#15 Wendy Lawrence; making sense of GWU, Brown & Stanford dropping Varsity Squash.

For a quick background on our guest in this episode, here’s an overview.

We connect with Wendy Lawrence, who recently retired as the Division 1, Head Men’s & Women’s Squash Coach of George Washington University.

 

While Wendy is originally from New York City, she has made Washington, DC her home for over 40 years and her efforts have helped put DC on the Squash Map.

 

 

 

 

Wendy distinguished herself amongst her peers with several leadership & sportsmanship awards but also developed the GWU Team as one of the college’s most successful Programs from a rankings perspective.

One of the main impetus behind connecting with Wendy, was getting her thoughts on the announcement that has sent shockwaves through the Squash community with Top tier Colleges removing their squash programs from Varsity status, those schools include,  Brown, Stanford & George Washington.

Wendy has a unique perspective on these developments, as during her tenure, she was part of the Leadership Team that guided the College Squash Association through some big changes.

Off the court, Wendy is someone I’ve always personally turned to for advice or perspective and it is a pleasure to collaborate with her on any project.

We were honored to have Wendy as a guest, and we hope you enjoy our conversation.

We are always looking for new stories and love your help! Squash Radio has already shared some audience stories but we are always looking for more.

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#11: Building Squash with Southern Hospitality

Squash Radio explores squash in the South & teamed up with Richard Millman who recorded stories from Atlanta, Louisville and his new hometown in Chattanooga to share these great stories.

The theme of this episode is building Squash.  We share snapshots of these communities where you will hear from a cast of characters all from different walks of life, different background even with different “jobs & roles” but all have shared passion for the sport squash.  Each segment will show squash at different stages from; how a squash club got built to reinvigorating a squash program with a new squash professional, to how squash could help grow your business and of course the deep impact it can have on your health.

Credits:
Many thanks to all those who helped make this episode possible but a special thanks to Richard Millman for his tireless work, recording and partnership on this episode.  Contributors; Scott Monen, Taylor Monen, Mike Monen, Jay Hatcher, Aaron Myerson, Dr. Gary Myerson, Keith Clemens, Lee Scott, Reuben Phillips, David Andes, Tom Rumpler,  Scenic City Squash, Louisville Boat Club, Windy Hill Athletic Club, Midtown Athletic Club Atlanta & of course, the always welcoming Squash Community!

We are always looking for new stories and love your help!  Squash Radio has already shared some audience stories but we are always looking for more.  Reach out to us on any social media app or email squashradio@gmail.com.  As always, thanks for listening!

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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/

Videos of Dr. Eric Zillmer:

 

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;