Philadelphia, PA, June 7 – Maccabi USA has appointed Dan Leibovitz of Philadelphia, PA as Head Coach; and James Chadwin of Ardmore, PA and Elliot Steinmetz of Woodmere, NY as Assistant Coaches for the Youth Men’s Basketball Team for the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013.

Dan Leibovitz is the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he held the position of Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Hartford from 2006-10 and Assistant Men’s BasketballCoach for Temple University from 1996-06.  In 2008 Hartford set a school record for victories (18) and earned the school’s first-ever trip to the America East Championship Game. While at Temple, Leibovitz coached in five NCAA tournaments and was named Best Assistant Coach in the Atlantic 10 by Street & Smith’s Magazine in 2005-06.

Since returning to his alma mater as a member of the coaching staff two years ago, the Quakers have enjoyed a remarkable resurgence, including a 20-win season in 2011-12.  During this time, Leibovitz has worked closely with 2011-12 Ivy League Player of the Year, Zack Rosen, himself a member of the gold medal USA Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 18th Maccabiah Games.

“It is an honor for me to be associated with the Maccabiah Games in this capacity,” said Coach Leibovitz. “The opportunity to lead a group of young men who will represent our country in Israel is something I take very seriously. Ultimately, these Games are about the athletes, and I will do everything I can to help create memories for them that will last a lifetime.”

Jamie Chadwin is the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.  Prior to this, he was the Head Men´s Basketball Coach at Immaculata University; the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Gwynedd-Mercy College; and the Administrative Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Delaware in 2002.  Chadwin’s involvement with coaching camps and clubs include Pine Forest Camp, the Sixers Basketball Camp, Philadelphia JCC Maccabi, David Henderson Basketball Camp, Notre Dame University Basketball Camp, and The Hoop Group: Eastern Invitational.

Elliot Steinmetz is the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. He was also the Head Coach at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County from 2005-10 and Head Coach for the gold medal-winning USA Youth Men’s Basketball Team at the Maccabi Australia International Games in 2010. Steinmetz is the co-founder of JewishHoopsAmerica.com, a website that covers Jewish high school Basketball teams across North America, and has also been the coach or director at a number of Basketball camps.  He is a practicing attorney and the Associate General Counsel at Arbor Realty Trust.

The coaching staff is seeking the best Jewish athletes from across the USA to try out for the team.  Tryouts are scheduled for August 19th in Los Angeles, CA and August 26th in Newtown Square, Pa. All interested athletes, both alumni and new, must fill out an application before trying out for the team.  Applications are available at maccabiusa.com and can either be filled out on-line or mailed in.

Should you have any specific questions about eligibility or the tryouts, please contact Maccabi USA atMaccabi@maccabiusa.com or 215.561.6900.

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.