PHILADELPHIA - US Squash has recognized three coaches with the 2009 U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year honors, and that trio includes Penn women's coach Jack Wyant who was honored as the program's National Coach of the Year.
As a result of this honor, Wyant is also nominated to be selected as the USOC Coach of the Year among all National Sports Governing Bodies. He received the honor after leading the 2009 U.S. Junior Women's Team to a fourth-place finish at the World Championships, matching their best finish ever. Wyant has overseen the Junior Women's team since 2006.
At Penn, Wyant has certainly set the bar for success. This year's team finished 13-3 overall and advanced to the championship match at the Howe Cup, the sport's national championship event. Senior Kristen Lange earned first-team All-America for the fourth straight season, while senior Sydney Scott and freshman Nabilla Ariffin were second-team All-America. The Quakers were Howe Cup finalists under Wyant in 2007-08, as well, and won the Ivy League title that season.
The other two people honored by US Squash along with Wyant were Terry Eagle of the Cate School in California (Developmental Coach of the Year) and Alec Wysoker, who was recognized as the Volunteer Coach of the Year for his work with SquashBusters, an urban program in Boston.