SPA-tlight: Jonas Laursen

Jonas Laursen, Madison Squash Workshop Head Professional Where did you grow up? In a small town called Herlev, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Where did you learn to play squash? We had a rec center that was just a five minute bike ride from our house with tennis, badminton, and squash. I started playing badminton and […]

SPA-tlight: Brian Mathias

When did you first get interested in coaching? I was very fortunate to have three mentors who drew me into squash and helped me to pursue it as a career. I watched my big brother Ted compete and coach with great success. I played in college for Richard Millman, who really deepened my appreciation for […]

SPAt-light: Jessica Helal

Jessica Helal Squash Pro at Equinox Sports Club Orange County, CA What Club do you work at and what is your title? I am based out of the Equinox Sports Club in Irvine (Orange County) where I am the Squash Manager and Head Coach, and very recently my territory expanded to include the Equinox Sports […]

SPA-tlight: Sunny Hunt

Sunny Hunt, Director of Sunny Squash Miami (FL), Coach of University of Miami Squash Team Sunny Hunt is a former top PSA player and has won numerous titles including the Australian Championship. He runs a junior and adult program in Miami, FL, is a US Squash regional coach and regional referee. Hunt coaches all levels of […]

SPA-tlight: John Rooney

John Rooney, Head Professional, Buffalo Tennis and Squash  Buffalo, New York John is the two-time Irish National Champion, winning the title in 2009 and 2010. He rose to a high of world No. 52, including a win at the West of Ireland PSA Tour event in 2007. After a year as an assistant coach at Yale […]

SPA-tlight: Linda Elriani

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the South East of England in a small town called Heathfield, which is where my parents, sister and niece still live Who gave you your first squash lesson? My first squash lesson was with Glen Winterton, a good squash player at our local squash club. It […]

SPA-tlight: Mark Allen

Mark Allen, Director of squash at Boar’s Head Sports Club, Coach of UVA squash teams  What is your first squash memory? Growing up in Colchester, Essex, in England, my first memory of squash is playing with my dad at the local leisure center with a wooden racquet, dead ball and concrete floors. It’s really a wonder that I kept going! […]

SPA-tlight: Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson, Squash Pro at CityView Racquet Club, Long Island City, NY Where did you grow up? I grew up in Jacksonville, Alabama, a small southern city in the U.S. No one played squash there, but we did have a tennis court at our house when I was a kid. When and why did you start playing squash? I started […]

SPA-tlight: Nigel Thain

Nigel Thain, Squash Pro at Philadelphia Country Club, Philadelphia, PA Where did you grow up? I grew up in Ottawa, Canada, and moved to the United States in 1995 to be the Assistant Squash Professional at the Chatham Club in New Jersey. When and why did you start playing squash? I started playing squash a bit when […]