CRESTWOOD ATHLETIC PROGRAM
Providing Your Children With Top Sports-Camp Caliber Instructors
Our Associate Director Ken Korder returns to Crestwood and will continue to oversee the Athletic Program. Under Ken's leadership there was a renewed focus on our sports culture last summer. Crestwood campers showed noticeable strides in their gross and fine motor skill levels. Ken created an atmosphere of making learning fun and our youngest athletes looked forward to each new challenge. In addition to their physical improvement it was also evident that the cognitive aspect of the team or individual activity was taught well as our boys and girls grasped concepts quickly. It is a great challenge to weave all this into a game situation and Ken and his staff were up to the task. Ken also believes it is never too early to emphasize wellness, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. These lifelong basics were part of our daily routine.
Ken is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a teaching degree in Physical Education, and also holds a Masters Degree from Penn State University in Athletic Administration. Currently a Physical Education teacher at Hewlett High School, he has been recognized for excellence as both an instructor and athletic coach. Before starting his teaching career, Ken gained notoriety as an outstanding coach in Division One Basketball, having twice guided teams to NCAA tournaments. His summer camp background is extensive and is a big contributor to the Crestwood program.
Barry Schmerler returns to direct our Kindergarten Sports Program. He is an accomplished Physical Education teacher, football and lacrosse coach, and has been a part of the Crestwood family since 1996. Prior to teaching, he was a top prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His enthusiasm and love for children is contagious. Our campers will get a sound base to build on as they grow athletically under Barry's guidance. Barry also moonlights as one of Long Island's top High School football and lacrosse officials
Brad Shafran is back as Crestwood's Tennis Director. He is a former nationally ranked junior tennis player who played No. 1 doubles on the Men's tennis team at George Washington University. Still a competitive player, he is one of the top teaching pros at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. Brad finds "pure joy" in passing on his passion for the sport to first time players and challenging experienced ones looking to advance their game. The Directors of Bethpage Tennis, Keith Kambourian and Steve Kaplan will also be directly involved in overseeing the teaching process and skill development. We are also happy to welcome back Daniel Sedgh to work with Brad.
Liz Waxer returns to direct our youngest tennis players. She was a ranked tennis player in high school and went to Captain the University of Massachusetts Women's Tennis Team. Liz has sinced taught tennis professionally at The West Side Tennis Club and other tennis academies.
Peter Ruff is back again as Crestwood's Soccer Director. Excitement abounds when you meet Peter. He was a standout Soccer and Lacrosse player at Adelphi University and is now an outstanding Physical Education Teacher and Coach. Pete also does personal and team training of local athletes looking to improve their cardiovascular and overall fitness level.
Chris Lee is our new Director of Softball/Baseball. He was an All-NYC Baseball player and went on to play Division One Baseball at The University of South Florida. Currently Chris is a Physical Education Teacher and Adjunct Professor in Exercise Science at Queens College. Most recently during the summers he directed the baseball program at a sleepaway camp. In his spare time Chris plays on a masters softball team that competes nationally.
It is always great to welcome back Mike Lacher and Corey Mavleos at Hockey . Altough there is no ice on the rink they make it the "coolest" place to be in the summer!
Eric Gottesman, Director of Golf, probably has a job we all would want! Green lawns and summer shade is where Eric shares his expertise for what will be his 10th year at Crestwood. We all marvel at the progress each camper makes with such a simple game that at times frustrates us all! Our young golfers come away with such strong foundations and are ready to enjoy this sport for a lifetime. Eric holds a teaching degree from SUNY Cortland in Physical Education and Health. Many of you may have noticed his familiar face during the school year as he coaches in the Jericho School District Soccer and Softball. Eric also coaches youth football and will assist with Crestwood's football and other sports programs.
Bari Strachman Oziel, Director of the highly acclaimed Dance Arts Centre in Port Washington joins Crestwood this summer to oversee our dance program. Bari has a lifelong expertise in dance and has run her current company for 9 years where students learn hip hop, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical, performance choreography, musical theatre and production. Bari grew up nearby in Roslyn and has a B.F.A. in Dance from Hofstra University.
Jason Allen will direct our Basketball program. He was an award winning basketball player at Elmont High School and the played Division One Basketball at Wagner College. Jason currently is a Global Studies Teacher at his alma mater and is the Head Basketball Coach at Sewanhaka High School. Most recently his summers have been spent working at tri state area basketball camps and The Knicks, Nets and Liberty just might find a young recruit playing on The Crestwood Courts!
Peter Gentile joins Crestwood as our Lacrosse Director. He was a star attack player in high school and college and now is a Physical Education Teacher and Coach at Brentwood High School. We have reconfigured our fields to allow for a dedicated lacrosse area. Peter has a background in personal training and hopes to encourage everyone to appreciate the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Crestwood's new Pre-K Sports Director is Joe Annoscia. He has specialized in this area of Physical Education. Joe has a creative mind, tremendous patience and a passion to teach children. Our youngest campers will get a sound base of fundamentals. We anticipate a big improvement in their skill level over the course of the summer. Joe uses his free time to star for a metro NY Stickball Team.
Don Harnick, the head of Crestwood's trail biking program for 8 years, will add general sports instructor to his responsibilities this year, utilizing his background as a physical education teacher and youth soccer coach. In addition to running the trail biking program, he has many years of experience at Crestwood teaching football, hockey, and European handball.