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Introducing 2018 California Head Coaches!

Anthony Naso, Cleveland, OH
2nd Year Head Baseball Coach

I grew up in Amherst, OH- and baseball is my life! I studied Psychology and Business Administration while playing baseball at Slippery Rock University of PA. After graduation, I began coaching right away for Canisius College in Buffalo, Ny. I then went on to play professionally in the Dutch MLB, in Doredrecht, Holland, the Netherlands. I am currently the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Clarion University of PA.



Coach Ido Heller, Be’er Sheva, Israel
2nd Year Head Swim & Strength/Conditioning Coach

I’m an Israeli native, who loves hiking and the summer time! Prior to moving back to Israel after camp last summer, I lived and studied in Indiana doing sport psychology and counseling. I am passionate about long-distance triathlon/Ironman, I love military-related movies, the show “Friends”, and good mouse chocolate.


Coach Jerry Simon, Los Angeles, CA
3rd Year Head Basketball Coach

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Marshall High School where we won the LA City Championship and I led the state of California in scoring. I went on to play college basketball at Penn for four years where we played UNC in the NCAA tournament and I was all-Ivy League. Then, I played eleven years of professional basketball in Israel with Galil Elion where we won the Israeli Championship over Maccabi Tel Aviv. During that time he made aliyah, served in the IDF and became fluent in Hebrew. He currently teaches at Marina HS and have coached basketball at the high school, JCC Maccabi, and youth level since he retired from playing. Jerry will be the Head Coach for OC JCC Maccabi Basketball team this summer in August, too!


Coach Maxanne Retzlaff, Claremont, CA
3rd Year Head Tennis Coach

Max’s coaching career began at Brooklyn College. After earning her Masters degree from Manhattan College,  she became the Head Coach at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges where she forged the Athenas tennis team into a perennial NCAA powerhouse and one of the most competitive programs in the nation.  In 2006 her team finished third in the NCAA Championships and Max was named NCAA Division III Women’s Coach of the year. 2011 saw her #1 player, Kristin Lim, become the first Athena tennis player to win an NCAA Title. 2012 saw her team win their 14th Conference title and be awarded her 18th bid to win an NCAA title.  A great player in her own right she was on scholarship at St. John’s University (Queens,New York) and was the team MVP in 2 of her 4 years playing for the Red Storm. After graduating she played for the US Maccabi team from 1987, 1989, 1991 and in 1999. Where she won two golds (in Sydney, Australia), a bronze (in Caracas,Venezuela) along with gold and silver ( in Mexico City, Mexico). Max has been the Head Tennis Coach at 6 Points Sports Academy in California since 2016. Max lives in Claremont, California with her husband Steve, and three sons, Reggie 17 (2017 USA Basketball gold medalist Maccabi Games, Israel), Jake 15, and Danny 13. 


Coach Rafi Nahom, Los Angeles, CA/Ramat Gan, Israel
3rd Year Head Soccer Coach

Born and raised in Israel, soccer has always been a passion for Rafi. Playing soccer since the age of 5, it has always been his most enjoyable hobby and, since he began coaching, his favorite profession as well. After moving to the United States Rafi continued playing soccer throughout high school. After deciding to focus on academics at UCLA, he realized that he wanted to combine his passion for soccer and sports with his academic studies so he transferred to UCSB where he majored in Business Economics and obtained a minor in Sports Management. While at UCSB he began playing soccer again during his sophomore year and became more connected to the Jewish community on campus through his involvement with Hillel and the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Rafi holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License and currently coaching boys and girls between the ages of 3-17. Rafi is still pursuing his goal of coaching Manchester United and following in the footsteps of his role model, Sir Alex Ferguson.

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