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 JJ Davidson!
J.J. Davidson was promoted to the head coach of the Yeshiva University men’s soccer team in July of 2018. He spent the previous season as the assistant coach of the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
Davidson 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.
Out of all the head coaches in program history, Davidson has the highest Skyline Conference winning percentage. Davidson’s teams are not only successful on the field, but excel in the classroom too. In the fall of 2019, six student-athletes finished the semester with a 4.0 grade point average and the team earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the fourth time in program history.
Under Davidson’s tutorage, freshman forward Jonah Beberman was named the Skyline Rookie of the Year, as well as a member of the All-Skyline first team. Senior midfielder Dan Cohen earned a spot on the Skyline All-Conference second team. Beberman and Cohen were named Jewish Sports Review All-Americans, while Alberto Benhamu was acknowledged as an honorable mention.
Davidson also serves as a youth soccer coach for the New York Red Bulls, where he coaches in the organization’s youth training programs.
Thanks to his strong soccer background, Davidson was selected to serve as the head coach of the Maccabi USA Open Men’s Soccer Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games, which took place in the summer of 2019. That same year, he completed his USSF “C” License.
Davidson was the head coach of the USA Under-16 junior boys team in the 2018 International Maccabi Youth Soccer Games.
Prior to joining Yeshiva, Davidson coached at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and was proud to lead his program to its first championship in school history.
Davidson earned his Master of Arts in Psychological Studies with a concentration in Sports and Exercise Psychology, from Seton Hall University in 2020.
Welcome Head Baseball 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. His playing career has taken him all around the US as well as to Australia, Japan, and several countries in Europe. Will has coached baseball at all levels from Little League to college.
Baseball Playing Career
Will received a Division 1 baseball scholarship to play at the University of California at Davis. Will played his final two college seasons at Gallaudet University. While at Gallaudet, he was twice named a first team Jewish All-American as an outfielder by the Jewish Sports News. He was named to the All-Conference Team both seasons as well. As a junior he batted .397 and pitched a complete game win in the playoffs. In his senior year he was also named to the All-South Region Team after batting .414. This time he pitched 8 1/3 innings for a playoff victory. He was ranked nationally in RBI, Toughest to Strike out, Doubles, and Batting Average.
After college, Will played three seasons of Independent Minor League ball in the Pecos League and the United League. He was then signed to play professionally in Australia for the Redland Rays, where he batted over .300 again. After two seasons in Australia, he was signed to play in Europe. He was twice named to an International All-Star team composed of the top US import players from all over Europe. Will did not play the 2020 season due to the pandemic.
Will has coached baseball at all levels from T-ball through high school and college. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Queens College in New York and at Cal State University San Bernardino. He was the hitting coach for the Onondaga Flames in the New York Summer Collegiate Wood Bat League where the team led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. The Flames were made up of Division I, II, and III players and won the league championship.
JCC Maccabi Games
Will played baseball for Team Los Angeles in 2002 (Baltimore), 2003 (Houston), and 2004 (Boston). Each of those teams won the gold medal and Will won the team MVP award in 2003.
Will graduated with a degree in history from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2013. He received his master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. in 2017 (Will played minor league ball in the spring and summer and attended school in the fall and winter).
This Summer at Camp
Will is excited to coach at the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp this summer. He looks forward to meeting the campers and passing on his baseball knowledge in a fun yet challenging atmosphere.
Welcome Basketball Head Coach Colandra “Bri” Davis!
Coach Colandra “Bri” Davis joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp family for her first summer as Head Basketball Coach!
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Coach Bri attended Hephzibah High School under the guidance of Coach Wendell Loften and finished her high school career with an impressive 72-15 record in three years. During her senior season, Coach Bri helped lead their team to a region championship, state playoff run, as well as a 26-4 record. Following the season, she was selected for the Georgia vs. South Carolina All Star Game and committed to play collegiately at East Georgia State College under the legendary Coach Bud Childers. Upon graduating with her associate’s degree, Coach Bri transferred to Point University to finish her collegiate career on both academic and athletic scholarships. As a two-sport collegiate athlete in basketball and lacrosse, Coach Bri served as a starter, captain, and ambassador for the respective universities. She also received postseason awards for her academic and athletic abilities.
During her senior year at Point University, Coach Bri began her coaching career at Lanett High School in Lanett, Alabama. She volunteered as a community assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team for player development and helped lead the team to the 2A Area 8 Region Championship. Shortly after graduating, Coach Bri continued her coaching career as a basketball specialist at Camp Starlight in Starlight, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of the camp, she signed a dual contract to play basketball and lacrosse, as well as obtain a master’s degree in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University while serving as an ambassador for Basketball England, where the goal was to grow participation levels of men’s and women’s basketball in the Midlands. She also led NTU’s team to its first undefeated season, while being promoted in the league.
Upon completion of the 2016 season, Coach Bri returned stateside for a brief stint in law enforcement before beginning her career in education where she currently serves. She has coached in various programs and camps in the Central Savannah River area to include a notable year at Thomson High School in Thomson, Georgia under the legendary Coach Michael Thomas. During her tenure, Coach Bri served as the head JV and assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach. Under the tutelage of Coach Thomas, Coach Bri led the JV boys’ team to a 9-2 record while assisting the varsity boys to a region championship, Elite 8 state playoff run, and a 21-6 season record for the first time in nearly thirty years.
In addition to coaching boys’ basketball, Coach Bri started and established the girls’ lacrosse program at Grovetown High School in Grovetown, Georgia. She also was hired by US Lacrosse as a Sankofa Clinician before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, Coach Bri is a Health and PE teacher at Harlem Middle School in Harlem, Georgia where she serves as the head basketball and track coaches. Her coaching philosophy is based on the foundation of establishing solid fundamentals before competing no matter the level of competition. Only then can the player’s skill set develop its own identity in their respective sport. Coach Bri’s philosophy is laced with grace, self-discipline, patience, compassion, mindfulness, selflessness, faithfulness, courage, and camaraderie. She will complete her teaching certification in May and looks forward to coaching, mentoring, and working with you all this summer!
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.
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