Maccabi USA Development Academy

About

The academy provides high-level athletic training seamlessly integrated with experiential Jewish education, aligning Maccabi USA’s mission of building Jewish pride through sports.

Athletes are provided opportunities to improve athletically, develop intangible skills, connect Judaism to sports and prepare for next steps in their athletic career.

ON FIELD BENEFITS

  • Train with college and other high level coaches to improve individual skills and team play
  • Gain exposure to college coaches and guidance on how to progress to the next level
  • Become part of the player pool for future Maccabi USA delegations
  • Experience life on a beautiful college campus with a Division 1 athletics program

OFF THE FIELD BENEFITS

  • Connect to other Jewish athletes from around the world
  • Learn about how the values of Judaism can make you a better player and leader
  • Learn more about the college selection process

WHO

Advanced female and male athletes, ages 14-18, individuals playing on high school teams and/or club level programs. Players should have an interest in improving their skills as well as a desire to explore playing at a higher level e.g professionally, NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3, or collegiate Club Sports programs.

LOCATION

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST

$775

Price includes: Room and board, apparel pack, bed linens, coaching, all activities. 
Airport transfers are available complimentary within scheduled windows

Colleges Attending

 NESCAC (D3)

NE-10 (D2)

Patriot League (D1)

Northeast Conference (D1)

Colonial Athletic Association (D1)

Leadership

Josh Pransky

Maccabi USA Development Academy Technical Director

Josh Pransky has been a Maccabi USA coach since 2014 when he took over the Boys U16 team in preparation for the 2015 Maccabi Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.  Following the tournament, Pransky took the helm of the Maccabi USA Men’s U18 team for the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Haifa, Israel.  Pransky then returned and won the gold medal with the U18 team for the 2019 Maccabi Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico.   

Pransky spent a decade coaching in the college ranks at NCAA Division 3 Yeshiva University in New York City, where he was an Assistant Coach for 4 years and the Head Coach for 6 years.  As the Head Coach, Pransky coached the team to Yeshiva’s first winning season in school history, first double digit win season and first playoff appearance.  Under his tenure at Yeshiva University he coached one Conference Player of the Year, and eight All Conference Team players.

At the Maccabiah in 2017, five of Pransky’s U18 players were selected for a trial at Maccabi Tel Aviv following the tournament.  Players from his teams have gone on to play at NCAA Division 1 schools like Appalachian State, Cal Poly, Davidson, Fairfield, Lafayette, and Northwestern, as well as Division 3 schools Babson, Emory, Puget Sound, Stevens Tech, SUNY Geneseo, Swarthmore, Union College, and Yeshiva University.

Prior to Yeshiva, Pransky coached for the Legends Soccer Club affiliate in Westchester, New York. At the start of his career, he spent three years under the mentorship of Tony Elmore as well as time studying from various professional coaches.  Coach Pransky also served on the coaching staff of the NY Cosmos Training and Development Program. He has received his coaching certifications from both the NSCAA and the USSF. 

Pransky received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yeshiva, a master’s degree in kinesiology from Montclair State University and an MBA at Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business.

Leon Lifschutz

Maccabi USA Development Academy Director

Leon Lifschutz has lead the Club Sports program at the University of Vermont for the past 13 years. He has also spent the last eight years coaching at the NCAA level with the St. Michael’s College Women’s Hockey program and has five years coaching experience at the high school level.
Lifschutz has extensive experience working in skill development with all ages. He has a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont with a research focus on youth sports curriculum.
With Maccabi USA, he served as an accommodations manager at the 2013 Maccabiah Games and the 2015 Pan Am Maccabi Games, as Junior Team Manager at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, as Head Team Manager at the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games, and as Associate Team Manager at the 2019 Pan Am Games. He is currently serving as the Head Team Manager for Maccabi USA at the 2022 Maccabiah Games.