It is the dream of all young athletes to one day don the red, white, and blue and pursue success for their country. For B.J. Dunne ’06, that dream has become a reality and later this month he will lead the United States of America’s men’s basketball team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games.
Dunne, who just finished his second season at the helm of Vassar College, will lead a 12-man roster of athletes with Jewish heritage between the ages of 18 and 35 to the games in Berlin, Germany from July 27 through August 5.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to be appointed the Head Men's Open Basketball Coach for Team USA,” Dunne said in a press release from Vassar. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to not only represent my country but the Jewish faith."
The majority of Team USA’s players still play at the college level. Powerhouse Division III programs such as Amherst College and MIT are represented while five of the players currently play at the Division I level. Dunne will have two professional players at his disposal in Travis Warech, a 2013 graduate of Ithaca College who currently plays for Ludwigsburg in the German League, and Jeremiah Kreisberg, a veteran of Yale University and Northwestern University who recently signed with Maccabi Haifa in Israel.
Team USA will play four preliminary games against Israel (July 28), France (July 29), Russia (July 30,) and host-nation Germany (August 2) with the Gold Medal Game scheduled for August 3.