#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!

NOTES:
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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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#5 Extended: Former Stanford Coach, Richard Elliott, with over 30yrs of Coaching experience shares his wealth of knowledge on squash & life as he embarks on a new venture!


In this episode, we talk with Richard Elliott, who was the former Coach at Stanford University who’s women squash program has developed into a National Top 10 ranked program but Richard was there from the beginning when it all started.  Richard has been instrumental in the growth of squash on the West Coast, he shares his experiences and perspective on the growth of squash at the Junior and College level.  Although we dive in deep about coaching, so many of these philosophy’s and principles apply towards life in general.

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Drexel’s Athletic Director, Dr. Eric Zillmer shares building a National Ranked (Top 5) college squash program, how Squash fits into the NCAA & more….


Squash Radio is bringing the ‘inside’ of squash to life by serving up the best stories from Squash World.  Today we sit down with Dr. Eric Zillmer who is the Director of Athletics and Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Zillmer has been a transformational force behind Drexel Athletics.  As just a small example of their success, their Squash program which launched in 2011 around the 30/40’s rankings in the 2017 season cracked the Top 5 in the Country, defeating Teams like Yale, University of Pennsylvania & Princeton.

Website: for more blogs posts & books written by Dr. Zillmer click on his website, including the behind the scenes access of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.   http://www.ericzillmer.com/

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John Flanigan: “Top 50 most influential Squash person” Univeristy Club of Chicago & the Windy City Open

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John Flanigan – Athletic Director & WCO Tournament Director

Squash Radio is bringing the ‘inside’ of squash to life by serving up the best stories from Squash World.  Today we sit down with John Flanigan who is the Athletic Director (AD) at the University Club of Chicago and Tournament Director of the Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open which is one of eight Majors on the Global Professional Squash Tour (PSA.)

Beyond being the AD at the University Club he is also part of the Senior Leadership team to oversee the strategic direction for the Club as well as being named to the 2015 Squash Magazine ‘Top 50’ most influential people in the sport of Squash in the United States.

2016 Champions picture @ Windy City Open

FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 1, 2017
If you have never seen professional squash and are in the Chicago area… you should definitely check out the Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open Presented by Equi Trust Life Insurance and see some of the best athletes in the world.    Can’t be there in person? No problem, there are lots of ways to follow the action;