Blake Kaplan is the Executive Director of GP Sports Camps and oversees all summer program operations, curriculum development, and staff recruitment. Blake has over 10 years experience with summer camps in the DC area. He currently serves as the Director of Operations for Prep and JV lacrosse coach; in past years he has served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning. Blake has been involved with every aspect of Sports medicine including rehabilitation in-patient and out-patient, as well as trains athletes from the professional to adolescent level, certified by NSCA and continues to represent SPARQ, Nike’s elite trainer program. Blake has a strong commitment to the physical and mental development of adolescents, he continues to strive to create the most productive and innovative environment to develop athletes of the future.
Kristen Coleman is the Assistant Director at GP Sports Camps. She is involved in year round operations and is responsible for camper enrollment, staff recruitment/development, and team training. Kristen graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross in 2007 and coaches Varsity Lacrosse for the Tartans. Kristen received her undergraduate degree from Fairfield University where she played four years of Division I Lacrosse. Immediately following college, Kristen was accepted into Georgetown University’s graduate program and received her Master’s in Sports Management. Kristen is also the Director of Potomac Power Lacrosse.
Originally from Princeton, NJ, Coach Begin graduated from Georgetown University in 2009, where he was an outfielder for the Hoyas baseball team. Coach Begin has been coaching the pitchers at Georgetown Prep since 2009 and is returning for his fourth year as camp director. A number of his pitchers have gone on to collegiate success and Georgetown Prep has won outright IAC championships in two of the four years he has been the pitching coach. He has held a number of other baseball camp positions, notably at Princeton and Georgetown Universities. He also teaches and works in the administration at Georgetown Prep.
Coach Richards started all 3 years as varsity QB during Prep’s 32-game unbeaten streak between 1986-1988, and all 3 years on the varsity basketball team as the point guard. He earned honorable mention All-Met as a sophomore, 2nd team All-Met as a Junior and Senior in football and All-IAC for two seasons as a football player and basketball player. He started at William & Mary as a defensive back and had the opportunity to play in several NCAA playoff series games and the Epson Ivy Bowl in Japan. Coach Richards is currently the Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach at Prep.
Dan Currently serves as the Athletic Director and Head Varsity Football Coach for Georgetown Prep.
Cam Watkins has received more than his share of wrestling accolades. The former high school standout earned 196 wins and was named First Team All Met four straight years during high school. He went on to wrestle Division I at Old Dominion University while earning a degree in Sports Management. As the Assistant Coach for Georgetown Prep and the founder of High 5 Wrestling Club, wrestling remains a huge part of his life. He is thrilled to share his passion and love for wrestling with young athletes throughout the upcoming summer.
Boys Lacrosse Coach
Graduated from Georgetown Prep in ’09 and went on to play lacrosse at Providence College, where he was a 2 year captain. He has been coaching lacrosse for the past 8 years and am currently a coach for Georgetown Prep and Club Blue. In addition to coaching lacrosse, he is a member of the football coaching staff and works in the Dean of Students office, as well as the Resident Department at Georgetown Prep.
Joe Spelta and Adam Brown
Boys Basketball Camp & Girls Basketball Camp
Coach Herb Krusen is in his second year as Georgetown Prep’s Head Varsity Basketball Coach. A former men’s college head coach and long time men’s college assistant. Krusen has been very involved in coaching youth basketball in the Montgomery County area over the last 10 years. He recently served as the head coach of the Maryland Elite girl’s AAU basketball team that was very successful on the national level. In all, 10 of the players that participated on the team ended up receiving scholarships on the Division 1 level. Krusen coached at seven different colleges, including Wake Forest, George Mason, Old Dominion, Loyola, and James Madison. Krusen played at East Carolina University, where he stands as the 14th all time leading scorer with 1115 points. Coach Krusen brings over 30 years of basketball camp experience to Georgetown Prep.
Girls Lacrosse Camp
Lisa is currently the Physical Education Teacher at St Jane de Chantal in Bethesda, Maryland. Lisa comes from and wealth of experience in the field of girls lacrosse and field hockey. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Lisa played her college lacrosse as a four-year varsity lacrosse captain at Glassboro State College. During her career at Glassboro, Lisa earned All-American accolades while capturing the school’s single season and career scoring records with 63 and 163 goals respectively. After graduating from Glassboro, Lisa immediately turned her focus and passion for lacrosse to coaching the sport: first as a Graduate Assistant and then as the Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Glassboro. Since moving to Bethesda, Lisa has coached several elite girls lacrosse teams and attended many US Lacrosse National Youth Festivals.
Boys Soccer Camp & Girls Soccer Camp
With over 40 years of soccer coaching experience, Frans brings a wealth of knowledge not only in soccer, but in youth sports in general to GP Sports Camps. Born in the Netherlands, Frans has held the position of Director of Coaching for FC Etzella, worked on numerous summer camps, and overseen adult programs as well. After moving permanently the United States in 2005, Frans has taken the position of Director of Youth Programs for Toca Juniors – a club out of Potomac Maryland. Frans also serves as the Head Coach of the U18 Bethesda Arsenal – a top ranked team in the United States and is only one of few professional soccer coaches from the Netherlands currently coaching in the states.
Field Hockey Camp
Erika Benke-Murray is the Field Hockey Camp Director. She graduated from Whitman High School where she earned recognition as All- Met, and All State, while being named All-County Player of the Year her Senior year. She then accepted a scholarship to play Division I Field Hockey at Central Michigan University. She currently is the head coach at Walter Johnson High School where she has been for the past 8 seasons. During Erika’s tenure at Walter Johnson, her teams have earned a Division Title, Regional Title, and appeared in the State Tournament. Her coaching philosophy was a key element to her 2012 team being awarded the Maryland State Sportsmanship Award. She has a track record of developing players that have participated in the National Futures Program, a Junior Olympian, and has sent numerous players on to compete at both the Division I and Division III level. Erika has also been named Montgomery County Coach of the Year (Gazette) twice over the past 8 seasons, most recently in 2012. Her passion for the game comes from her objective of teaching young women the sport of field hockey through improving the skill set required for continuous success, while keeping both the passion and enjoyment of what makes the sport to fun to her. Erika is a school counselor and mother of two that is entering her 5th season at Georgetown Prep Sports Camp.