Tecumseh’s Staff is comprised of an experienced, caring team many of whom are lifetime educators and alumni. Several have been at camp for over 50 years! The ratio is of counselors to campers is approximately 1:4.
Pictured from the left is Eli (4), Doug, Drew (9), Jill, and Owen (7)
DOUG & JILL KNIGHT
Doug Knight has built his career around his major passion – sports. His first love of ice hockey was eclipsed as he went to the University of Virginia in 1993 for lacrosse and throughout his four years there he gathered a number of notable honors including the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Division 1 Player of the Year, Division 1 All American, and finally as Captain of the team in 1997 (he was inducted into the Virginia Chapter of the National lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012). He then stayed at UVA to coach lacrosse for two years, in the second year winning the National Championship and learning the importance of team leadership and mentoring in the process.
Doug moved on to teaching and coaching multiple sports at St. Paul’s School in Maryland in 1999 and then, after meeting his wife at a summer lacrosse camp, to the Haverford School in 2002 where he taught, became the middle school Athletic Director, and then on to his current position as Associate Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance.
Doug is a strong communicator, inspiring, intelligent and articulate, with a warm and friendly demeanor. A self-starter, Doug has also recently developed a two night , weekend lacrosse camp for fathers and sons in both VA and NJ, which he believes makes for a stronger relationship while also having fun. Most importantly though, Doug believes in the well rounded boy and feels that Coaches and Parents are going down the wrong path by pushing their sons to excel in one particular sport. As the father of three young boys, Doug backs up this belief by making sure they are involved in as many sports as possible.
Mark first came to Tecumseh in 1966 at the age of ten. He spent five summers at Tecumseh as a camper and has served as a counselor for 30 years. Mark is currently the Program Director at Tecumseh. Mark is responsible for overseeing all programs at Tecumseh, coordinating which age group is doing what each day, and coordinating all out of camp activities.
Mark has also directed Tecumseh’s annual Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta for over 30 years. He was also the head of the soccer program for many years.
Mark played Varsity soccer for three years at Germantown Academy and was a three year letter winner at Washington College. He currently teaches Middle School English and Social Studies at The Episcopal Academy where he served as the Head Soccer Coach for 12 seasons. Mark was the winner of the 1940 Faculty Enrichment Award for significant impact in stimulating students’ interest in academics, athletics and activities.
Sports Director Emeritus
Jim first came to Tecumseh in 1948 and as he says, “I forgot to leave.” While at Tecumseh he has worn many hats including: Athletic Director, Head of Football and many, many others. He is a living legend at Camp Tecumseh. He was an All-American at Wisconsin and went on to play pro ball in the NFL for the Broncos, Patriots and Chiefs. He was the first soccer style kicker in the NFL and is the All-Madden Team punter!
Jim’s sons John and Jeff were Tecumseh campers and he now has grandsons at Camp! Campers and counselors alike sit at Jim’s knee to hear stories of legendary proportions about Tecumseh’s history!
Head of Trips Programs
Jay first came to Camp Tecumseh in 1962 and just celebrated his 50th year at Camp! He is in charge of all day and overnight land trips. He is an EMT, a volunteer fireman and a mountaineer extraordinaire! He has been part of several climbing expeditions in the Himalayas including ascents of Mt. Everest! In addition to the Trips programs, Jay is a mentor for the counselors on Senior campus. He lives at Tecumseh year round.
Camp Store, Inspections, Head Archery Program
Mike has been at Tecumseh since 1979 as a camper and counselor. He now is Head of the Athletic Program. He is a teacher at Charlotte Country Day in N.C.
As a former college basketball player, he has headed the basketball program at Tecumseh and also still helps with the baseball program. Basically, Mike instructs the instructors!
Barb runs the camp store and checks the cabins daily to make sure they are clean and neat! She also runs the archery program and is a certified lifeguard as well. Their son, Zach, is a camper.
Blake is Head of Council and Head of Basketball at camp while Chigusa runs the summer tutoring program at Camp. They are also both co heads of Munger Cabin which consists of two campers, Grady and Nolan. They will be moving on to the New Pagoda in 2021-2022!
Blake is a life long camper and counselor who teaches at Conestoga High School and coaches Soccer and Basketball during the school year. Chigusa teaches at Harriton High School.
Blake and Chigusa’s love for Camp are on display throughout the summer.
Associate Director, Head Track and Field
Paul Poiesz spent 25 years as the coach of track and field at Bishop McDevitt H.S. just outside of Philadelphia. He coached countless All-League, All-State and All-American athletes while there and currently is the assistant coach at Central Bucks South H.S. In addition, Paul is a USA Track and Field certified Master Official who works as a starter at track meets around the nation, including the Penn Relays. He is also the Math Department Chair at Conestoga H.S. in Berwyn, PA. Paul leads our track program at Tecumseh and supervises the Junior Counselors as a part of camp’s senior staff.