The 2009 US Squash National Coach of the Year, Jack Wyant recently completed his sixth season as both the men's and women's head squash at Penn in 2015-16, and was named the first-ever Director of Squash, while remaining the head coach of the women's program.
In 2014-15 the Penn women's squash team went a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League claiming the program's third Ivy League championship. The 2014-15 title is Coach Wyant's second with the women's program at Penn.
The Quakers went on to finish the season 14-3 overall, and fourth in the country after the CSA Howe Cup. Three players were named CSA All-America - Anaka Alankamony and Marie Stephan first-team, and Yan Xin Tan second-team - and three were named All-Ivy.Read more »
Gilly Lane C’07 was named the Head Coach of the men's squash program in March of 2016. Lane re-joined the Penn squash programs as an assistant coach in July 2013, and recently complete his two seasons as an assistant coach and one as an associate head coach under Jack Wyant at Penn.
In March of 2015, Lane was selected U.S. Squash men’s team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada in July.
Lane helped guide the Penn women's squash team that went a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League claiming the program's third Ivy League championship. The Quakers went on to finish the season 14-3 overall, and fourth in the country after the CSA Howe Cup. Three players were named CSA All-America - Anaka Alankamony and Marie Stephan first-team, and Yan Xin Tan second-team - and three were named All-Ivy.Read more »
After spending the 2017-18 season as a volunteer assistant coach, the University of Pennsylvania squash program has promoted Dylan Cunningham to full-time assistant. Cunningham played a large role in coaching both the men's and women's teams this past year.
Said Director of Squash and Women's Head Coach Jack Wyant, "Gilly and I are very excited to elevate Dylan from volunteer to full-time assistant coach. He's accomplished great things on the professional tour but made it clear his passion was coaching. Dylan added tremendous value this past season and we expect he will have an even greater impact in the years to come."
Men's head coach Gilly Lane added, "In any organization, you constantly try to surround yourself with talented individuals who will not only push you in a positive direction individually, but the entire group as a whole. Adding Dylan to the coaching staff immediately makes our program better as he embodies all of the qualities that we want in a coach at Penn: hard work, discipline, and a love for the game. Dylan, a star at Franklin & Marshall, continued this success onto the pro tour where he was ranked in the top 100 in the world. Having him as a volunteer assistant a year ago, we have seen the growth in him as a coach and we are ecstatic to welcome him on a full time basis."
Cunningham comes to Penn from Franklin & Marshall where he graduated in three years Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Government and played squash from 2012-2015. A team built on a platform of lateral leadership, Cunningham helped the Diplomats to their best three season stretch in the program's history. He contributed to the team's top-4 finish in the nation in 2014 and two top-8 results in 2013 and 2015.
In 2015 he was awarded the Ron Epps Men's Squash Award which recognizes the team's most improved player.
On top of his collegiate success, Cunningham has worked his way to a #93 world ranking on the professional squash level and has been a three-time quarterfinalist at the U.S. National Championships.
Upon receiving the promotion Cunningham said, "As a volunteer coach this past year I got to see how Jack and Gilly have created an exceptional culture that mentors, educates and motivates hard working student-athletes. Moving into a full-time assistant position, I'm excited to be a part of this culture each day. I hope to learn from Gilly, Jack and the team and to play my part by greatly contributing to Penn's Squash pursuit of excellence."
Prior to being a volunteer assistant last season at Penn, the Ohio native coached and mentored elite level juniors to compete for national titles at the Germantown Cricket Club. He started his coaching career at the Cleveland Racquet Club running private lessons and clinics.
Joe Raho, the assistant squash coach at Brown University since 2014, was hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University men's and women's squash programs in August 2017.
Raho is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He replaces Joe McManus, who guided the Jumbos for five seasons from 2012-17.
At Brown, Raho assisted head coach Stuart leGassick with the men's and women's teams. Both programs were ranked among the College Squash Association (CSA) top 20 throughout Raho's tenure. In 2017, the Bears' women's team was ranked 11th and the men were 19th in the final CSA poll.
"I am very excited to welcome Joe to Tufts to lead our men's and women's squash teams," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "With his experiences as a student-athlete at Penn and as an assistant coach at Brown, he embodies everything we were looking for in our next head coach. He has a genuine passion for the sport and his values align completely with the ideals that we stand for at Tufts Athletics."
"The Jumbos now possess a hard-working, conscientious individual who cares deeply about the student-athlete experience," Coach leGassick said. "The squash program is in safe hands and I am already looking forward to some great Brown-Tufts matches."
Before Brown, Coach Raho was an assistant coach at Greenwich Academy as well as the assistant squash pro at Round Hill Country Club in New York.
Raho graduated from Penn in 2009 with a degree in History. He was captain of the men’s squash team during his senior year at Penn, and he was the chair of the community service committee of the Penn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be named the next head squash coach at Tufts University," Raho said. "I hope that at Tufts I can help our men and women on the varsity squash teams find that perfect balance between achieving everything they can in the classroom while still reaching their full potential in squash. Tufts seems to be a special place, and I only say that because of the countless stories I have heard from alumni, staff and current student-athletes who have told me how much the school means to them. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Jumbo family."
Prior to Penn, Raho was a two-time U.S. Junior Squash champion. In 2004, he was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Squash Championships in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Both Jumbo squash teams finished the 2016-17 season with winning records. The women posted a 17-7 record and were the #19 team in the final CSA rankings. The Tufts men were 14-10 last season and were ranked 28th nationally.Read more »
Chanel, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, came to the United States in 2012 after being recruited to play squash at Trinity College. Having both played for and coached with one of the country’s premier college squash programs, Chanel Erasmus brings a wealth of experience to The Hill School as the Director of Squash.
During her time at Trinity, she was a member of the National Championship-winning squash and crew team. She won an all-divisions National Championship for squash in 2014, after beating Harvard in the finals. Later that year the Trinity women's rowing team won the NCAA D3 team rowing championship. In 2015 her varsity boat won the NCAA Division 3 Varsity 8 National Championship in Sacramento, Calif. She was featured in Sports Illustrated as one of The Faces in the Crowd for winning back to back national championships in two sports.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Erasmus was a member of the South African National Squash Team as a junior player. She represented South Africa at the 2008 British Junior Squash Open and Scottish Open, and in 2009 Erasmus was the Under-16 age group winner in the South African National Squash Championship.
Chanel majored in theater and dance which allowed her to combine her love for the arts and athletics. Chanel was a volunteer assistant coach for the Trinity women's squash and crew team from 2015-2017 and recently completed her M.A. degree in public policy at Trinity College.