Taft School Squash Camp
Taft School Squash Camp
July 26 - July 31, 2020
Extended Day $1395.00
Day Camp $1195.00
The Donald F. McCullough '42 Athletic Center was built to convey the mission statement of Taft School’s athletic program, “one of the greatest things we can teach our students is to enjoy athletics and to understand the importance of a life-long commitment to fitness.” This building showcases 8 air-conditioned international glass backed squash courts, ideal for camp training. Campers will enjoy staying among this beautiful 220-acre campus easily accessible from Albany, Boston and New York by plane, train, bus or car!
About Our Coaches
Head Squash Coach Paul Assaiante enters his 25th season as Trinity College Head Men's Squash Coach in 2018-19, after guiding the Bantams to a 19-1 record, an 11th consecutive NESCAC Championship title and their 16th College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship crown in recent years.
Assaiante guided Trinity to 13 consecutive CSA National titles from 1999 to 2011 and 252 wins in a row which is the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports. Coach Assaiante has also recently returned to international coaching as the US Squash Coach, leading the men to a best-ever finish at the World Championship in Paderborn, Germany in '11 and the U.S. Junior Team to a best-ever 8th place finish in the 2012 World Championships in Qatar.
Assaiante’s professional athletic career was nothing short of spectacular. He was one-half of the U.S. national doubles championship duo in 1994 and captured the USSRA 50-and-over men’s squash title in 2004. Joining Assaiante will be members of the Trinity Squash Coaching Staff and Team.
Joe Raho, the assistant squash coach at Brown University since 2014, was hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University men's and women's squash programs in August 2017.
Raho is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He replaces Joe McManus, who guided the Jumbos for five seasons from 2012-17.
At Brown, Raho assisted head coach Stuart leGassick with the men's and women's teams. Both programs were ranked among the College Squash Association (CSA) top 20 throughout Raho's tenure. In 2017, the Bears' women's team was ranked 11th and the men were 19th in the final CSA poll.
Before Brown, Coach Raho was an assistant coach at Greenwich Academy as well as the assistant squash pro at Round Hill Country Club in New York.
Raho graduated from Penn in 2009 with a degree in History. He was captain of the men’s squash team during his senior year at Penn, and he was the chair of the community service committee of the Penn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Prior to Penn, Raho was a two-time U.S. Junior Squash champion. In 2004, he was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Squash Championships in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Both Jumbo squash teams finished the 2016-17 season with winning records. The women posted a 17-7 record and were the #19 team in the final CSA rankings. The Tufts men were 14-10 last season and were ranked 28th nationally.
Ryan Tyree is Mercersburg's director of squash and a member of the English faculty. He arrived from Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., where he taught English and served as a dormitory head in addition to holding head-coaching positions in boys' squash and boys' tennis (for seven years apiece). Ryan coached a U.S. Squash Division 6 Nationals-champion team at Williston, and has worked with legendary coach Paul Assaiante on many squash events over the years.
He previously taught and coached at Eaglebrook School and taught summer-session classes at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts, as well as master's degrees in English literature from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and in secondary education from the University of Phoenix. His wife, Haley, is the testing coordinator in the Office of College Counseling. The Tyrees have two children.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Phoenix( M. Ed); Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English (M. English)
Check in/out: Overnight Campers check in between 1:00-2:00pm on the first day. Day & Extended Day Campers check in at 2:00pm on the first day. Check out for everyone is at 12pm on the last day.
Age & Ability: Camp is open to ages 10-18 of all ability levels.
Meals Provided: Overnight campers- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Extended Day Campers- Lunch and Dinner; Day Campers- Lunch Only
Evening Activities: After dinner, campers will enjoy more social activities including: movie night, ice cream socials, exhibition matches, recreational sports and workshops on recruiting, fitness, and leadership.
My son attended the International Squash Academy camp this summer and loved it. The coaches really take the time to focus on each individual player’s strength and weaknesses. His skills have improved tremendously. He had a lot of fun and made a ton of new friends as well. This is definitely a camp that he will be attending again, and highly recommended to friends.
Squash is an incredibly competitive sport and these campers were able to be competitive and have fun at the same time which is great and exactly what we look for at camp! We want them to grow as players but also make friends in the process. All of the kids who attended camp have improved their skills immensely. It makes our jobs as coaches a lot easier when the kids are intrigued and willing to learn! It was a great and successful summer of camp!
This camp was definitely one of my favorite parts of the summer. I really enjoyed my time there and I met a lot of new friends. I wasn’t the strongest squash player but with the right coaching and the one on one time my skills were greatly improved by the end of the camp. I now feel more comfortable playing in tournaments and I am more confident as a player. Thank you to the staff for your awesome coaching!
We really appreciated the individual attention the coaches gave to our two kids. They really took the time to go over what our daughter needs to work on to improve her game. Our son asked if he could bring his racquet on our family vacation.
Thanks so much for a great week of squash. The staff worked incredibly hard with Lisa and she can't wait to get back on the court. She is really looking forward to returning next summer.