Darren Michel has been coaching children of all ages on the Upper West and Upper East Sides for the past 21 years. He studied finance at New York University, and after spending one year working on Wall Street, he realized his passion for working with children, and has being doing so ever since. Darren is the youngest of seven children, and was raised in a home where sports were omnipresent. He played many sports throughout high school and college, but he specializes in playing and teaching tennis and lacrosse. Darren has worked at the JCC since January 2002. He is currently the Senior Director of Athletics and also acts as the sports specialist for the Saul and Carol Zabar Nursery School at The JCC in Manhattan. Darren is certified in First aid/CPR.
Duane has more than 10 years of experience coaching a wide array of sports programs for children 16 months through 18 years old. His no-nonsense but warm hearted approach creates an environment where children of all ages can learn specific sports skills, develop naturally in a nurturing and positive atmosphere, and most importantly have fun.
Duane coached the JCC Maccabi teams, a competitive high school travel basketball team, and for the past four years has served as the Head of Athletics for the JCC Day Camp @ Pearl River. Duane was honored to become the first recipient of the 2009 Pinky Award for Coach of the Year. Duane has an associate's degree in liberal arts and is currently working towards a bachelor's degree in recreation education. Duane is certified in First aid/CPR.
Coach Rod has been teaching sports over ten years, and has coached at the JCC since the building opened in 2001. As a former football player for St John's University, he uses his knowledge and love of sports to introduce it to people of all ages. Football is his favorite sport, and he enjoys an occasional round of golf. Coach Rod is a fan of the Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks. Rod is certified in First aid/CPR. According to Coach Rod, "I have the greatest job in the world and knowing that I have made an impact on a child's life will be the greatest reward."
Michelle Moreno began dancing in her hometown of Houston. She earned her bachelor’s degree. in dance from San Diego State University. Michelle began teaching gymnastics and dance in after college. She has taught for the YMCA in San Diego, The JCC in Houston, 92nd St. Y, and Reebok Sports Club/NY. She has appeared in music videos such as Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and musicals including West Side Story.
Michelle came to the JCC in 2002 and started in the Membership department, coached gymnastics, and taught ballet and hip hop. She became Director of Gymnastics in 2005. She is certified in First aid/CPR and as an instructor with United States Gymnastics Association/USGA.
Nick Packard hails from Boston, MA. He has been working with children for nearly a decade. He graduated from New York University in 2008, and has been coaching at the JCC for over a year. He loves all sports but his specialty, as well as his favorite, is baseball. He began playing baseball competitively at the age of four and still plays wherever and whenever he can. He loves children and is thrilled to help them learn to excel, both at sports and as people. Coach Nick is an avid Red Sox fan but hopes you don't hold it against him. Nick is certified in First aid/CPR.