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Philadelphia, PA, August 10, 2020 – Josh Schachter, Pittsburgh, PA, and Jake Rauchbach, Chapel Hill, NC – Open Men’s Basketball Co-Chairs for the 21st Maccabiah – are pleased to announce the appointment of Associate Head Coach of Duke University’s Men’s Basketball program, Jon Scheyer, Durham, NC, as Head Coach for the Open Men’s Basketball Team for the 21st Maccabiah taking place July 2022 in Israel.
“Jon’s pedigree cannot be matched; few people have had such an accomplished career in basketball collectively as a player and coach,” stated Schachter, Co-Chair, Open Men’s Basketball, 21st Maccabiah. “We could not be more excited to have Jon lead the United States Men’s Basketball team at the 2022 Maccabiah. The young men selected to the team will have an opportunity to learn and be mentored by one of the premier basketball minds in the world. We are very fortunate that Jon has a passion for the Maccabiah and is eager to embark on this journey with us.”
A native of Northbrook, IL, Scheyer led his high school team to an Illinois High School Association Class AA state basketball championship in his junior year. That squad is the only high school state championship basketball team in the nation known to have an all-Jewish starting line-up. Jon attended Duke University, where he played for Coach Mike Krzyzewski and led the Blue Devils to two ACC Championships and the 2010 NCAA Championship. Playing in 144 consecutive games, Scheyer earned All-American honors and ended his time at Duke as the only player in school history to record at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 three-point field goals and 200 steals. After graduating, Scheyer went on to play professionally with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D League; in the EuroLeague with Maccabi Tel Aviv; and with Gran Canaria in the Spanish League. Scheyer returned to Duke as a Special Assistant during the 2013-2014 season. He has since been elevated to Assistant Coach and most recently to Associate Head Coach after the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. Jon has been integral in recruiting and developing many Duke standouts including Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, both selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.
“I am honored to represent the United States in the Maccabiah” Scheyer said. “Playing in the Maccabiah was always something I aspired to do during my own playing career, and to have it finally work out for me to participate as the Head Coach is a dream come true. It will also be very meaningful for me to be back to Israel for this event, as the year I spent in Tel Aviv was among the most meaningful of my life. I can’t wait to return as part of such an incredible tradition and am looking forward to making the USA proud.”
Maccabi USA is still seeking qualified Jewish basketball players to represent the USA delegation at the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2022. Eligible applicants should visit maccabiusa.com to apply.
For more information, please contact Senior Director of Programs Shane Carr at email@example.com or 215.561.6900.
About the Maccabiah
The first Maccabiah was held in in Ramat Gan in 1932 with 390 athletes from 18 countries taking part. Traditionally held every four years, interrupted only by the Second World War, by 2017 the Games had grown to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 75 countries competing in 40 sports, making it the third largest international sporting event in the world following only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The Maccabi USA delegation to the 20th Maccabiah in the summer of 2017 numbered 1,131 members, the largest traveling delegation in the history of not just Jewish sporting events but all international multi-sport competitions.
About Maccabi USA
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, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, 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 all over the world 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.
Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level, and is rated as a three-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.