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Philadelphia, PA, April 26th, 2016 – Maccabi USA has appointed Warren Russ, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), as the Head Coach for the USA’s Open Men’s Soccer team for the upcoming 20th World Maccabiah Games Israel, July 4-17, 2017. More than 9,000 Jewish athletes will compete from 75+ different countries.

In his ninth year at GSW, Warren’s teams have been honored as one of the Peach Belt Conference’s (PBC) most academically-recognized programs, with a player having been elected to a PBC All-Academic team in every season since his hire. Warren is also a two-time Maccabi USA Soccer coaching alumnus, having served as the Assistant Coach for the Open Men’s Soccer team at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games, where the United States won their first-ever gold medal in the Open Men’s Soccer division. He acted as the Head Coach for Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s Soccer team at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games as well.

Mark Knue, Overall Soccer Chairman of Maccabi USA’s Organizing Committee for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, is excited that Warren Russ will be the Head Coach.

“I am very pleased to announce that Warren has agreed to accept the position as Head Coach of our Open Men’s Soccer team, “says Knue. “Warren knows what Maccabi USA and the Maccabiah Games stand for, and we are excited that he will be leading our team in Israel in Summer 2017.”

Maccabi USA is scheduled to compete in Soccer at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in six different age groups, both male and female. For more information and to access our application, please visit or contact Shane Carr at 267.627.5647 or by email at

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

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, 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 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.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) 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.


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