Wendy Lawrence, the head coach of the George Washington University Men’s and Women’s Squash programs and a veteran leader in the Washington, D.C. and college squash communities, announced her retirement on Tuesday. Lawrence spent the last 12 years as Head Coach at GW, leading the men’s team since 2007 and the women’s team since 2010.
Since her playing days as an undergraduate at Vassar College, Lawrence has been a fixture in squash circles in the United States, influencing players at all levels. Now, over 40 years later, she leaves a legacy that will be remembered and revered for years to come.
Most recently, Lawrence has lead the GW squash teams to program bests for both of the teams and for individuals on each team. In 2019, the men’s program won its second straight Hoehn Cup with two student-athletes, senior Mahmoud Abdel-Maksoud and sophomore Mohammed Al-Terki, earning All-America honors. The GW women reached their highest team ranking of seventh in 2015, one year after their first Kurtz Cup victory. Sophomore Zoe Foo Yuk Han became the highest ranked individual player in GW women’s program history in 2019 when she finished the season ranked 12th.
In addition to her impressive leadership at George Washington, Lawrence also provided crucial guidance to the College Squash Association. For four years from 2013 to 2017, Lawrence filled the critical role of President of the Women’s College Squash Association. Then, in 2017, as the movement to create a single board to oversee college squash took shape, Lawrence took the reins again, stepping into the roles of Board Member, Coaches Advisory Committee leader, and Women’s Subcommittee Chair with aplomb.
“I have been coaching squash for over forty years at the club, high school and now college level and as much as I have loved every year, I feel it is time to pass the torch to another,” Lawrence stated. “I am proud of the work I have been involved with at the CSA over the past six years, and it has been an invaluable experience for me to have gotten to work everyone in the college squash community.”
The George Washington Athletics Department published a glowing tribute to Lawrence on Tuesday written by graduating senior captain Brooke Feldman. The article can be found here. For a comprehensive account of Lawrence’s career and well-deserved accolades, please view her bio on the the GW Athletics website.