As squash has expanded in the U.S. in the past decade, so has the need for high-quality qualified coaches to help sustain and continue this growth in a safe and healthy way. The coaching community is essential to the sport in the U.S., and supporting coaches to help ensure their success is something we take seriously.
US Squash also takes its commitment to Safe Sport and its role in ensuring the community’s compliance seriously. We do so in order to provide the safest training, playing and competitive environment for the entire squash community.
To effectively engage in all the programs US Squash delivers, partnering with the coaching community is essential. US Squash delivers programs with teaching professionals and coaches including the delivery and support of the accredited tournament structure, provision of high-quality software tools to facilitate programming and competitions, administration of the Safe Sport program designed to protect coaches and athletes, as well as coach and referee certifications and continuing education opportunities.
To formalize this multi-faceted interaction between US Squash and the coaching community, we are pleased to announce the release of the Coach Pass program. Coach Pass will ensure all of us are playing our role in providing a safe and healthy environment for the entire squash community through appropriate certifications and clear credentials, while recognizing and connecting member coaches who are qualified to deliver and interact with US Squash programs.
Beginning January 11, 2023, all coaches must be Coach Pass members to coach at US Squash accredited junior tournaments and act as a tournament director of a US Squash accredited tournament. US Squash encourages all families to ensure that the coaches with whom they work are aware of Coach Pass.
Please see here to learn more and follow the steps to obtain a Coach Pass Membership.
Enhancing Support of Coaches
US Squash is pleased to welcome Linda Elriani to our team in the role of Senior Director of Professional Development and Programming. Elriani started this fall and brings exceptional experience as a world-class player, coach, and administrator. Her background will allow us to broaden our support of the coaching community, as they in turn serve the community of players and grow the sport.
Elriani is a former world No. 3, representing her home country of England over 100 times, highlighted by captaining the English national team to a World Team Championship in 2000. Linda is passionate about coaching and moved to the U.S. in 2006 with her husband, fellow squash teaching professional Laurent Elriani. She was previously the Director of Squash at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn for 15 years, coaching and mentoring countless players of every age and level. In that role, she ran many events including large accredited junior tournaments and the Carol Weymuller Open on the PSA World Tour.