SUNY Potsdam Summer Basketball Camp
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Join this upstate New York overnight summer camp in 2019 as it celebrates its 49th year of operation! Receive collegiate-style instruction from Head Coaches Jim Bechtel and Brittany Cohen and learn life skills that you can apply both on and off the court such as developing friendships, playing your best, and being a good teammate.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
- Train at Maxcy Hall, SUNY Potsdam's premier athletic facility
- Work with a great teaching staff to help you become a more skillful player
- Learn life skills including developing friendships, playing your best, and being a good teammate
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Co-Director Jim Bechtel
Jim Bechtel enters his third season as SUNY Potsdam's head men's basketball coach. He is the 10th head coach in program history. Bechtel comes to SUNY Potsdam after building a strong program at SUNY Canton. He has NCAA Division I, II and III experience.View Jim's Bio ⟩
"Jim's proven success and experience as a head coach clearly separated him from an otherwise extremely strong pool of candidates," said Zalacca. "He has demonstrated an ability to establish strong relationships not only with his athletes, both current and former, but also with the campus at large. His knowledge of the game is outstanding. His passion for teaching the game and recruiting high caliber student-athletes is unparalleled and his energy and work ethic are infectious. We're thrilled to have Jim join our team and look forward to him beginning his work with our program. "
Bechtel spent the last four seasons coaching the Kangaroos, overseeing the program's transition into the Division III ranks. Canton posted a 54-36 record for a .600 winning percentage under his leadership. Bechtel's Roos broke out this season with a 20-4 mark, the most by a Canton team in 30 years.
"I'm very honored and humbled to be chosen as the next head men's basketball coach at SUNY Potsdam," Bechtel said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead such a storied program and compete in the SUNYAC conference. I look forward to building a program that the Potsdam community is proud of."
Before joining the Kangaroos, Bechtel spent two seasons across town as the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coordinator for St. Lawrence University. With his tutelage, the Saints defense thrived, finishing 2011-12 in the top five for all defensive categories in the Liberty League.
Bechtel began his basketball coaching career as the graduate assistant for Division I Coastal Carolina in 2004-05. He spent the next three seasons as an assistant coach and assistant director of summer camps at Susquehanna University. There he helped the Crusaders capture the 2008 Landmark Conference regular season championship. His last stop before the North Country was a two-year stint as the assistant coach for Division II Shepherd University from 2008-10. Bechtel also served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and an academic counselor at his alma mater Penn State from 2000-2002. With the Nittany Lions he was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the football and men's basketball teams throughout the year.
During his 16-year collegiate coaching career, Bechtel has recruited and coached nine All-Americans, multiple all-conference selections as well as a conference player of the year and rookie of the year.
Bechtel earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Penn State in 2000 and a master's in advanced level coaching from Springfield College in 2006.
Co-Director Brittany Cohen
Brittany Cohen enters her third season as SUNY Potsdam head women's basketball coach. Cohen, a Fayetteville native, was a two-time SUNYAC Player of the Year and a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American with the Red Dragons. She averaged over 15 points-per-game and nearly six assists-per-game.View Brittany's Bio ⟩
"Her success as a player within the SUNYAC combined with her overall knowledge of our conference and ability to establish positive relationships quickly moved her to the top of an extremely talented applicant pool", said Zalacca. "Her youthful exuberance and work ethic honed during her experience in both the college and professional game should lend itself well to reestablishing our basketball program. The Cohen legacy has always commanded respect and admiration within our area and state. Grandpa Stan is sure to be smiling proudly. We're thrilled to have Brittany joining our staff and can't wait for her arrival on campus and beginning work with our program."
After graduating from Cortland in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, Cohen turned her attention to coaching, where she has experience at nearly all levels of basketball. She spent the 2012-13 season as a graduate assistant for Division II Le Moyne College. The following season Cohen helped guide her alma mater Jamesville-DeWitt High School to the New York State Finals. She served as the top assistant for the Nazareth College women's basketball team during the 2014-15 campaign, helping the Golden Flyers reach the Empire 8 Playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons.
Cohen spent this season in Texas working as the player development intern for Lisbon native Rick Carlisle's Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. With the Mavs, Cohen assisted the coaching staff with practices and workouts and gathered advanced statistics for the team's player development database.
"I am honored and humbled to be named the head women's basketball coach at SUNY Potsdam," Cohen said. "I would like to thank Athletic Director Jim Zalacca, as well as the entire search committee, for giving me this incredible opportunity. This school is a very special place for my family and me. My grandfather coached here and I have been around the community all my life. I am very excited to be coaching in the same league in which I played and most importantly, I am looking forward to working with our student-athletes."
Cohen is nearing the completion of her master's in sport management with a specialization in intercollegiate athletic administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
JULY 14-17, 2019
Overnight Campers Check-in: Sunday between 2PM-5PM
Day Campers Check-in: Sunday between 5PM-6PM at Maxcy Hall
Camp Begins: Sunday at 6PM. Dinner is not provided.
Awards Ceremony: Wednesday at 4PM. Check-out following at 4:30PM
*Day and Overnight camp prices will increase $30 on May 1.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in for overnight campers will take place on Sunday between 2PM-5PM. All overnight campers should be prepared to check into their rooms immediately following camp check-in. Day campers will check in from 5PM-6PM.
Camp begins on Sunday with a meeting and team selection. The All-Camp meeting will begin at 6PM in Maxcy Hall. Please note that the camp will not serve dinner on Sunday, so families should plan to have dinner off campus on their own.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in the dorms on campus and are assigned by age or roommate request. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed; if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Not provided
Room Key Deposit: $5
Suggested Spending Money: $50/week
All campers eat in a central dining room on campus. Overnight campers receive three complete, well-balanced meals Monday through Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Please note that the camp will not serve dinner on Sunday; families should plan to have dinner off-campus.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
On the first day of camp, all day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Day Campers stay until 9PM.
♦ Dinner is not provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 8:30AM-4:30PM.
♦ Lunch is provided.
Daily Schedule: SUN 6PM-9PM MON-WED 8:30AM-4:30PM
Transportation is not provided by the camp. For directions, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/about/visit/directions.
Closest Airports: Massena, Ogdensburg, Watertown
Closest Major Airports: Syracuse, Ottawa (CA)
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Forms mailed in prior to the camp start date will not be accepted. If you are bringing special medications, please include written instructions on the reverse side of the health form.
Under New York State Department of Health (DOH) regulations you cannot be admitted to camp without having your health forms completely and correctly filled out. The State of New York requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release form.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:15 AM Breakfast
- 8:30 AM Day Campers Arrive
- 9:05 AM Opening remarks and group warm-up/stretch
- 9:20 AM Stations
- 10:25 AM Team practice
- 11:30 AM Shooting Series
- 12:35 PM Lunch
- 1:30 PM Game 1
- 2:20 PM Position Skill Development
- 3:00 PM Situation/Fast break tournament
- 3:40 PM Game 3
- 4:30 PM Closing Remarks
- 4:45 PM Day Campers Depart
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:45 PM Evening Activities in Maxcy Hall
- 9:00 PM Back to dorms
- 10:00 PM Lights out
SUNY Potsdam is located in Potsdam, NY, a quaint college town in beautiful northern New York. Ottawa and Montreal are about 80 and 100 miles away. Syracuse is approximately 150 miles from Potsdam. SUNY Potsdam’ outstanding facilities include 10 indoor and outdoor courts, modern resident halls, and a wonderful dining facility.
Basketball instruction and play will take place in the Maxcy Hall athletic complex on the SUNY Potsdam campus. Facilities are on-site and consist of 4 outdoor courts and 6 indoor courts. If off-campus facilities are needed, campers are transported in the morning by school bus and will return to SUNY Potsdam for lunch and the end of the day closing meeting at 4:30.
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Kudos to all that were involved!
July 24, 2017: Got to meet a lot of new people and my coach Nicole was great. I learned a lot and can't wait to put some of my new techniques into the game. Everything seemed very well organized. Kudos to all that were involved!
— Jaeleigh J. Camper
See you next year
July 24, 2017: Lots of fun, friendly staff, good food, made new friends, and improved basketball skills. Food on campus is awesome and he loved every meal. Coaches do an awesome job including everyone and encouraging you to do better. We wish camp could have been longer. See you next year!
— Katie L. Parent
My daughter loved the dunk contest
July 23, 2017: My daughter loved the dunk contest, playing with her team, and hanging out with friends in the dorm. She had a fantastic time at this year's camp and is already looking forward to next year. Thanks so much!
— Heather H. Parent
He learned so much in just 4 days
July 22, 2017: The atmosphere was incredible. My son is 8 years old and will be going back until he is a senior in high school. He learned so much in just 4 days!
— Greg B. Parent