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Head Coach Roster 2019

Our Head Coaches are so excited to get to know you, help you grow as a player and teammate, and most of all, have a blast! Here’s a sneak peek to our all-star coaching staff and be sure to check back as we continue to add everyone’s bio!

Alan Ashkinazy / Baseball
I was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Queens for most of my young live. In 1979, I received a baseball scholarship to attend the New York Institute Of Technology and was named team MVP in 1980 and 1982. I later signed a pro contract with The Boston Red Sox and played 3 years of minor league ball, making the South Atlantic League All Star team in 1985. In 9187, I opened The Greensboro Batting Center and to this day, it is the longest running indoor baseball/softball indoor practice facility in the country. My wife of 15 years is Tracy and I have 2 daughters, Zoe 14 and Ava 12.

Aresnio Avant / Basketball
I grew up in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area playing basketball since the age of 7. Ever since I picked up a basketball I have always looked for opportunities to become a better player and person through this amazing game. My passion for basketball allowed me to pursue my dream of playing for and graduating from Elms College in Chicopee, MA in 2011. Since then, I have adopted the same passion as a coach, coaching at several high schools and camps across the U.S. Currently, I am a middle school teacher and high school basketball coach at the American International School in Egypt.

Barry Kaplan / Soccer
Having been a part of 6 Points since year 1, I am excited to be returning for my 10th year. Currently I coach with Florida Premier FC in New Port Richey, FL where I’m Lead Coach for the 2005 boys age group and Head Coach for the 05 Boyd Elite Team along, with being College Coordinator for the club.

A 6 time Intercollegiate Coach of the Year, I’ve coached both the Men & Women’s intercollegiate programs at Georgia Southwestern State University and Andrew College in GA. I also coached the Men’s programs at St. Thomas University and Nova Southeastern University in FL, building both programs into regional and national repute and coached several All-Americans. I was also involved in the professional game as Director of Soccer Operations for the Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer.

I have earned an A license from US Soccer and a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA and have been a Coaching Instructor with FYSA & GYSA. I have also been very involved with Maccabi USA, Sports for Israel. I was the Head Coach for the United States Maccabi Jr. (U17) Girls in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009, earning a silver medal. I’ve also coached the Jr.(U16) boys in the Pan American Maccabi Games, Sao Paulo 2002, Youth (U18) boys in the Pan American Games, Buenos Aires 2007, as well as the Jr. (U16) boys in the 2005 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Becky Silberman / Basketball
Born and raised in Maryland, I have been a part of the local basketball scene here since I was ten. I started playing rec ball, moved onto my school teams, and ended up playing Club Basketball at the University of Maryland. After graduating, I immediately began coaching and absolutely fell in love with it. I have coached boys at the JCC Maccabi games, I coached the U18 USA Girls team at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, and I continue to coach a high school varsity team. In my free time, I coach two AAU travel teams for the Potomac Valley Thunder Organization. I recently became the Athletic Director at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School which gives me the opportunity to spend all day working in athletics.

Brian “Shifty” Schiff  / Basketball
I am currently a basketball & softball coach and member of the athletic department at the prestigious Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA (just outside Philadelphia). I previously was a 3 decades long member of the media and an Emmy Award winning Producer at Comcast SportsNet, Philadelphia.

During a 25-plus year career as the junior boys (U16) basketball coach in the World Maccabiah Games, we won 8 gold medals in Israel (4 times), Mexico, Chile, Argentina & Germany. I also coached the Philadelphia boy’s basketball team in the JCC Maccabi Games from 1992-2017, winning another 7 gold medals. For those accomplishments, I was a 2018 inductee into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

I live in Exton, PA with my wife, Susan Kardon. I have 2 daughters (Brenda and Juliet) and a granddaughter, Penny. I also has 2 stepsons, Blake and Logan.

Brooks Bray / Softball
I am from Thomasville, NC and played collegiate softball at Guilford College. I earned my undergraduate degree in sports management and am now pursuing (and almost finished!) with my second degree in Kinesiology. I look forward to becoming an orthopedic nurse in the future. I currently work at Diamond Xtreme Training in Kernersville, NC where I train athletes to improve their strength and agility. I can’t wait to get back onto the 6 Points softball field!

Brylee Zumpf / Cheerleading & Dance
I grew up in Miles City, MT and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Montana Western with a Bachelors of Psychology. I have been involved in cheer for the past 12 years, including five years of collegiate cheer and one of competitive cheer. I coached cheer at Beaverhead County High School for two years and have been coaching at the University of Montana Western now for two years. I am excited to spend time getting to know the campers at 6 Points this summer!

Dan Bozarth / Baseball
I am a native of Geeensboro, NC and have spent the past 14 years as head baseball coach at Caldwell Academy. During this time, we have made the state playoffs in 11 consecutive seasons with two state championship appearances! I have been named Conference Coach of the Year four times and have coached numerous college players. I can’t wait to be back with the 6 Points community this summer and have a lot of fun with the baseball campers!

Dani Marks / Soccer
I was born in England, raised in Israel, went to high school in Switzerland, and now I am living in the US. Soccer has been the most important thing to me, ever since I can remember. I have been lucky enough to be play at a high-level and on many different teams. Soccer brought me to the US, and gave me the opportunity to go to University. I studied Political Science (BA) and Business Management (MSc) at Penn State University, while also playing for the varsity soccer team, and had the honour of serving as captain of the team for 3 years.

Evan Conti / Basketball
I grew up in Queens playing basketball in different parks throughout New York City. I had a successful high school career which landed me a full scholarship to play Division 1 basketball at Quinnipiac University where I studied media studies and communications. After graduating from Quinnipiac, I spent the next three years playing basketball professionally in Israel for Hapoel BeerSheva, Hapoel Migdal Haemek and Hapoel Afula. This past summer I decided to start my coaching career as an Assistant Coach at NYIT. At the end of the season I was named Interim Head Coach at NYIT. 6 Points couldn’t come soon enough – I’m so excited for summer to start!

Gina Salemi / Girls Lacrosse
I grew up in Novi, Michigan which is outside of Detroit. I’ve been playing lacrosse nearly my whole life. I just graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia, with an economics degree and will be pursuing my MBA there starting this fall while finishing out my last year on the lacrosse team. I have coached many clinics for at risk youth in Philadelphia, Belgium, and Israel. This will be my 10th summer at 6 Points and 2nd as a head coach. 6 Points is my home and there’s no other place I’d rather be!

Gregory May / Baseball
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA, and baseball was always part of my life growing up. I studied History and Government while playing baseball at Claremont McKenna College, and would later get a Masters of Arts and Management from the University of Redlands. After graduation, I played a year of semi-professional baseball in Holland for the Dordrecht Hawk, playing for their high team and coaching all levels of their youth programs from the Junior 18U, first year kid pitch, t-ball and fastpitch softball. Since finishing my career, I have coached high school and college baseball and I am currently the assistant coach at William Jewell College, acting as the Pitching Coach and Camp Director. Get ready, baseball campers, because we’re about to have an awesome summer!

Jason Gordon / Soccer
I grew up in South Florida playing soccer. Family, teaching, and sports are my life. Although my playing and coaching experiences have been immersed in soccer, I have played and continue to enjoy the competition within many sports. After college, I worked in sales. In addition to the sales job which included extensive travel, I began coaching soccer at the club level. During that time, I found my passion for teaching, which has been my profession for the last 13 years. I have coached soccer for twenty years, at both the competitive club and high school levels. I am currently a soccer coach at the high school where I am employed. I’m really looking forward to joining the 6 Points Sports Academy community!

John Chang / Volleyball
I love volleyball and am looking forward to being back on the court at 6 Points again this summer! During the school year, I am the head women’s volleyball coach at Felician University, a Division II school. I have previous experience coaching the men’s volleyball team at Sarah Lawrence College and as well as both the men’s and women’s team at Polytechnic University. There, I guided the Blue Jay’s women’s team to a 22-8 record, earning the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year award in 2007. Aside from my experience coaching at the collegiate level, I also enjoyed my time as a club and high school varsity coach at a Jewish Day School.

I live in Cranford, New Jersey with my wife, Jacylyn, daughter, Rachel, and son, Evan. A few fun facts about me: I am tri-lingual (I speak Korean and Spanish), I enjoy playing the guitar, cooking, gardening, art of all kinds, and spending time with my family!

JJ Davidson / Soccer
I currently work as the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Yeshiva University. Under my leadership, the Maccabees made history this season by tying a program-record for most Skyline wins in a season. I also have the highest career winning percentage in team history.

Thanks to my strong soccer background, I have been selected to serve as the head coach of the Maccabi USA Open Men’s Soccer Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico. In 2017, I served as the youth soccer coach of the New York Red Bulls, where I coached in the organization’s training programs and regional development schools.

Prior to joining Yeshiva, I coached at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School and was proud to lead the program to its first championship in school history. I earned my USSF “F” license in 2015, acquired my USSF “E” Soccer Coaching license through the Red Bulls in 2016, received my USSF “D” license in 2017, and am currently working on completing my “C” license.

In 2009, I worked with high-risk youth, serving as a mentor, at Migdal Orh. Prior to that, I worked with individuals with special needs, at Ohel Bais Ezra, helping them reach their goals in fine and gross motor skills, as well as maintaining their general health and fitness.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Individual Studies, with a specialization in Business, from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2017. I can’t wait to share my passion for soccer with the 6 Points campers!

Josh Schwartz / Boys Lacrosse
I grew up in Minnesota playing hockey and didn’t find lacrosse until high school. I attended the University of Mount Olive in eastern North Carolina, majoring in Exercise Science. I have been coaching lacrosse since I was a sophomore in high school. I recently earned my masters degree in College Athletic Administration from Coker College and now am the Assistant Coach at NCAA Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. My career goals are to become the head coach of a college program and move into athletic administration later on down the road. Coaching is my life!

Kayla Grimsley / Soccer
I grew up in Lakeland, Florida and attended the University of South Carolina on a full soccer scholarship, Go Gamecocks! I later played six years of professional soccer overseas in Iceland and I am now the Assistant women’s soccer coach at DePauw University in Indiana, as well as a youth coach at a local club. This will be my first summer at 6 Points Sports Academy and I can’t wait to join the team!

Lauren Rubenstein / Swimming
I was born and currently reside in South Florida! During the year, I am the Athletic Director at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Previously, I worked as the head swim and water polo coach. For many years, I coached Team Boca’s Swim Team at the JCC Maccabi Games, helping my athletes bring home numerous medals. I have called 6 Points Sports Academy my home for many summers now and it is something I look forward to each and every year. I can’t wait to work with your child and help them become a more confident swimmer. Here’s to a great summer ahead!

Lindsey Purcell / Tennis
I grew up in Frederick, MD where a corn field was my back yard for most of my life. My parents exposed my two sisters and me to all sports growing up but tennis was always my first choice and a passion of mine today. I played at Towson University for four years and once I graduated, continued to coach tennis camps throughout the Frederick and Baltimore area. I look forward to returning to 6 Points each summer and I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Morgan Kaplan / Tennis
I grew up in Norfolk, VA. As a triplet my brothers and I were always competing in sports and we all brought that same intensity to the sports we played in high school. Since graduating with a degree in sports management from Old Dominion University, I have been coaching the tennis team at the American Hebrew Academy. Even when I am not coaching I can be found playing matches against the students. I am excited to start my first summer at 6 Points!

Raquel Vescovi / Tennis
I grew up in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tennis is a huge part of my life and has given me every opportunity I could possibly ask for. I went to Purdue University Fort Wayne while playing tennis. After graduation, I started coaching right away at Indiana Tech where I also achieved my masters degree in Organizational Leadership. I currently serve as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Lake Forest College. I’m counting down the days until camp and am ready to have some fun!

Sharon Rivera / Cheerleading & Dance
I was born in New York but grew up in Florida. As a youngster I danced and cheered throughout middle and high school. In college, I studied Elementary School Education and began teaching in 1996. I wrote a grant and started a cheer/dance club. After I had children, I wanted to be involved in their activities as well so I went back to the cheer and dance that I loved and began coaching my daughter  beginning when she was 3 years old. I have coached ever since and love every minute of it! I am so proud of my team which recently came in first place in a local competition.

Steve Tuders / Softball
Grew up in Queens, NY and moved to North Carolina when I was 18. I began coaching softball in 2002 and have coached everything from recreation softball to travel ball to college softball. I have worked for Fedex for over 25 years. I have two daughters who are in college and played softball also. I have been married for 23 years to my wife Lisa. I currently coach at Greensboro College in North Carolina.

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