June 26, 2008

Kaplan to Lead USA National Soccer Team in 2009

GSW women's soccer head coach Barry Kaplan has been appointed to lead the Maccabi USA National Juniors Girls' Soccer Team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 13 - 23, 2009. 

Kaplan will recruit, build and coach the U.S. squad.  He will be joined by assistant coach Wendi Whitman, who is the top assistant coach at Long Beach State University.

Kaplan, entering his fifth season at the helm at GSW, started both the women's and men's Hurricane programs in 2004.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) has 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 co-founder 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.  MUSA strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over, the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. 

The World Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial event that takes place in Israel.  The 18th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 13 - 23, 2009 will be the world's third largest international athletic competition.  Over 9000 of the world's best Jewish athletes from six continents and over 60 countries will compete at the Games.