baseball players and our whole camp community is thrilled to welcome Nate Wymer back for his 2nd summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp!
Coach Nate 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.
Off the Diamond
When he’s not busy coaching and doing schoolwork, Nate enjoys playing video games, reading, listening to music and podcasts, and weight lifting.
Coach Nate is excited to return to JMSC, a place he was proud to call home in 2019. While at camp, he looks forward to spreading the joy and life lessons taught through sports.
“Baseball and my family taught me so much on how to be a good person that I wanted to pursue a career of coaching and passing those lessons down to generations after me.” – Coach Nate
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.
Sports Training Technology and Camps
I also currently own and operate Sports Innovated Technology, which is a company that focuses on training athletes through the use of cutting edge technology. I am responsible for training all of our basketball athletes ranging in ages from 5-25 in Denver, San Diego, and Las Vegas. I also direct all SIT Basketball Camps.
I enjoy attending any Professional Sporting Event (especially basketball). I’m looking forward to being surrounded by great campers who are eager to learn and play their best hoops with me. See you soon!
Strength In Character
During the Passover season, we retell the story of our ancestors’ fight to escape from bondage. As the story goes, Moses was minding his own business, tending to his sheep, when he heard his name echoing through the hillside. The voice, it appeared, was coming from a bush that was engulfed in flame without being consumed. This was his call to leadership. Of course, we don’t all get called to our roles as leaders in such grandiose ways.
Moses was asked to stand up in front of the (metaphorical) room and be the voice of his community. This is a very important form of leadership, though certainly not the only form. Each of us is called to leadership in different ways, and being a leader looks different for each of us. Not everyone leads from the front of the room or the top of the leaderboard. Some of us lead from the middle of the group, some from the side, and others step up by stepping back.
In sports, as in life, the greatest leaders are not always the ones with the most media attention or with the most friends on Insta. A recent article about Clippers guard Lou Williams talks about his indispensable role within his team, as a player who has come off the bench for most of his career. He shared that he understood that he was not meant to be the top-scoring player, always in the limelight. His strength was his ability to step into any position on the court and be a rock for his team. He showed true leadership and strength of character by helping his team, the fans, and the world see the importance of knowing yourself and your value. By stepping back from the limelight, he was able to step up into his true role as a leader.*
Leadership may look different to each one of you. But one thing is clear: each of you has the capacity to lead, and each of you is Strong in Character!
* Lou Williams has twice won the 6th Man of the Year Award and is now the all-time leader in bench scoring.
Do you know someone who has displayed Strength in Character in your community? Nominate them now!