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Learn from Top Coaches at the Pioneer Sports Academy


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Coach John Jez has led C.W. Post to back-to-back national championships in lacrosse. He will teach the game to boys ages 7 to 17 at the Pioneer Sports Academy.This summer, Long Island’s aspiring student athletes ages 7 to 17 have an extraordinary opportunity to train with some of the best college coaches in the country in the new Pioneer Sports Academy at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Men’s lacrosse coach John Jez, who has led the C.W. Post Pioneers to the NCAA Division II national championships two years in a row, will teach lacrosse to boys ages 7 to 17 from June 28 through July 2, 2010. Other five-day camps feature instruction in girls’ lacrosse, baseball, softball, field hockey, football and boys’ and girls’ basketball – all taught by C.W. Post varsity coaches and their assistants.

“Participants at all experience levels will learn a tremendous amount from the Pioneer Summer camps,” Jez said. “My fellow coaches and I are eager to share our knowledge with young athletes. Whether they are learning the fundamentals or advanced techniques, they will experience the fun and excitement that comes with proper instruction in their sports.”

Other coaches leading camps this summer include Pete Timmes, East Coast Conference baseball Coach of the Year; Bryan Collins, C.W. Post athletic director and football head coach; Chris Casey, the new C.W. Post basketball coach and former assistant at St. John’s University; Jamie Apicella, whose softball teams have reached the NCAA playoffs 10 times in 11 years and the College World Series twice; Meghan McNamara, who has coached women’s lacrosse to the NCAA Final Four three years in a row; Dierdre Moore, who has led women’s basketball to the ECC semifinals in her first two years as head coach; and Raenee Savin, former standout student-athlete who has led field hockey to the second most wins in the school’s history and numerous team and individual records.

Pioneer Sports Academy adheres to the same high standards as C.W. Post’s popular Summer Day Camp, accredited by the American Camping Association and licensed by the Nassau County Health Department. All coaches, assistant coaches and counselors are certified in first aid and CPR. Training will take place at the athletic facilities of C.W. Post’s picturesque campus in Brookville, N.Y.

Tuition for the Pioneer Sports Academy is $450 per five-day camp. Sibling, team and employee discounts are available. Academy offerings are open to ages 7 to 17 and will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following schedule:

  • Boys’ baseball, boys’ lacrosse, June 28—July 2
  • Girls’ lacrosse, July 5—9
  • Girls’ softball, July 12—16
  • Football, July 19—23
  • Field hockey, girls’ basketball,  July 26—30
  • Boys’ basketball, Aug. 2—6

For more information on the Pioneer Sports Academy camps, visit or call (516) 299-4004.

Posted 06/10/2010

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