PHILADELPHIA --Gilly Lane, associate head coach of squash at the University of Pennsylvania, recently returned from the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he served as a coach for U.S. Squash. Lane helped lead Team USA to a record medal haul at the Games as the Americans led all nations with six medals.
Serving as head coach of the men's team, Lane guided the United States to a bronze medal in the team competition and helped Christopher Gordon and Christopher Hanson win bronze in doubles.
"Having played and coached in international competition before, I thought I would know what to expect from the experience and culture of the event, however I was blown away in Toronto," Lane said. "Being surrounded by the other elite athletes was inspiring. We had the opportunity to see what made them tick as athletes. Their focus and passion for their craft undoubtedly showcased why they are some of the best athletes in the world."
Lane was proud of what Team USA accomplished on the courts.
"At the Pan Am Games, the most important thing is to win the medal count for your country," he said. "The men's side definitely helped that cause. Working with these players on a daily basis was an honor. I have played against them all before, and it was great to be on the same side, trying to help guide them in their quest."
Lane was a standout player for the Penn men’s squash team 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.
As a professional, he won three Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles, reached eight PSA Tour finals, and held a world ranking as high as 46th -- the second-best ranking ever for an American.
In 2011, Lane 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. He has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2007.
A 2007 Penn grad, Lane begins his fourth overall season as a coach at his alma mater and third during his second stint. This June, he was elevated to Associate Head Coach following a year in which the women's team won its first Ivy League championship since 2008 and had three CSA All-Americans while the men's team advanced to the Potter Cup for the second consecutive season and had freshman Marwan Mahmoud named All-American.