Danny Herz, Camp Director
Danny, who has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of our camp in 2010, is known as a visionary in the field of Jewish Athletics. Danny’s passion for Jewish overnight camps grew significantly each summer at 6 Points as he personally saw the magic of 6 Points as camper after camper had their Jewish identity strengthened while receiving elite coaching at camp.
Danny is a featured public speaker at many camp conferences around the world! Danny has given the keynote address at JCAMP 180 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, The American Camp Association Conference, The Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly, The Jewish Agency for Israel Seminar in Israel, and JumpSpark Atlanta events – just to name a few.
A native South African who has lived in the USA since the late 1980’s, Danny has been committed to Jewish sports since 1999 when he started volunteer coaching the JCC Maccabi Games, and has continued to be involved on both a local, national, and international level with the Games – including leading teams to medals in both Brazil and Israel. Danny’s involvement with Jewish sports then evolved into working with Jewish summer camps in 2002, when he started working at the JCC camp in Boca Raton, Florida.
Danny’s extensive basketball coaching career includes being the first coach in Broward County, Florida to coach a McDonald’s All-American, coaching the first team from the state of Florida to play on ESPN, and over 20 of his former student athletes continued their educational pursuits while playing NCAA basketball.
Prior to his full time role at camp, Danny served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and in South Florida. His full time duties in education include having worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director since 2001.
Danny earned his bachelors degree from the University of Florida (home of his beloved Gators) and his masters degree from Ohio University. Danny is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association (ACA), and is a certified athletic administrator (CAA) by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
Danny’s goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for campers to continue building their Jewish identity as well as their athletic and personal development.
Hannah Ross, Assistant Camp Director
Hannah is thrilled to be a part of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in a full time capacity after being a part of the community since its inaugural summer as a Counselor and Assistant Soccer Coach. It was during the first summer that Hannah was captured by the magic of camp and since then has had the privilege of watching her campers develop strong identities as Jewish athletes.
Hannah is originally from Sharon, MA where she grew up to be an avid New England sports fan. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. to participate in Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps. There, she worked at a Latino resource center as an immigration paralegal, lived in a pluralistic, Jewish community with fellow Corps Members, and engaged in learning about the intricacies of domestic poverty. Most recently, Hannah worked in various D.C. Public Elementary Schools facilitating programing to raise awareness about global problems through physical activity and games.
In her spare time, Hannah plays in the Washington Area Women’s Soccer League—Go Boxers!—and loves to cook, bike, travel, and take advantage of all of the great things the Nation’s Capital has to offer!
Jillian Baach, Assistant Camp Director
Jillian grew up in Weston, FL where she spent most of her youth heavily involved in sports, namely basketball. The sport has taken her many places including San Diego, California where she spent the summer competing in the Maccabi Games with Team Boca, overseas to the Czech Republic as the Video Coordinator for the USA Women’s U17 Team, and most recently to Washington, DC as the Director of Operations for The George Washington University women’s basketball program.
Growing up in South Florida, Jillian was born and raised a University of Florida Gator fan which led her to Gainesville where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications. Though she didn’t play basketball collegiately, she was lucky enough to work with the University of Florida women’s basketball team her senior year. The connections she made there led her to her job in the Nation’s Capital and allowed her the opportunity to work and go to school simultaneously; she received her Master’s Degree in Public Relations from GWU in 2016.
Following a three-year stint in DC, Jillian was ready to start a new chapter in her life and knew she wanted to continue working in athletics and with youth. Fortunately, she reconnected with her long-time Maccabi friend, Danny Herz, and landed a job as an assistant basketball coach at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy. She quickly (and deeply) fell in love with not only the camp life, but the people she worked with and is elated to be joining the staff full time!
While she’s not out traveling/recruiting more awesome Jewish athletes for camp, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family (especially her 2-year-old niece!), hanging out with her four-legged fur child, Dexter, and visiting her old collegiate stomping grounds- especially on Gator football weekends!