Since May 2017, the Intercollegiate Squash Association has been lead by a Board of Directors.
The Board of ten Directors includes five independent directors, four coaches and a US Squash representative who serves in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.
John Nimick 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.
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 a graduate of Harvard Law School and most recently served as Executive Director of Squash On Fire, a 19,000 square foot public squash facility in Washington D.C. Before Squash On Fire, Margaret worked for over six years at Georgetown Law as an assistant dean and academic advisor. Prior to Georgetown, she was a senior associate with WilmerHale in its Boston and D.C. offices, working on executive compensation, employee benefits and not-for-profit tax issues. Margaret has previously filled important roles in squash governance on the US Squash Board of Review from 2008 to 2011 and the inaugural College Squash Association Adjudication Committee from 2017 to 2019.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Laikind, an Army veteran, has had a long and broad career in finance and business. He started his career with Marine Midland Trust Company and David J. Greene & Company before becoming assistant vice president A.G. Becker & Company in 1967. He was a vice president at Wertheim & Company from 1970 to 1983, and managing director of Furman Selz Capital Management, Prudential Bache Investment Management, and Shikiar Asset Management, Inc. He has served on many corporate boards of directors as a result of these varied roles. He holds an MBA from NYU.
Jeffrey has served in numerous leadership roles including as vice president of the U.S. Committee Sports for Israel (1981) and General Chairman of the United States Maccabiah Team for 12 years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1989), the Wingate Institute in Israel (1985), and as Vice Chairman of the New York City Opera (1975-1985). In 2015, he became President of the reorganized New York City Opera. In 2013, he was asked to join the newly reconstituted Board of the Harlem School of the Arts, where he was instrumental in obtaining a $6 million donation, which has now revitalized this cultural icon in Harlem. Jeffrey was President of the Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association for four years where he helped grow membership from 6,000 to 11,000.
Jeffrey was a member of the first team Cornell University fielded in 1955, and played age division squash consistently for over six decades. He earned a Bronze Medal in squash at the Maccabiah Games in 1981 and 1985. Jeffrey co-founded Street Squash in 1998 and served as its chairman for a decade until it opened the eight court center in Harlem. He serves on the Squash + Education Alliance’s Board of Advisors.
Gilly Lane became the Head Men’s Coach at the University of Pennsylvania in March of 2016 after returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2013. Having just completed his fourth season with the Red and Blue, Gilly has led the Quakers to a 48-22 record, finishing second in the Ivy League the past two seasons. In 2020, The Quakers reached the Potter Cup final for the first time in program history, defeating #2 Trinity in the semifinal for the first time since 1996. The Quakers set several programs records in the 2019-2020 season with nine shutout victories, four players being named All-American, and receiving the Sloane Award for sportsmanship. Gilly played for the Quakers from 2003-2007, where he was a four-time All-American and All-Ivy selection and the winner of the Skillman Award his senior year. After college, Gilly represented Team USA and competed on the PSA World Tour from 2007-2013, making seven PSA finals and winning three of them.
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.
Joanne Schickerling is the associate head coach for the men’s and women’s squash programs at Columbia University. Joanne started at Columbia in 2013 and helped lead the men’s team to a program-first Ivy league title in 2018 and the women’s team to a program-high ranking of 5th in the country. The women’s team has ranked in the top 8 for the last six consecutive seasons. Prior to Columbia, Joanne served five seasons as an assistant coach for the Trinity College women’s squash and tennis programs. While at Trinity, the squash team compiled a 16-2 record and went on to compete in the 2013 Howe Cup National Championship final. The Trinity tennis team was ranked in the top 20 in the country during her tenure. In 2013, Joanne was awarded the ITA Division III National Assistant tennis coach of the year award. As a squash player in South Africa, Joanne was selected to the junior national team and played number one on her provincial team. She competed at Indiana State University in women’s tennis, winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2008 and helping her team qualify for the NCAA DI National Tournament.
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
- Class 2: Richard Chin and Jeffrey Laikind
- Class 3: Zerline Goodman and Margaret Gerety