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United World Games 2016
- SPORTS: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis
- WHO: Ages 12-19
- WHAT: The United World Games, the largest youth tournament in Europe (UWG Website, UWG Promo Video)
- WHERE: Germany/Austria/Italy (Host City is Klagenfurt, Austria)
- WHEN: June 13-22, 2016
- ITINERARY: View Sample Itinerary – Final Detailed Itinerary (Group Mozart) – Final Detailed Itinerary (Group Schwarzenegger) – Final Detailed Itinerary (Group Von Trapp)
- HOW MUCH: $4,200 if paying in full for all travelers at time of enrollment. $4,500 if using a payment plan or adding additional travelers to a group. Please see the CONTRACT found on the ATHLETE APPLICATION page (Step 7) for payment procedure and details.
Flight Group 1 – MBB U19 East, WBB U16, WBB U19 West, WBB U19 East, Tennis, and Volleyball
- DEPARTURE: Aer Lingus Flight 104 departing New York (JFK) 5:30 pm on June 13, 2016 (to Munich via Dublin)
- ARRIVAL: Aer Lingus Flight 109 arriving New York (JFK) 6:40 pm on June 22, 2016 (from Munich via Dublin)
- [NOTE – airline may change flight times before or after ticketing]
Flight Group 2 – MBB U14, MBB U16, MBB U19 West
- DEPARTURE: Icelandair Flight 622 departing Newark (EWR) 8:45 pm on June 13, 2016 (to Munich via Reykjavik)
- ARRIVAL: Icelandair Flight 623 arriving Newark (EWR) 7:00 pm on June 22, 2016 (from Munich via Reykjavik)
- [NOTE – airline may change flight times before or after ticketing]
Staff / Coaches / Chaperones
Richie Schueler, Trip Leader (Los Angeles, CA) – Richie is the Vice President of STUDENTathleteWorld and will lead the trip as Trip Director. In addition to his work with SaW, Richie is a College Basketball analyst for ESPN. Richie coached Men’s Basketball for ten years at three different NCAA schools in three States: Austin Peay State University (TN), Wilmington College (OH), and St. Andrews University (NC). He played college basketball at the University of Evansville (IN). He has a M.Ed in Health & Human Performance/Sports Administration from Austin Peay State University (TN).
Bob Hutchings, U19 East Boys Basketball Coach (Bridgeton, NJ) – Coach Bob Hutchings has been coaching basketball for nearly 40 years and is one of the most well respected coaches in the Northeast. He is an experienced coach at the United World Games, leading our U19 East Team last summer as well. Currently, he is on staff at Stockton University, where he has been a part of multiple conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. Previously, Coach Hutchings served as an Assistant Coach for Mike Krzyzewski (Army), Assistant Coach for the Saudi Arabian National Team, Head Coach of Cumberland County College, and Head Coach of Bridgeton High School (NJ). For his incredible accomplishments throughout the years, he has been inducted into The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Millville Thunderbolts Hall of Fame, the Wheeling Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame, and the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey Hall of Fame. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling Education. Read more http://stocktonathletics.com/coaches.aspx?rc=252&path=mbball
Scott Combs, U19 West Boys Basketball Coach (Pulaski, TN) – Coach Scott Combs is currently the Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Associate Athletic Director, and Math professor at Martin Methodist College (TN). He has coached college basketball for sixteen years, including four at Martin Methodist and twelve at Austin Peay State University. At Martin Methodist, Coach Combs has guided his program to over a 70% winning percentage, leading his team to the conference championship and national tournament multiple times. During his time as Assistant Coach at Austin Peay, he helped lead the Govs to six seasons of 20+ wins, five OVC championships, and postseason play on seven occasions. Coach Combs began his college basketball career at Missouri, but finished his career at Austin Peay, graduating with a 4.0 GPA and serving as the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) President. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Mathematics) and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration. Read more http://www.goredhawks.com/coach/0/1.php
Rory Larson, U16 Boys Basketball Coach (Maple, Grove, MN) – Coach Rory Larson has been the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Anoka-Ramsey Community College (MN) for the past eight years. He has coached college basketball for a total of twelve seasons, including one year at both the University of Minnesota-Morris and North Dakota State, as well as two years at Southwest Minnesota State. He has been a major asset to the programs he’s been a part of with multiple winning seasons, conference championships, and national tournament appearances. Coach Larson has coached a number of talented players that have gone on to play at higher levels, including those who’ve earned All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American honors. As well as being the Facility Manager on campus, he has coordinated both the offense and defense, served as the Recruiting Coordinator, managed film breakdown, monitored academics, and juggled various other duties. As a player at Southwest Minnesota State, Coach Larson had a terrific career one as of the best 3-point shooters in school history, served as team captain, and helped lead his team to a conference championship and berth into the NCAA Elite Eight! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Justice Administration as well as a Master’s Degree in Education: Sports Leadership. He lives with his wife and two children. Read more http://arccgoldenrams.com/sports/mbkb/coaches/Rory_Larson
Darren Averitt, U14 Boys Basketball Coach (Monrovia, CA) – Coach Darren Averitt is a Los Angeles native and has spent the majority of his life in the game of basketball. Recently, he was the Defensive Coach/Coordinator for the Tarbut V’ Torah Lions in Irvine California. Additionally, he has been on the coaching staff at Cathedral High School, serving as Head Coach of the Freshman team as well as Assistant Coach for the JV and Varsity teams. He is well experienced in opponent scouting, filming, game planning, and editing both practice and game films. In 2004, Coach Averitt founded the Monrovia Mountaineers, a competitive AAU Basketball Program. As the Director/Head Coach of the Mountaineers, he guided the boys and girls programs from 2nd-8th grades. At the same time, he also coached the Freshman team at Monrovia High School and the Santa Fe Middle School teams. As a college basketball player, he began his career at California Lutheran College (NAIA), playing on both the JV and Varsity teams. His biggest claim to fame was starting a game vs. #1 ranked Westmont College in the 1983-84 season. After his freshman year, he decided to transfer to UC Santa Barbara to attempt a Division I walk-on position but foot injuries cut his basketball career short. In 1989, Coach Averitt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Currently, he owns an insurance consulting business serving the community and lives with his wife, daughter (Emily, 20) and son (Brandon, 17), who will be playing for our MBB U19 West Team at the United World Games.
Rachelle Matthys, U19 East Girls Basketball Coach (Buffalo, NY) – Coach Rachelle Matthys is experienced in coaching internationally, serving as our U19 Girls Basketball Coach at the United World Games that won the Silver Medal last summer (2015). Coach Matthys is currently the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Medaille College (NY). Prior to coaching at Medaille, she was the Assistant to the Director of Player Performance for the WNBA’s New York Liberty. As a player, Coach Matthys was a four-year standout letter winner at the University at Buffalo (NY), finishing her career as Co-Captain. After college, Coach Matthys played four years of professional basketball in Germany, Australia, & England, capturing a championship title for the DBBL in Germany. During her time abroad, she coached basketball for several different players and teams, as well as serving as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Coaching and a Master’s Degree in Science Education. Read more http://www.medaillesports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=387&path=wbball
Fritzie Villegas, U19 West Girls Basketball Coach (San Jose, CA) – Coach Fritzie Villegas has an extensive background in a wide array of leadership and coaching positions. Currently, she is the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at De Anza College (CA) as well as a member of the Athletic Faculty in the Physical Education Department. Over the course of the last decade, she has coached basketball at the youth, high school, and college levels in both assistant and head coaching roles. She holds numerous professional certifications in Strength & Conditioning and Sports Medicine (among others) for her work as a Human Performance Coach and Personal Trainer. Additionally, throughout the years, Coach Villegas has directed several basketball leagues and tournaments, coached high school volleyball, and has served as Elementary Physical Education teacher. In the offseason, she spends a large amount of her time instructing at the Golden State Warriors Youth Basketball Camps. Coach Villegas has an Associate’s Degree in Communication Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in African American Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Sports Coaching.
Brandon Huntley, U16 Girls Basketball Coach (Lakewood, WA) – Coach Brandon Huntley has been the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Puget Sound for the past six seasons. Throughout this time, Puget Sound has finished .500 or better in every season, finished among the top-3 teams in the conference three times, set school records for wins, has had multiple All-Conference players, and produced one All-American player. Previously, he spent three years at Johnson & Wales University and was an Associate Women’s Basketball Coach during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. At Johnson & Wales, Coach Huntley served as the Recruiting Coordinator and was instrumental in developing his players on the court, an area of expertise that he is currently very active in throughout the offseason with hundreds of young players along the West Coast. His playing experience includes a season at Radford University in Radford, VA. Coach Huntley graduated from Johnson & Wales University (RI) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports, Entertainment, & Events Management. Read more http://www.loggerathletics.com/sports/wbkb/coaches/huntley
Robert Bethea, U19 Girls Volleyball Coach (Pasadena, CA) – Coach Robert Bethea has a 25-year history of coaching volleyball players at a variety of levels. An experienced coach at the United World Games, he has been a part of coaching staffs at the college level, public schools, and a handful of extremely credible volleyball clubs. He is very active with numerous camps and clinics, including both Indoor and Beach Volleyball. Coach Bethea has been a mainstay with Arroyo Volleyball Club since 1998, running the club in both California (in conjuction with the Los Angeles Premier Volleyball Club) as well as in Canada. Throughout his career, he has served as a Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director, Director for ‘Teach for America’, and Recreation Leader. Currently, he serves as a Sports Consultant and is a sports host for various TV stations. Coach Bethea holds an Associate’s Degree in Recreation from El Camino College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Leisure Enterprise Management from California State University, Northridge.
To Be Announced, Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coordinator – coming soon
Silas Oppermann (MOZART), Lukas Oppermann (SCHWARZENEGGER), Kathi Krakowitzer (VON TRAPP), Delegation Managers (Munich, Germany) – Our delegation managers will meet us at the airport when we land and will be with us for the entirety of our trip. They will travel with us and stay in the hotels with us. The advantage of having a ground crew is having a local who knows the ins and out of the country we are in. Our partners in Austria have been doing this for a long time and will take great care of our group.
A NOTE FROM SILAS, LUKAS, AND KATHI – Dear members of the SAW Team USA for the United World Games! First of all, let me congratulate you on representing your country in Europe. We will be your delegation managers during your awesome trip to Austria, Germany and Italy. We will be the first Europeans to greet you at the airport when you guys fly in and the last ones to say good-bye! We are working for the United World Games office over here in Europe and have already taken care of many awesome US delegations. I am sure you guys are even cooler than the rest! 😉 Our role as delegation manager is to ensure the quality of the trip and of all services (hotels, restaurants, guides etc.) but most importantly to make sure you guys are having the best time ever! Please keep in mind that we are not tourist guides, so we might not immediately have an answer to all of your tourist questions (even though we happen to be quite bright!). We will wait for you at the baggage claim area in Munich. I can’t wait to meet all of you over here in Europe! See you soon, Silas, Lukas, and Kathi
Parents – In addition to our Staff, Coaches, and Delegation Managers, we will also have a good number of parents of our athletes travelling with us. While they have no duties other that to enjoy themselves, they will be able to assist in some chaperoning of the teams. About 50% of our athletes will travel with family and 50% will travel alone.