Kelbick named assistant coach of Maccabi USA basketball team

By Sara Feinstein….
Don Kelbick of Miami has been named assistant coach of the Open Men’s Basketball Team representing the USA at the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games in São Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 26-Jan. 2, 2012.

Kelbick has more than 27 years of coaching experience including 25 at the college level — 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as an assistant coach at Division I schools — including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College and Florida International University. He also spent two years coaching at the high school level and in that time produced six Division I players.

In 2004, Kelbick left college coaching to focus on individual player development. He has worked with a variety of great players including Raja Bell, Carlos Arroyo, Rasual Butler and many other college and NBA players. Kelbick also has coached on the international stage, leading the Miami Tropics to the bronze medal in the first FIBA Liga de Americas.

“We are thrilled that Don is joining our staff,” said team chair Barry Neuberger.  “I have known Don since his days at Marist [College] and have a great respect for his ability to teach and coach the game. Our players will have a chance to add to their skill set and basketball IQ by being around Don during the time we are together. We look forward to his contributions.”

Kelbick joins head coach Stu Wittner and Steve Rosner, director of operations/associate head coach, to complete the coaching staff for the Open Men’s Team.

“Don Kelbick will be invaluable to our program,” Coach Wittner said. “His success on many levels of the game, including on the international stage, will help us prepare for the challenges in São Paulo. We welcome him to the team.”

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