Philadelphia Jack Wyant has been named the new women’s squash coach at the University of Pennsylvania. A four-year letterwinner at Princeton University, Wyant heads to Philadelphia after spending the past year as the squash professional at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass.
“Jack has outstanding leadership skills which are apparent through his undergraduate squash success and enthusiastic personality,” Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky, W’71 said. “I welcome him to our department and look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
The game of squash has been in Wyant’s blood for over 15 years. While at Princeton, he was a three-time All-American and four-time All-Ivy League squash team member. Wyant helped lead the Tigers to the 1993 National Team Championship, while also earning the Intercollegiate Doubles Championship. He was a three-year captain and still holds the distinction as the only three-year captain in the history of Princeton squash. Wyant was a two-time recipient of Princeton’s George C. McFarland Trophy for Leadership and Sportsmanship and was named the 1992 Intercollegiate Squash Rookie of the Year.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be at Penn,” Wyant said. “I plan to do my best to improve upon the recent success that Penn has already achieved. I am eager to get started and am looking forward to having a great season.”
Wyant was selected to represent the United States in international squash competitions four times throughout his squash career. In all, he won five national championships, including several before college. Wyant spent three years as a touring professional and achieved rankings of No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 16 in North America. He has traveled the globe, twice representing the U.S. in international competition at the Pan-American Fed Games, as well as playing in tournaments in England, Europe and Central America. Not only did he put his squash skills to use, but Wyant also created and executed a business plan to generate financial support through sponsorships to bring a Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournament to Cincinnati in 1998.
After leaving the squash world, Wyant served as an assistant brand manager for Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio for four years. During that time he helped develop several concept testing processes and excecuted multiple online and offline marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Wyant also spent time as an analyst, operations manager and sales representative for several entrepreneurial ventures in New York and Cincinnati.
Wyant returned to squash in 2003 when he was named the head coach of Milton Academy’s women’s squash program. His team at Milton went undefeated (13-0) during the 2003-04 season, which included an overall individual varsity record of 83-8. His duties at Milton included handling communications and management issues with the athletic department, parents and alumni, creating a Senior Day to honor the Class of 2004, and instituting a Girls’ Squash Alumni Day to facilitate interaction between past and present players.
Written by Carla Zighelboim