PHILADELPHIA – Emery Maine Greenwood, a two-time College Squash Association (CSA) All-America at Princeton during her collegiate days, has been named assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania squash programs. The announcement was made by Penn’s Director of Squash, Jack Wyant.
Although she played at Princeton, Maine Greenwood is no stranger to Penn Squash. In addition to her four years competing against the Red and Blue, she watched her younger brother, Jack, play four years of squash at Penn where he was a two-time team captain before graduating in 2015.
“We are very pleased to welcome Emery Maine Greenwood to the Penn Squash coaching staff and family,” said Wyant. “She is no stranger to Ringe. As a student‐athlete at Princeton she was a tenacious competitor who almost always won. In the rare instances when she didn’t, she lost with grace and poise. Post‐college, her allegiances shifted south while her brother played for the Red & Blue. Both programs will benefit from her success as a player; her winning, positive attitude; and her work experience outside squash.”
"I am excited to be joining the Penn Squash family and to become a part of the University of Pennsylvania community,” said Maine Greenwood. “Getting back into the college squash world is something that I have long dreamed about, and I can’t think of a better place to embark on this journey than at Penn, working with Jack and head men’s coach Gilly Lane. I have so many memories of playing against Penn while at Princeton, and playing against the Quakers always brought out the best in me as a player because I knew how much they wanted to win and how hard they were going to fight for it; it was always a battle and I absolutely loved that. Fast forward a few years and all of a sudden I was watching Penn Squash as a proud older sister to my brother Jack Maine (2015 Penn graduate). Over the next four years my relationship with Penn squash took on a very different dimension. I don’t think I missed a single home match, and I traveled more than a few times to support him and the Quakers."
“Through all of these years and stages of my relationship with Penn squash, from foe to friend to superfan, one constant has been the respect I have for Jack and Gilly and the admiration that I have for their coaching style," Maine Greenwood continued. "They are unapologetically competitive while maintaining the highest level of sportsmanship, they are fair, they expect and demand maximum effort from their players, but mostly they just care. I think Jack has done an exceptional job over the past several years of putting together a coaching staff that has really elevated the level of the Penn squash programs. Obviously they have risen in the rankings through the level of play on-court, but they have also focused on recruiting the right kind of people and building a culture to be proud of. I know that I have big shoes to fill, coming in as assistant coach, but I am beyond excited to be a part of the Penn squash tradition and I look forward to growing with this program.”
A two-time Howe Cup champion at Princeton, Maine Greenwood led the Tigers to national titles in 2008 and 2009 and won the deciding point in the 2008 victory. In 2009, Maine Greenwood was undefeated en route to a second national championship and All-Ivy honors.
In 2010, Maine Greenwood served as team captain and was a nominee for the Betty Richey Award which is presented each year by the College Squash Association to the women’s player who best exemplifies the ideas of college squash through her devotion to the game, strong sense of fairness, and excellence of play and leadership.
“I am thrilled to hear Emery will be coaching at the collegiate squash level,” said Gail Ramsay, who was Maine Greenwood’s college coach at Princeton. “I think she will be an outstanding addition to the Penn program. She was one of Princeton Squash’s most competitive and successful student-athletes, and will bring great energy to the Penn staff.”
In 2006, Maine Greenwood gained international experience with her selection to the US World Junior Squash Team which competed in Herentals, Belgium. The youngest member of the team at 16, Maine Greenwood helped Team USA to a fourth place finish – the highest result by any American team at the World Juniors.
In addition to her efforts on the squash courts, Maine Greenwood spent two seasons on the Princeton women’s lacrosse team, competing in the NCAA Tournament.
Maine Greenwood graduated from Princeton in 2010 with a B.A. in politics and a concentration in International Relations and American Politics.