Be The Best wants to get the best out of each camper by making them a better player, teammate, and person.  Our camp's highly qualified coaches bring a set of skills, perspective and experiences that will contribute to your child's development in both basketball and lacrosse.  Our drills, practice games and team building exercises will help your child become a better player both in practice and game situations while also teaching your child to have fun and work together with his or her teammates.    


Committed to Our Campers Development as Athletes, Teammates, and People



Dan Achatz was born and raised on Long Island.  He attended Seaford High School and became an All-County athlete in basketball, lacrosse and soccer.  In 1998, Dan Achatz led the Seaford Vikings to the Nassau County Title.  Thereafter, Dan Achatz attended Rutgers University where he played Division 1 Lacrosse. 

He earned All-ECAC honors and became Captain of the lacrosse team during the 2004 to 2005 school year.   

Currently, Dan Achatz teaches Special Education and coaches Varisty Basketball at Valley Stream North and Varsity lacrosse at Plainedge.  In 2016, Dan Achatz was honored as the Nassau County Basketball Coach of the Year.  In 2016 and 2017, Dan Achatz guided the Valley Stream North Basketball Team to the Conference Title and helped the team earn a spot in the Final Four.   Finally, in 2019, he led the Plainedge Varsity lacrosse team to their first Conference Title in 30 years and was named Conference Coach of the Year alongside Coach Ancona.  

John Brennan

Boys/Girls Basketball Director

John is a former star at Boston University during the mid 90's.  John went on to play pro for the Australia Dandenong Rangers after college.  Following his pro career, John coached overseas with the People to People Sports Ambassadors program and eventually came back to the states where he coached both girls and boys varsity programs.  He stands at 6'7" and brings an enormous amount of knowledge to our camp.  For the past 15 years John has trained former and current NBA players.  His size matches his personality and we are lucky to have John join our team.  John brings with him a collection of drills that will make any player better!

John worked with Jay Hernandez of Pro Hoops for 7 years.  Current assistant coach with Charlotte Bobcats.  


John has trained the following NBA players
Tobias Harris (Phi)
Jeremy Lamb (Cha)
Myers Leonard (Por)
Charles Jenkins (Hof, GS, Phi, Europe)
Mike Muscalla (Lak)
Raja Bell (Phi, Dal, Phx, Uta)
Anthony Bennet 1st pick 2013 draft


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