Coach Spotlight: Zachary Elfenbein

Posted by March 27, 2014 • Share:

Zak Elfenbein will be our Basketball Head Coach for Session 3. 

Zachary (Zak) Elfenbein is entering his second year as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Florida Men’s basketball team. His primary responsibilities include opponent scouting, film breakdown, and player development.

Zak ElfenbeinZak started as an intern for the Florida basketball team in 2012-2013 as an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, where he was a part of a team that won the regular season SEC championship and reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.

Additionally, Zak is a decorated JCC Maccabi Games athlete, winning 3 Gold medals as a player and a Silver medal as a coach. In 2006, Zak had his first Maccabi experience playing for the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Miami, being named team captain during the competition. In the summer of 2007, Team Miami won a Gold medal in Orange County, CA.  Zak’s performance in Orange County led to him to being selected to play for team USA in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Pan-American Maccabiah games.  Zak’s passion for the JCC Maccabi Games drove him to try out for the U-18 Maccabiah Boys’ basketball team, being selected for team USA that competed in the 18th Maccabiah games in Israel during the summer of 2009.

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 3.57.53 PMFollowing Zak’s playing career in the Maccabi games, he was elected to the Maccabiah USA junior board of Directors, continuing his involvement with Maccabi USA. In the summer of 2011, Zak was appointed Head Coach for Team Miami’s 16-under boys’ basketball team.

Zak hopes to bring a unique perspective to camp from his experience playing in the Maccabi games as well as using the tools he has learned from Coach Billy Donovan at the University of Florida. Zak’s goals for players is to help them develop their fundamentals further while trying to improve their talent with methods used at the highest level of college basketball. Additionally, through his experience Zak hopes to show campers the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and growth as a young Jewish athlete.