PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Head Coach of Squash, Jack Wyant, has announced the promotion of Gilly Lane C’07 to Associate Head Coach. The move is effective July 1.
“I met Gilly in 2004, his sophomore year at Penn, and fully appreciate his passion for the University and the squash programs,” said Wyant, who enters his 12th year at Penn and his sixth overseeing both the men’s and women’s programs. “We worked together in 2010 while he was finishing up a professional playing career, and Gilly joined the staff on a full-time basis in 2013. With the support of our Athletics Director, Dr. Grace Calhoun, and the Penn Squash Board, I am extremely excited to announce that we have taken the necessary steps to keep Gilly home.”
Lane -- who graduated from Penn in 2007 and also served as an assistant coach with the Quakers for the 2010-11 season -- enters his third year back with the squash program in 2015-16. Last year, the Penn women went a perfect 7-0 in Ivy League play to earn the program’s first Ancient Eight title since 2008 and third overall. They also spent time at the top of the national rankings before finishing fourth at the College Squash Association’s (CSA) Howe Cup. Three players were named CSA All-America and All-Ivy; all of them return this season.
On the men’s side, Penn has advanced to the CSA’s Potter Cup each of the last two years; in fact, Penn’s entry into the national championship bracket in 2013-14 -- Lane’s first year back as an assistant coach -- was the program’s first since 2009. Last year, freshman Marwan Mahmoud earned All-Ivy and second-team CSA All-America recognition.
A three-time Professional Squash Association (PSA) champion as a player, Lane has already built an impressive resume as a coach; in fact, later this month he will coach the United States men’s team at the Pan American Games in Toronto. He has also been an assistant coach with the U.S. Junior Boys’ National Team.