Norm Bramall

Norm Bramall was a teaching professional at Cynwyd Club outside Philadelphia from 1942 to 1984 (as well as the men’s tennis coach at Haverford College form 1938 to 1982). He coached six different women—Jane Austin Stauffer, Lois Dilks, Margaret Varner Bloss, Ann Wetzel, Joyce Davenport and Carol Thesieres—to a national singles title, an unprecedented achievement in U.S. squash, especially considering most of them had never played squash before he introduced the game to them. Four are now in the Hall of Fame. Throughout his forty-two year coaching career, he mentored hundreds of other players, many of whom became champions in singles and doubles. One, Vic Seixas, won masters titles, as well as the U.S. and Wimbledon titles in tennis. Along with Bloss, Bramall authored a book on the game of squash. Norm Bramall died in April 1990.