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Associate Head Squash Coach
Yale University


Pam Saunders is the Associate Head Squash Coach at Yale University where she works with both the men’s and women’s teams. In 2010, the Yale women’s team won both the Ivy and National Championship crowns, while the men won the Ivy Championship for the second consecutive year and finished the season ranked 2nd nationally.

Pam has a wealth of coaching and playing experience. She is currently the Lead Coach for the US Squash Coaching Certification Program and is in her third year as one of the Junior National Team Coaches for the American team which travels to the Ontario-American Challenge in Canada every August.

She obtained a Masters in Sports and Exercise Studies at Smith College in 2008 while she worked at Mount Holyoke College as the Head Squash Coach. In her four year tenure at Mount Holyoke Pam took the team from 25th nationally to 11th, their best ever finish at that point. Saunders obtained her BSc in Psychology, with an emphasis on sports psychology, from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 2004. During her 4 years at Trinity, Pam captained the team and helped them win two back-to-back national championship titles. She was also a four-time CSA All-American. Pam hails from Zimbabwe where she was a junior and ladies’ National Champion and represented the junior national team on several occasions.

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Elm City Squash


Co-director - Elm City Squash Camp; Head coach of Cross Courts Fitness Professional - Boston, MA


Elm City Squash is excited that Simba has signed up to coach Advanced Concepts of Training Week I. He is in his 5th year as a squash professional at Cross Courts Fitness in Boston where he works with many top-ranked juniors.

He hails from Zimbabwe and attended Trinity College where helped the team win 4 of their 13 national championship titles. He was captain his senior year and was named a Second Team All American. Simba has been the head coach on many Squash and Beyond European trips which has given him the opportunity to study the game in many countries. This experience, together with his dynamic personality, makes him a versatile squash coach as he can coach any player no matter their game type. We are very fortunate to have such a talented young coach and role-model on board.


Elm City Squash prides itself on only hiring the best coaches.
This summer we are pleased to announce we have the following coaches on staff

Niki Clement – Men's and Women's Head Coach - Haverford College

Niki is the Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash at Haverford College. Prior to coaching at Haverford, Niki played the women’s pro tour, helped assist Mark Talbott at Stanford University while she obtained her Masters in Sports Management, and interned with US Squash.

Besides her accomplishments on the pro tour Niki was a 2 time All-American at Bowdoin College where she received the prestigious Lucy L. Shulman award for the most outstanding female athlete. She has the record number of wins of any player at Bowdoin. We are very excited to have her as a coach for her outstanding knowledge on training female squash players.

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Jacques Swanepoel – Head Coach - Columbia University

Jacques was named the first ever head coach at Columbia University. He was very influential in getting the program varsity status and in just one short year he has made a large impact winning the Barnaby Award for the Most Improved Team in College Squash.

Jacques was member of the Trinity Squash team where he won 4 National Championships and was captain his senior year. He was the No. 2 junior squash player in South Africa and represented his country numerous times. Before moving to Columbia he was the head pro at Fairmount Athletic Club and also helped coach local high schools. Jacques is currently one of the Junior National Team coaches for the Ont-Am Challenge and he serves on the US Squash Coaching Certification Panel as a Level I coach. His diverse playing and coaching experience makes him a great coach whom Elm City is excited to have on board.

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Luke Hammond – Men's and Women's Assistant Coach - Harvard University

Luke Hammond is an assistant coach for Harvard men's and women's squash. Hammond joined the Crimson after a three-year term at SquashBusters, an urban squash program in Boston.

At SquashBusters, he guided his players to three Urban Team National Finals and one Urban Team National Championship. He helped found and coach the SquashBusters’ AP team, an elite tournament team for ambitious and promising players. Luke also served as a coach at Power Squash Academy.

Prior to coaching at SquashBusters and Power Squash Academy, Hammond was the president and captain of Kenyon College squash. He oversaw all aspects of the emerging program including funding, scheduling, recruiting and practice planning. Hammond developed Kenyon's most competitive schedule ever, including matches against Denison, Northwestern, Navy and Rochester.

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Shaun Johnstone – Team Captain - Trinity College

captain and member of the Trinity College squash team where he played as high as number 1 and was ranked in the top 4 players in the country, Shaun won 4 national team titles.

As a junior, in Zimbabwe, he was highly successful winning a national championship title in every age group and represented Zimbabwe at many international squash events.

Currently a Head Assistant Pro at Piping Rock, Shaun has been instrumental in growing a junior membership and works closely with the Sobhy sisters. Shaun is a very talented coach who we are very lucky to have on board.

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Chris Sachvie – Men's and Women's Head Coach - Dickinson University

Sachvie will direct the implementation of the Red Devil programs as they enter their inaugural season this fall. In addition to coaching for the Division I program at Brown, Sachvie was an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University (2010-12), where he earned a master's of education, specializing in leadership.

A 2010 graduate of Cornell University with a bachelor of arts in sociology, Sachvie was a three-time All-American, a two-time All-Ivy selection and a three-year captain of the Big Red. He was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player for three consecutive years.

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Jamie King – Head Coach - Hamilton College

Jamie King is in his 15th season as head men's squash coach and director of racquet sports at Hamilton College. The Continentals won eight matches last season and competed for the Summers Cup at the 2014 College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships. Martin Bawden '14 made the NESCAC all-conference team for the third time.

King was selected the 2012 NESCAC Men's Squash Coach of the Year by his peers. Three men's squash student-athletes made the 2011-12 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. The team ended up 20th in the final CSA rankings after the CSA team championships.

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Wendy Lawrence – Women's Squash Head Coach - George Washington University

Wendy Lawrence is in her eighth season as Head Squash Coach at GW. She has served as head men's squash coach since arriving at GW in 2007. In August 2010 she was named the head coach of the women's squash program.

Lawrence elevated the women's squash program to new heights in 2013-14, leading the Colonials to their first-ever Kurtz Cup (B-Division) Championship at the College Squash Association Team Nationals. GW finished the season with its highest national ranking in program history of No. 9.

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Chris Binnie – Assistant Coach - Trinity College

Chris Binnie begins his third year as an assistant coach for the Trinity men's squash team. A two-sport athlete in squash and soccer for the Bantams, Binnie completed his squash eligibility in the spring of 2011 and his soccer career the ensuing fall. He is a 2012 graduate of the College with a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and economics. Binnie has played squash for his native Jamaica since 2000 and has won the Carribean Championship title five times. While a member the Trinity's 14-time College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship squad, Binnie posted a 52-5 record and earned All-American honors. He coached both squash and soccer for Trinity the last two seasons while earning a master's degree as a graduate assistant.

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Hameed Ahmed – Assistant Coach - Harvard University

Ahmed comes to Harvard after spending the previous two seasons at his alma mater, the University of Rochester, as an assistant coach. During his time at Rochester he made a big impact on the squash program, coaching six athletes that earned All-America honors, 10 athletes that were named All-Liberty League and one athlete that was tabbed as Liberty League Player of the Year. Ahmed saw his team win back-to-back league titles and land the No. 5 spot in the national rankings for two consecutive seasons.

During his collegiate career at Rochester, Ahmed was a three time All-America selection and served as team captain for three seasons. The squad moved from the No. 16 spot in the nation to as high as No. 2 during the 2009-10 campaign.

Ahmed has represented the Finnish men’s national team at six European Team Championships and three World Team Championships. He has won seven Finnish Junior Championships as well as three European Junior Grand Prix titles.

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Joanne Schickerling – Assistant Coach - Columbia University

Joanne Schickerling joined the men and women’s squash staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 2013. Schickerling came to Columbia after serving five seasons as an assistant coach for the Trinity College women’s squash and tennis programs.

At Trinity, she coached one of the top national squash teams to a No. 2 final ranking in the country last season. Trinity compiled a 16-2 record and went on to compete in the 2013 Howe Cup National Championship match against Harvard. Schickerling has coached some of the nation’s best squash players, including the 2009 CSA National Singles Champion and the runner-ups in 2011 and 2013.

As a squash player in South Africa, Schickerling was selected for the provincial team as well as the national U19 team. As a student athlete, she competed at Indiana State University in women’s tennis and earned a national ranking in doubles along with winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2008. During her summers, Schickerling continued to play squash by competing with her league team in South Africa and by working with national squash camps. By her senior season, she was ranked sixth in the country U19.

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Ted Childs – Head Women's Squash Coach - Connecticut College

Connecticut College named Ted Childs head women’s squash coach in August of 2013.

Childs brings more than 15 years of squash coaching experience to the Connecticut College women’s program. He has served as a squash director at Squash Busters, as head coach at Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn. and at The Williams School in New London. He teaches private lessons at two private clubs on the Connecticut shoreline, and many of the players he has worked with have achieved a national ranking. Childs has also coached two national Urban Championship winning teams and two runner up teams at the NUSEA Urban Nationals. Childs has also coached rising future college players at the LeGassick Squash camp. Childs is a board member of the WSCA Executive Board - where he serves as Awards Chair and also serves on the Ranking Committee.

Childs played collegiate squash at Franklin and Marshall College, and then played for three plus seasons at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. At Hobart, Childs played No. 1 and was a captain and member of the 1994 team that won the Jack Barnaby Award as the most improved team in the country at the Team Nationals for finishing #11 in the country. The 1994 Hobart team was the first squash team in school history to have wins over two Ivy League teams in one season.

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Sean Gibbons – Head Men's Squash Coach - Hopkins School

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Mike Harris – Strength Coach

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Gary Gargan – Cross Courts Coach - Natick, MA

Originally a member of the Zimbabwean National Team, Gary now coaches at Cross Courts in Natick, MA. He is a talented coach who uses the Games Approach, a method that uses game-like situations to teach the game. As a result his players love to learn about the game and flourish. We are excited to welcome him back for his second year.

Gary Gargan a former Zimbabwe Junior National Team player with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science from a top British University. Talented coach working out of Cross Courts in Natick, MA. His ability to think creatively allows him to connect with players across personality types and in an enjoyable manner. Gary was a tremendous help during past camps and we are excited to have him back.

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Mike Callaway – Head Pro - Lifetime Fitness Westchester, NY

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