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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of squash, Jack Wyant, has announced the hiring of Richard Dodd as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs.
"It's exciting being on the other side of college squash," said Dodd. "Penn has a very well respected program and I look forward to working with the team as well as Jack and Gilly."
Dodd graduated in May from Ivy League rival, Yale, and was a four-year standout on the men’s squash team. During his senior year, Dodd received the John F. Skillman ’67 Award for his contribution to Yale’s squash program and finished the season ranked No. 24 nationally. As a junior, Dodd received honorable mention All-America recognition, and as a sophomore was named second team All-America and All-Ivy.
“The program is excited to announce the hire of All-Ivy, All-American honoree Richard Dodd, as assistant coach,” said Wyant, who is returning for his tenth season with the Quakers. “With Ricky on board I’ll put our staff up against any in the country. We’re young, energetic and ambitious. I am very excited for the team’s return to campus to see how Richard makes a positive impact.”
Hailing from Benoni, South Africa, Dodd attended Parktown Boys’ High School. A 2007 South African National Junior champion, he represented South Africa at the World Junior Men’s Squash Championships in New Zealand and ranked as high as second nationally in the under-23 age group.
Prior to joining the Red and Blue, Dodd gained coaching experience with Elm City, St. Dunstan’s College and Ultimate Squash.
The squash teams will open their season play on November 19 versus Drexel.