PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania Head Coach of Squash, Jack Wyant, has announced Gilly Lane, a 2007 Penn graduate, as his assistant for the 2010-11 season.
"Gilly is an exceptional player and person," said Wyant who enters his first year with the men's program and seventh with the women. "Penn squash will benefit tremendously by bringing one of our all-time greats back into the fold as a coach. Gilly will bring energy and enthusiasm to practice and matches, and off the court he will help with recruiting the best student-athletes from around the world."
"It is an honor returning as a coach to the University of Pennsylvania," said Lane. "Penn is such a great institution that instills great qualities in its student-athletes, providing them with the tools not only to succeed on the playing fields and in the classroom while undergrads, but in life after school. The squash program at Penn has always been close to my heart, and I am so happy that I can now help the program move forward."
Lane had an impressive college career, 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.
The Philadelphia native has won three Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles and represented the US National Team since 2007. In 2009 and 2010 he was the runner-up at the US Nationals, and he has reached seven PSA Tour finals. Lane has been ranked second in the United States and as high as 48th in the world.
"I feel that the past three years, playing international competition on the PSA circuit, has given me the knowledge and mindset that is needed to be successful on the squash court," said Lane. "I am hoping that this not only helps improve our players on the court, but also makes them better student-athletes."
"I also learned so much from my coach at Penn, Craig Thorpe-Clark, who instilled so many positive qualities in his players," he continued. His daily determination and care for his players is something that everybody should aspire to. It was this passion during his 11 years which brought Penn men's squash to one of the best programs in the country. I just hope that I can have the same impact on the current crop of players that he had on me and my teammates."
"I want to thank the Penn Athletic Department as well as Jack Wyant for this opportunity. I have come to know Jack very well during the past seven years, and I am so excited to be working with him to bring Penn squash to the top of the intercollegiate rankings."
Lane graduated from Penn in 2007 with a B.A. in American History.