Penn Welcomes Back Coach Ann Wetzel

PHILADELPHIA - Ann Wetzel, Penn's head squash coach from 1974-1992 and national champion as a player, was honored in a reception on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania last Saturday.

The day's events included an exhibition match, featuring Penn's current All-Americans Kristen Lange and Sydney Scott. Following, all friends of Penn squash were welcomed to a lunch reception with Wetzel.

As a two-sport athlete for the Quakers' squash and tennis teams, Wetzel has left a legacy at the University. She was a member of the 1951 undefeated women's squash team where she was the Middle States tournament runner-up and Philadelphia squash racquets champion as a sophomore. Her greatest achievement came her junior year when she won a national squash championship.

As a coach, Wetzel compiled a 154-116 record from 1974-1992. In 1973 she co-founded the intercollegiate division of the Howe Cup, one of the oldest and most treasured prizes in women's squash. Wetzel also had a successful tenure as tennis coach from 1975 through 1978, with a 30-9 record. The University recognized Wetzel's achievements in 1998 when she was inducted in the Hall of Fame.

"Having Coach Wetzel back on campus, amongst the current team and many of her players, was very special," said Coach Jack Wyant. "It reminded us all what a strong tradition of excellence we have at Penn.Alumni Squash Board members Leslie Smith C'93, GED'95, Howard Coonley C'66 (chair), and the Penn Athletics development staff did a terrific job promoting and putting on a first class event."