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Philadelphia, PA, May 21 -Chairman Carl Goldstein has appointed Jamie Shadian of Las Cruces, NM and Lisa Fischman, of Bloomfield, NJ as head and assistant coaches of the USA Open Women’s Basketball Team at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013.

“We have the most experienced coaching staff for the 2013 Games,” said Goldstein. “Jamie and Lisa have both coached in previous Maccabiah Games and have both played professional basketball in Israel.”

Shadian is currently the assistant coach for the Women’s Basketball Team at New Mexico State University. She played basketball as a collegiate standout for the University of San Francisco (USF) and in 2008 was inducted into the USF Hall of Fame where she still holds the all-time records for assists and minutes played. Shadian went on to play four seasons, from 1997-2001, at the professional level with various teams in Israel as part of the International Basketball Federation.

Shadian served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida during the 2008-09 season. In the summer of 2009, she was the assistant coach to the USA Open Women’s Basketball Team that claimed the gold medal at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. She then joined the Tigers’ coaching staff in fall 2009 where she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Fischman, who played basketball at Ramapo College, from which she graduated in 2006, went on to play professionally for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israel in 2007. She was also a member of the Lady Truck All-Stars, a Texas-based touring team that participated in scrimmages against Division 1 college teams throughout the U.S.

Fischman has extensive experience with Maccabi USA. She played on the Open Women’s Basketball Team that won the gold medal at the 17th Maccabiah Games in 2005 and the 2006 Maccabi Australia International Games. In 2009 at the 18th Maccabiah Games, she and her team claimed the silver medal. Fischman coached the USA Open Women’s Basketball team in Australia 2010 and was the assistant coach for the Pan Am Maccabi team in 2011, both times winning the gold.

The coaching staff is seeking the best Jewish athletes from across the USA to try out for the team.  The tryout is scheduled August 4-5 in Brookville, New York. All interested athletes, both alumni and new, must fill out an application before trying out for the team.  Applications are available at and can either be filled out on-line or mailed in.


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.

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