Since May 2017, the College Squash Association has been led by a Board of Directors.
The board of eleven directors includes six independent directors, four coaches and a US Squash representative who serves in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.
John Nimick (Board Chair) is a former professional squash player and current event organizer and promoter. He was one of the leading hardball squash players in the United States in the 1980s. Following his retirement as a professional player, he has become a central figure in the development of professional squash in the United States. He formed an event promotion firm, Event Engine Inc., to run international squash tournaments, including the U.S. Open in Boston, the Tournament of Champions in New York City, the Netsuite Open in San Francisco, and the Canadian Squash Classic in Toronto, Ontario. John served as president of the professional hardball squash association from 1988 to 1990, and as executive director of the professional softball squash association from 1994 to 1999.
While at Princeton, John captained the 1981 national championship team, the same year he won the national individual intercollegiate title and was awarded the Skillman Award for Sportsmanship. He won the US national championship the next year, and then turned professional, becoming a leading player on the North American hardball squash tour and winning several major titles. John has represented the United States at the 1983 and 1985 World Team Squash Championships. He was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in 2006, and was honored with its President’s Cup in 2011.
Will Carlin has almost twenty years of sports management experience, serving on the Executive Committees and Boards of Directors of both the US Olympic Committee and the US Squash Association. He also served on the Athlete’s Advisory Council on the Olympic Committee for two terms. He has been the back-page columnist of Squash Magazine for the past twenty years, and is a world-renowned Master of Ceremonies for four of the largest major professional squash tournaments. He is the founder and CEO of Speakable LLC, a boutique public speaking and presentation firm.
Will earned three first-team All American and All-Ivy honors while at Yale (’85). He went on to become a world-ranked squash player on the men’s professional touring circuit (where he achieved the highest world ranking ever by an American man), won the U.S. National Championship and was the United States’ #1 ranked player in 1990 and 1995. Will has won three national championships, has competed in the World Championships and the Pan Am Games and has marched in the opening ceremonies in two Olympic Games.
Richard Chin joins the Board with over four decades of experience in squash. One of the most well known faces on the U.S. squash scene, Richard is a celebrated player and coach, known for his sportsmanship, strategic advice, and unwavering composure. Richard has been the Head Professional at the Harvard Club of New York for over two decades. He has served on the Board of Street Squash from its inception and is a former Board member of U.S. Squash.
Richard was a 4-time All American at Cornell (’91) and an inductee of Cornell’s Athletic and Squash Halls of Fame. He was the recipient of the CSA’s 1991 Skillman Collegiate Trophy, an award bestowed to the player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career. As a master’s player, he was a 3-time S.L Green Finalist and 4-time US Masters 45+ champion. He received U.S. Squash’s Robert W. Callahan Sportsmanship Award in 2016.
Between 1992 and 2007, Richard was a fixture on the U.S. men’s national team, representing the US at the Pan American Games and five World Championships. Richard was born in Guyana where he was 7-time junior Caribbean Junior Champion and a member of the Men’s national team since 2010 after playing 14 years for the U.S.
Margaret Gerety is an executive resume writer and career transition specialist. Before joining the CSA board, Margaret served in a number of squash governance roles, including the US Squash Board of Review and the inaugural College Squash Association Adjudication Committee. Margaret graduated from Harvard Law School and worked in the Boston and DC offices of WilmerHale on executive compensation, employee benefits, and not-for-profit tax matters. After leaving the law firm, Margaret was an assistant dean and academic advisor at Georgetown University Law Center. Most recently, Margaret led operations at Squash On Fire, a public, all-access squash facility in downtown Washington, DC.
Margaret captained the 2001 national championship team at Harvard and was a 4-time first-team All American and 1999 IVY League Rookie of the Year. She was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2017. Margaret grew up in Philadelphia and represented the U.S. in the 1997 World Junior Championships and as a member of the 1998 and 2001 women’s national teams.
Edgardo Gonzalez is the Director of Squash at the Squash and Education Alliance (SEA), where he oversees SEA’s squash programming by organizing national and regional tournaments, and managing elite squash development camps throughout the school year and summer. Edgardo is an alumnus of CitySquash in the Bronx and, prior to joining SEA’s staff, spent six years at StreetSquash Harlem, most recently serving as the Senior Squash Director.
During his time at StreetSquash, Edgardo managed a team of squash coaches and over 150 students’ squash progress. He developed curriculum, coordinated matches and tournaments, and introduced an elite squash program for high performing players, which he managed. Edgardo graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College (’13) where he studied psychology and captained the varsity squash team.
Zerline Goodman is the managing partner of the firm that she founded in 1993, which concentrates on residential real estate and business and personal law services. A graduate of Albany Law School, she advises clients on a wide range of real estate matters, including the purchase, sale and financing of co-ops, condominiums, houses and commercial properties, as well as trust and estate matters, partnership agreements, tenant-in-common agreements and other delicate financial and personal matters. For the last two decades, Zerline has served as the President of Coop Board for her 27-unit building and as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator for Brooklyn Civil Court. She also currently serves as the president of the Yale Squash friends organization.
Zerline was a 4-time All-American at Yale (’84) and led Yale to the national championships her senior year. Zerline is a former professional squash player and national champion. She played a key role in support of the Tournament of Champions in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Mark Allen is the head coach of the University of Virginia’s men’s and women’s squash teams, overseeing the transition of the teams from club to varsity status in 2017. The only coach in Virginia Squash’s short history, Mark has guided the meteoric rise of both teams from Top-50-ranked club teams to national contenders in the top eight of the national varsity standings. Prior to Virginia, Mark refined his coaching craft at junior and elite levels both internationally and domestically with positions in Capetown, South Africa, San Francisco, California, Washington, D.C., and Guernsey, England. He has been awarded national coach of the year honors in South Africa (2008) and the United States (2005) and is an England Squash Elite Level IV certified coach. Mark competed internationally as a junior and a professional, ultimately earning a world ranking as high as 41. For the past two years, Mark has been an integral member of the CSA Nominating and Governance Committee.
Lynn Leong was named the Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash at Yale University, which includes head coaching responsibilities, in 2021 after serving as an assistant and associate head coach there since 2017. Lynn is the first ever woman to coach the men’s squash program at Yale. Thanks in part to Lynn’s coaching efforts, the Yale women’s team finished ranked No. 3 in the country at the end of the 2019-2020 season. As a college player, Lynn was a three-time First Team All-America selection for Trinity College, helping the Bantams to win two national collegiate team championships. Originally from Malaysia, Lynn came to the United States in 1999 to attend high school and compete interscholastically. Prior to joining the Yale coaching staff, Lynn honed her coaching skills at the New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, CT and the Apawamis Club in Rye, NY.
Mark Lewis took over the reins of the men’s and women’s squash programs at Middlebury College in the spring of 2015. He came to Middlebury from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia where he served as head coach for six seasons leading both the girls’ and boys’ teams to regional championships. Mark graduated from Trinity College in 1993 and was a member of both the squash and lacrosse teams. During his collegiate squash career, Mark was selected as an All-American his junior year and served as the men’s team captain during his senior year. After graduating from Trinity, Mark was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team where he was ranked in the top five in the country and represented the U.S. at the Pan American Federation Championships in Medellin, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico. Mark joined the PSA Tour from 1995 to 2002 and achieved a ranking of 106. He has coaching experience as the U.S. Men’s Junior National coach in 2000 and at Georgetown University. Lewis has also served as the chairperson of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association Men’s Committee from 2002 through 2006 and was a board member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association from 1997 until 2003.
Mike MacDonald has been the head coach of the men’s and women’s squash programs at Connecticut College since 2017, where he has built well-respected, competitive, and diverse teams. Mike arrived at Conn College after an impactful stint in the Chicago squash community, spending time in the interscholastic, Squash and Education Alliance (SEA), private club, and collegiate club coaching worlds. He brings valuable leadership experience to the coach board position beyond his coaching acumen with experience as the assistant tournament director at the Windy City Open, as squash director at MetroSquash in Chicago, and as league administrator for the Chicagoland Squash Conference for high school teams in the Chicago metropolitan area. Mike played on the squash team at Denison University during his undergraduate years and has used that experience, along with that from his professional roles, to help chair the CSA Emerging Teams Task Force.
The classes were established to stagger the terms of the Independent Directors who serve a maximum of two three-year terms.
- Class 1: John Nimick and Will Carlin
- Class 2: Richard Chin and Edgardo Gonzalez
- Class 3: Zerline Goodman and Margaret Gerety
The coaches serve in two-year terms which can be renewed up to three times in a row. The coaches’ current terms will expire as follows:
- 2023: Lynn Leong and Mark Lewis
- 2024: Mark Allen and Mike MacDonald