SUNY Potsdam Summer Basketball Camp
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Head to upstate New York in summer 2023 and receive collegiate-style instruction from Head Coaches Jim Bechtel and Brittany Cohen! 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 at this coed summer basketball camp.
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 seventh 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 seventh 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 ⟩
“It's amazing to have our basketball camp up and running for its 50th consecutive year,” says Coach Cohen, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SUNY Potsdam. “I have grown up with this camp and have many fond memories of my grandfather Stan Cohen, who coached at Potsdam for over 40 years. I am grateful to have experienced Potsdam Basketball Camp as a camper, a counselor, and now as the Co-Director.”
"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 10-13, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30pm
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Packed lunch and snacks
● Small gym bag/backpack
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:05 AM Opening remarks and group warm-up/stretch
- 9:20 AM Stations
- 10:25 AM Team practice
- 11:30 AM Shooting Series/Scrimmages
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM 5v5 Scrimmages
- 2:00 PM 9v9 Scrimmages
- 4:00 PM Campers Depart
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.
Sadie really enjoyed camp, her coaches and worked hard
July 26, 2021: Amazing camp! The director and staff had a well executed camp for my child. He will be going back every year for sure!
— Justin A., Parent
She liked getting the feedback
July 26, 2021: She liked getting the feedback so she knows what to improve on and where her strengths are.
— Amanda W., Parent
He enjoyed playing with a variety of people
July 21, 2019: He enjoyed getting videotaped, then watching himself and getting feedback on how to improve. He enjoyed playing with a variety of people and learning how to play with new and different teammates.
— Jessica W., Parent
She gained confidence in her game
July 18, 2019: Jaelin made new friends from near and far. The gym/college was awesome to play at. She gained confidence in her game.
— Shawnalee F., Parent
We can't wait to go next year
July 18, 2019: She felt like she really developed her skills and has info on what to work on. She loved the environment and there was a great balance of play and downtime. We can't wait to go next year.
— Cristy B., Parent
It's a great experience!
July 19, 2018: My son had lots of fun on the court but also couldn't stop talking about the new friends he made and just hanging out in the dorm area. It's a great experience!
— Aaron G., Parent
Helped my game improve!
July 19, 2018: I learned additional skills which will absolutely helped my game improve, received feedback suggesting areas to work on, the coaches were great, the food was awesome and I made several new friends.
— Emily B., Camper
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
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.