A Trip Down Memory Lane

Todd Lichti at ExcelFrank Allocco 1983

Coach Allocco: 1983 Camp               Todd Lichti, Future NBA Player: 

An Amazing History of Kids Enjoying Excel

Dear Parents and Campers,

Coach Demos Denial

I have been very blessed to have a great career as an athlete and as a coach. I attribute my success to the solid upbringing I received from my wonderful mother and father. Their efforts were enhanced by the many great coaches that I had, dating back to my youth days, up through high school, and then on to college.

I have been fortunate to have been a successful youth coach in New Providence, New Jersey and in Concord, California. I learned so much from the boys and girls on my first teams and treasure the relationships I have with them to this very day. For the past 36 years I have been involved in Youth Basketball through my commitment to CYO Basketball. Even though I am no longer coaching in CYO, I enjoy my time serving on the Board of the East Diablo CYO Program where I get to work with so many committed volunteer Athletic Directors who truly love kids.

Coach Instructing

I am grateful to the Administration of Northgate High School and De La Salle High School who gave me the opportunity to coach and mentor their high school students and serve their communities. Many of the youngsters that I coached in high school now make the time each year to come back and work at Excel!

But most of all, I thank the thousands of families who have entrusted their children to my care. Excel is my ministry, it is my passion. Serving children and trying to provide them with great tools to become better players and better people is my life’s commitment.

As I look through the hundreds of photos on this site, I am truly grateful for all of the campers and coaches who have enriched my life through our work together. I am so proud that so many kids look back to their days at Excel as some of their most treasured summer memories. 

I hope you will take a moment to visit the many pages on this fun site. It is filled with the history of our camp, with every award winner, plus amazing photos of the thousands of campers who spent their summers at Excel.

Enjoy this trip through “memory lane” and please join us as we create new memories, with new players and new families.

Yours in Basketball,
Frank Allocco
Camp Director since 1981

Early Staff 1986

Excel Staff: New Jersey 198

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