PHILADELPHIA – Former University of Pennsylvania standout player, and current assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs Gilly Lane, has been tabbed to lead the U.S. Squash men’s team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada this coming July.
Lane will coach the three man team that will compete in individual competition, doubles competition, and the team format in the week-long event this summer. For Lane, the 2015 Games are the first that the University of Pennsylvania coach has been involved in as either a player or coach.
“I can’t wait to lead these three guys. It’s an absolute honor to be a part of the Games. I know the team is extremely excited to pull on the red, white, and blue, and aim for as many medals as possible,” said Lane speaking to U.S. Squash.
“This is the tournament for the national team program that’s the pinnacle of our sport, and what we work toward every four years.”
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.
Returning to Penn as an assistant coach the past two seasons, the Quakers men’s team has reached the CSA Potter Cup for consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09, finishing 2015 ranked seventh in the country. the Penn women’s team claimed its third Ivy League championship in 2015, and continued its run of CSA Howe Cup appearances, finishing the season ranked fourth.
For more information on the 2015 Pan Am Games, visit the official website.
U.S. Squash 2015 Pan American Games Release