US Squash has hired James Neiderer to serve as General Manager of the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. Neiderer will oversee all programming at the Specter Center including community engagement, championships and events, junior squash, professional development, and high-performance programs. Neiderer will support the design and construction of the facility in anticipation of its Fall 2020 opening.
“We are fortunate to have James join the US Squash team,” said Kevin Klipstein, US Squash President & CEO. “The expertise he has accumulated in facility and program management makes him perfectly suited to bring the ambitious vision of the Specter Center to life.”
Prior to US Squash, James spent twelve years leading the University of Virginia-owned Boar’s Head Sports Club, where he managed its robust squash and tennis programs in addition to a suite of programs, services and amenities for the resort, club and university. During this tenure, he oversaw the completion of the sixteen-court McArthur Squash Center, one of the world’s leading squash facilities and host to multiple U.S. Championships and the 2018 World Masters Championships. Neiderer has more than twenty years of experience in club management and holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in public relations. James, his wife, Tara and son, Zach are sports enthusiasts and enjoy playing squash and tennis.
“I am delighted to join US Squash as General Manager of the Specter Center,” said Neiderer. “This project will transform the landscape of squash in the U.S., and I’m eager to begin working with my colleagues and our partners to ensure the facility is ready to serve all aspects of the squash community upon its opening next year.”
“James brings a set of skills that will help the Specter Center maximize its potential to reach the community and forward US Squash’s mission,” said Ned Edwards, Executive Director of the Specter Center. “We are excited for him to get started at this crucial phase for program development and with construction now underway.”
Located just two blocks from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station in the historic Armory building, the Specter Center will dramatically accelerate US Squash’s progress towards its mission centered around access, community, excellence and sportsmanship. The Specter Center will feature eighteen singles courts—including two all-glass exhibition courts—and two doubles courts, serve as US Squash’s national headquarters, the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame, house a Learning & Innovation Center and offer elite athletes state-of-the-art development resources including a Coaching Excellence Center and coordination with Drexel University’s robust capabilities as a major Division I athletic program. The Specter Center will serve as a model for community engagement, operating in partnership with SquashSmarts, Philadelphia’s award-winning out-of-school squash and education program.