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Staff Spotlight: Coach Emily Horner

Posted by May 8, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Volleyball Head Coach Emily Horner!

California Volleyball Native

Emily Horner joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for her first summer as the lead volleyball coach. Emily was

San Francisco Volleyball Coach

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.

Club, High School & College Volleyball

Emily  recently 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 the title of the Atlantic Coast Conference 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.

Staff Spotlight: Coach Stuart Katz

Posted by April 12, 2019 • Share:

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.

 

Staff Spotlight: Coach Nate Wymer

Posted by April 12, 2019 • Share:

Welcome 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.

Coaching Experience

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.

At Camp

Coach Nate is excited about his first summer at JMSC. 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

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Jason Sinkoff

Posted by April 10, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Back Jason Sinkoff – Tennis Head Coach and Athletic Director!

Jewish Tennis Coach Bay Area

Coaching Tennis in College

Tennis Head Coach Jason Sinkoff is in his second season as the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at James Madison University inHarrisonburg, VA.  In his first year they finished with the 3rd most wins in program history going 16-7.  Under his leadership, the program was completely turned around and became a serious contender for the conference title. In his second season they moved up to the #3 seed in their conference tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

Prior to his time at James Madison, Jason was the Head Mends Tennis coach at Wager College where he also received an MBA with a focus in Management, finishing #1 in his class.

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Jason has coached youth at summer camps in the San Diego area and worked as the Tennis instructor at a residential camp in Wisconsin.  In 2009 he served as the Assistant Coach for the boy’s tennis team at Torrey Pines High School.  That team won their conference title as well as the San Diego CIF Div 1 Title and sent graduates to compete at the collegiate level at UC Santa Barbara, Princeton, University of Arizona, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and Pomona College.

 

Playing Tennis in San Diego

Before he became a coach, Jason played tennis at Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, CA), Palomar College, and Hofstra University and was a Team Captain on his high school and college teams.

At Torrey Pines, Jason was named a two-time San Diego Union Tribune Scholar Athlete, and named to the All-City and All-Palomar League 1st Teams during his senior year.  At Palomar College he played #1 Singles and Doubles and was voted Team Captain and Freshman MVP while obtaining a 4.0 GPA.  He then transferred to Hofstra University to play Division 1 Men’s Tennis, was elected Team Captain for 3 years, Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient, and Senior MVP. Jason graduated in 2012 with a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Management.

Tennis at the JCC Maccabi Games

He competed at the JCC Maccabi Games three times, 2002 Montreal, 2003 Houston, TX (Silver Medal in Doubles), and 2004 Boston, MA (Gold Medal in Doubles). In 2010 he competed in the Men’s Open Division representing Team USA at the Maccabi Australia Games and won a Bronze medal in Doubles.

This Summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

Jason is extremely excited to be back at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. He’s eager to see many returning faces and to help develop confidence on and off the court.

Staff Spotlight: Coach Zach Davis

Posted by April 5, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Basketball Head Coach Zach Davis!


Basketball Background

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.

Maccabi Plans

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!