Philadelphia, PA, May 22- Mike Goldman, Chairman, Maccabi USA Men’s Softball, announced today that Dan Winters of Burbank, CA and Paul Rubin, of Scottsdale, AZ, will be the head coaches of the Open Men’s and Masters Men’s Fastpitch Softball Teams, respectively, that will compete at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17 – 30, 2013.

“We are very excited to have Dan Winters and Paul Rubin as our head coaches,” Goldman said. “Not only are they both veterans of the Maccabi USA Fastpitch Softball program, but they are also two of the most knowledgeable and respected members of the broader Fastpitch Softball community. With these two great competitors at the helm, our men’s teams will be well-positioned to compete for gold in Israel.”

Dan Winters, Head Coach of the USA Open Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team, is originally from Dayton, OH, and has participated as a member of the USA Open Men’s Softball Team in the 14th and 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, where the team won silver medals, as well as the 11th Pan Am Maccabi Games in Argentina.   Most recently, he was the Head Coach for the USA Open Men’s Team at the 12th Pan Am Maccabi Games in São Paulo, Brazil in December 2011, where he led the team to a gold medal.  Prior to his Maccabi experiences, Winters was an all-Big Ten catcher at Indiana University, where he later was an assistant coach of the Baseball team.  He also played professional Baseball in the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and New York Mets organizations.

Paul Rubin, Head Coach of the USA Masters Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team, is originally from New Haven, CT and has participated as an athlete and coach in four Maccabiah Games and two Pan Am Maccabi Games.  Rubin was a member of the USA Open Men’s Teams at the 12th, 13th and 14th Maccabiah Games and the USA Masters Men’s Team at the 18th Maccabiah Games, accumulating three gold medals (12th, 13thand 18th) and one silver medal (14th).  Additionally, he competed as a member of the Masters Men’s Team at the 11th Pan Am Maccabi Games in Argentina, and as the Head Coach of the Masters Men’s Team at the 12th Pan Am Maccabi Games in São Paulo, Brazil.  Rubin has also played on 10 national championship Fastpitch Softball teams, including leading a Maccabi USA team to the ASA Over 40 National Championship in Prescott, AZ in 2010.  He will be inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame in August.

There are two tryouts scheduled for both the USA Open and Masters Men’s teams, one on the West Coast in Encino, CA on June 10th and one in Westchester County, NY on July 1.  Both teams will be fully appointed in July 2012, with 15 athletes and 10 alternates each.  To participate in the tryouts all potential athletes must first apply for the team atmaccabiusa.com.  For further information about the tryouts, questions can be directed toMaccabiUSAFastpitch@gmail.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.