Gilly Lane C’07 re-joined the Penn squash programs as an assistant coach in July 2013, and recently complete his second season as an assistant coach under Jack Wyant at Penn.
In March of 2015, Lane was selected U.S. Squash men’s team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada in July.
Lane helped guide the Penn women's squash team that went a perfect 7-0 in the Ivy League claiming the program's third Ivy League championship. The Quakers went on to finish the season 14-3 overall, and fourth in the country after the CSA Howe Cup. Three players were named CSA All-America - Anaka Alankamony and Marie Stephan first-team, and Yan Xin Tan second-team - and three were named All-Ivy.
Also assisting the men's team, Penn finished the season with a 9-8 overall record and a 3-4 Ivy League record. The Quakers reached the CSA Potter Cup for consecutive season for the first time since 2008-09 and finished seventh in the country. Freshman Marwan Mahmoud earned CSA Second-team All-America and was named to the All-Ivy team.
In his return, Lane helped lead the men's team to a No. 8 ranking in the country and their first CSA Potter Cup since 2009, and the women's team to a No. 4 ranking in 2013-14.
Previously, the 2007 Penn graduate spent the 2010-11 season with the programs. That year, the women finished the 2010-11 season ranked fifth in the nation, while the men advanced to the Hoehn Cup final.
Lane’s hiring adds to an already impressive list of duties that he currently holds including assistant coach with the United States Junior Boys’ National Team; US Squash Board member; athlete representative for US Squash to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC); and member of US Squash’s Nominating Committee. In addition, he is owner of GL Squash and the GL Squash Camp.
The Philadelphia native has won three Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles, reached eight PSA Tour finals, and held a world ranking as high as 48th -- the second-best ranking ever for an American.
A member of the US National Team since 2007, Lane has been runner-up at the US Nationals four times. In 2011, he helped the U.S. team to seventh at the World Championships in Paderborn, Germany, the team’s best finish at that event. Lane also was a member of the United States’ gold medal-winning men’s team at the 2008 Pan American Games in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Lane had an impressive college career at Penn, earning All-America, All-Ivy, and team MVP all four years, as well as serving as captain as a junior and senior. He was also the first Penn player to receive the College Squash Association's (CSA) Skillman Award, given to a player who exemplifies leadership, sportsmanship, and achievement over his career.
Lane graduated from Penn in 2007 with a B.A. in American History.