Liza & Eric Wittenberg founded and direct the Berkshire Soccer Academy, working year-round to create a safe, inclusive environment for each girl to develop as a player, make friends and have fun.
Eric Wittenberg grew up at Elmwood Day Camp in White Plains, NY where he was a camper, senior staff member and Athletic Director. He also worked as the full-time program director at Woodmont Day Camp in New City, NY. His masters work included studying the Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Valencia (Spain). He received his B.S. from Keene State College where he played baseball and rugby. Eric founded and managed CrossFit Potrero Hill, a unique training and fitness facility in San Francisco, which he sold in order to devote his full-time efforts to BSA. Eric oversees BSA’s program and operations, and serves as the camp’s “Master of Ceremonies” at meals, campfires and other events.
Liza Wittenberg started playing soccer at age 3 and was hooked ever since! She played at the highest level of competitive youth soccer in Minnesota, traveling to tournaments throughout the US and abroad. Liza was a Region II ODP player, and captain of her high school team during both her junior and senior years. She was recruited to play at UNC Greensboro, and after 2 seasons transferred to Georgetown University where she captained the Hoya’s Division I Women’s Soccer Team. After graduating from the Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Liza taught elementary school in the Bronx through Teach for America, and then directed a global citizenship program in ten major US cities for the United Nations Association-USA. Liza has held various athletic director and coaching positions at both traditional and soccer camps. Liza also served as the head coach and assistant coach to girls youth soccer teams at various clubs in the Northeast. She has both CrossFit Level I and CrossFit Kids certification. Liza oversees the soccer and residential life programs at the Academy.
Liza and Eric live in San Diego with their two kids, Everett (4) and Harper (2).
Paul Titley found his passion for the camp industry as an international staff member fulfilling a number of leadership roles at Iroquois Springs in Rock Hill, NY where he spent 7 summers. More recently he worked as the full-time Summer Camp Director at YMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor, WA.
He received both his B.S. and his Masters at Loughborough University in England. Paul has a strong background in aquatics, both at camp and in his personal life, having swum and played water polo at a national level.
Paul met his wife Mandie at camp; and in November 2016 they welcomed their son James to the family.
Katy Kreiner joined BSA’s year-round staff in February 2018. Katy grew up in Connecticut playing competitive soccer from a young age. Her youth travel team traveled the country playing at high-level tournaments, and her Trumbull High School won four state championships. Katy hung up cleats before heading to Hofstra University from with she graduated with a degree in English and Psychology. Katy graduated with her BA in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Secondary Education from Dowling College.
In 2009, Katy began working as a summer specialist at the Mid-Island Y JCC Camp, one of Long Island’s largest day camps. She was invited to join the JCC’s year-round staff in 2014. There, she helped develop and grow a specialized sports camp, served as the camp’s Athletic Director, oversaw a staff of 25 coaches and worked with campers of all ages. During the school year, she oversaw all of the JCC’s youth and vacation programs which had hundreds of participants.
Katy currently resides in Plainville, Long Island with her three children Jayden, Devon and Kaylen. She has coached many teams in the Plainvire – Old Bethpage Soccer Club (“POB”) for nearly a decade and was twice named “Coach of the Year”. She previously served on the Board of POB. She continues to play soccer in the two most competitive women’s leagues on Long Island.
Katy grew up attending traditional day camp and, later, soccer specialty overnight camps. Her camp experience and knack for connecting with young athletes both on and off the field will make her a great addition to the Berkshire Soccer Academy team.