Newman Summer Sports Camps

“Great way to share in the love of sports with peers, more experienced players and coaches (Basketball Camp).”

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Newman's experienced and talented coaches help young athletes develop the proper techniques and essential fundamentals necessary to be successful in their chosen sport.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Alex Smith has been at Newman since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Newman Plus, overseeing the After 3, Newman at Night, and Newman Summer programs. Alex graduated in 1995 from London Guildhall University with a Certificate of Higher Education in Business Studies. He has worn many hats since arriving at Newman in 2008 including After 3 instructor; Day Camp Head Counselor and Media Lab Head; Day Camp Assistant Director; and most recently Summer Director. Prior to working at Newman he was an artist manager, a recording artist, a tour/production manager, and held several other positions in the music industry. While at Newman, he has designed and developed many new and exciting opportunities, promoted the program in our school community and beyond, and implemented many of the logistical and strategic aspects that have made Newman Summer a place that children are inspired to learn and grow while having fun and building new friendships.


Aaron Burns
Aaron BurnsNewman Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Coach Aaron Burns is a native New Orleanian who grew up in College Park, Maryland from the ages of 3 to 18. He began playing lacrosse in the 2nd grade and has played ever since. He was a Varsity Captain at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland his sophomore through senior years where he was named first team all Maryland Independent Lacrosse League twice. After high school, Coach Burns followed an academic scholarship to University of Georgia where he was a 4-year starter on the UGA club lacrosse team, winning the SELC League championship as a Senior. Since returning to New Orleans, Coach Burns has worked as the lead PE teacher and Athletic Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He has also been a coach for the U15 and later JV Carrollton lacrosse teams, and is currently the first head coach of the Newman Varsity Lacrosse Team. Coach Burns has individually trained players from 8-year-old beginners to varsity starters for the last three years. He is an enthusiastic and energetic coach that enjoys teaching the concepts and values of lacrosse above all else.


Mark Faliveno
Mark FalivenoSports Camps Manager

Coach Faliveno is entering his 12th year at Newman where he became the head girls’ Track coach in 2008, and the head boys’ Track coach in 2014, and he is also proud to serve as the Assistant Coach for the Cross Country program. This is his 20th year in teaching and coaching. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Coaching from the University of South Florida in 1997. Before arriving at Newman, Coach Fal spent four years at Mount Carmel Academy, one year at Port Sulphur High School, and three years in the public school system in Tampa, Florida. Since arriving at Newman, the girls have won six District Championship, one Regional Championship, one State Runner-Up and one State Championship. In 2014, the Boys’ team took home a District and Regional Championship.

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Katy Van de PutteAssistant Director of Newman Plus

Originally from Michigan, Katy earned her B.A. in English with Creative Writing from Albion College. Katy joined the Newman community in early 2012 as a counselor in the After 3 program and rolled right into Newman Summer as an Assistant Age Group Head for 1st and 2nd grades. She is the Assistant Director of Newman Plus, which oversees After 3 and Newman Summer. Katy is passionate about creating and contributing to extraordinary programming for students and families and looks forward to Newman Summer all year long!

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Tracy Blackerby
Tracy BlackerbySports Camp Manager

Coach Blackerby, a Newman graduate (’06), attended Tulane University where she received her Bachelors of Public Health (’10) and Masters of Public Health (’11). After completing her Masters, she volunteered as an Americorps Member teaching health education in the New Orleans Metro area. Coach Blackerby returned to Newman for the 2012-13 school year to teach Lower School PE and coach Girls Basketball. In her 4th year as the head coach, The Girls Basketball team will compete for district honors for the first time since 2008. In addition to coaching Girls Basketball, Coach Blackerby coaches Middle School Volleyball and Softball. She also co-teaches the Captains’ Leadership Class.

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Nelson Stewart
Nelson StewartNewman Head Football Coach

Former Newman ('95) and Tulane University ('99) football player, Coach Stewart has been at Newman for 14 years and is in his 7th year as head varsity football coach. This will be his 6th year running the Newman Summer Football Camp. He has also served as a member of the Manning Passing Academy staff the past six years.