#8: Curious about College Squash & Ivy League recruiting? Jack Wyant (Penn Head Squash Coach) shares his insights & more!

In this episode, we talk shop with Jack Wyant who is the Head Coach of the  Women’s Squash Team and Director of Squash at the University of Pennsylvania.  Wyant recently wrapped up his 13th season coaching at Penn Athletics and led his Team to back-to-back 2nd place finishes at the Collegiate Championships.

Jack is an experienced player himself, competing at the highest level in the Junior & College (Princeton University grad) ranks racking up National Championships at both levels.  Wyant has also played for Team USA on Junior and Senior Teams but as a Coach led the U.S. Junior Girls to historic heights, earning a 2nd place finish at the 2011 World Junior Team Championships.

In our conversation, we focus on College Squash, talking through the recent milestone announcement to officially dissolve the current separate men’s and women’s associations and form a newly merged organization in partnership with US SQUASH but also spend a lot of time learning more about Penn Athletics and his squash program.  We both thoroughly enjoyed bringing you this episode and look forward to having Jack on again as a future guest.  Enjoy!

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#7 Extended: Author, Journalist, Master of Ceremonies & Coach…Alan Thatcher knows all levels of the Sport & shares it all!

In this episode, we connect with Alan Thatcher, who has been helping to grow the Sport of Squash at all levels from the Professional Tour down to the grassroots.  Several years ago he launched www.squashmad.com which is a
fantastic sources for news, articles, activities on how to the grow the sport but most recently he released a book he co-authored with Rod Gilmour called “Jahangir Khan 555: The Untold Story Behind Squash’s Invincible Champion and Sport’s Greatest Unbeaten Run.”

In our conversation, we cover a range of topics from a behind the scenes look at writing his most recent book as well as his role with the Canary Wharf Professional Squash Tournament.  But also get into the weeds about his grass roots efforts of growing the sport and some key factors that could truly help sharing the sport we all love.  We both thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and hope you do too!

Alan Thatcher
555: The untold story of Jahangir Khan The inside story of an amazing unbeaten run in squash:
Published by Pitch and available on Amazon and Kindle.

2017 SELECT GAMING KENT OPEN:
PSA World Tour $10k event at The Mote Squash Club, Maidstone, Kent from June 11-18.

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CANARY WHARF SQUASH CLASSIC: March 5-9, 2018
www.canarywharfsquash.com

Chairman, The Mote Squash Club

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#4 Quick Hit: Newly crowned S.L. Green Champion, Chris Hanson, from concussion to Champion


Squash Radio is bringing the ‘inside’ of squash to life by serving up the best
stories from Squash World.  In this new segment we call ‘quick hits’ we grabbed Dartmouth grad ’13, Chris Hanson who hails from the NY/CT area after his new milestone accomplishment of becoming U.S. National Champion.

Chris shares his journey from suffering a concussion in a car accident (among other accidents) to getting back on track through the help of his coach, Rod Martin former World #2, to achieve a life long dream.

 

Christopher Gordon: New York native, Veteran Team USA Player, U.S. National Champion, Top 50 PSA ranked

Squash Radio is bringing the ‘inside’ of squash to life by serving up the best stories from Squash World.  Today we sit down with Christopher Gordon, a New York City native, and talk about his career on the Professional Squash Tour (PSA) to share his experiences as a Top 50 ranked tour player. Gordon has distinguished himself as one of the most decorated Team USA members for squash, with five World Team Championships, three Pan-Am Games, two World Games Championships, two World Junior Championships & a handful of Pan-Am Fed Cup Championships.  In addition, 2013 marked the end of the Julian Illingworth’s eight year winning streak when Gordon raised the trophy for himself to become the U.S. Champion.

Beyond his amazing on court performances & results, Christopher has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport of Squash.  He has done countless exhibitions all across the U.S. & World, has been a commentator for PSA Squash TV & emceed the Delaware Investments U.S. Open.