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Squash Success: GW Today Feature
Wendy Lawrence is in her ninth season as Head Squash Coach at GW in 2015-16. She has served as head men's squash coach since arriving at GW in 2007. In August 2010 she was named the head coach of the women's squash program.
Lawrence continued to lead the GW squash program on an upward trajectory in 2014-15, leading both the men's and women's teams to their highest end-of-season rankings in program history. The women's team concluded the season as the No. 7 team in the College Squash Association while the men's team finished ranked No. 14. Additionally, the women's team made its first-ever appearance in the Howe Cup (A-Division) bracket of the CSA Team Nationals. Under Lawrence's tutleage, then-junior Anna Gabriela Porras was named a CSA Second Team All-American for the third consecutive season. On the men's side, Lawrence led the Colonials to their first-ever appearance in the Hoehn Cup (B-Division) and led the team to its first-ever win over regional-rival Navy.
Lawrence elevated the women's squash program to new heights in 2013-14, leading the Colonials to their first-ever Kurtz Cup (B-Division) Championship at the College Squash Association Team Nationals. GW finished the season with its highest national ranking in program history of No. 9.
The women's team was 13-1 after January 17 and defeated two higher-ranked programs from the Ivy League en route to the Kurtz Cup title. Additionally, under Lawrence's guidance sophomore Anna Gabriela Porras earned her second consecutive CSA All-American honor and freshman Breanne Flynn notched 16 victories to set a new single-season program record.
Lawrence continues to recruit international student-athletes to compete at GW with the rosters of the men's and women's teams featuring athletes from Colombia, Ireland, Bermuda and Malaysia.
In 2013, Lawrence brought in the highest-rated recruits in the program's history. Among the recruits was Anna Gabriela Porras, who went on to become the GW squash program's first ever (male or female) College Squash Association All-American after playing to a 16-4 record in her debut season. Lawrence also coached the GW women to its highest end-of-regular season ranking (No. 12) in program history. The Colonials' women competed in the Kurtz Cup and finished the season with a national ranking of No. 13. On the men's side, Lawrence led the men's team to an end-of-season ranking of No. 19 in the nation.
In 2012, Lawrence elevated the GW Squash program to new heights by leading both the men's and women's teams to championships at the College Squash Association Nationals. She led the women's team to the program's second Walker Cup (C-Division) and guided the men's team to their first ever championship with a victory in the Summers Cup (C-Division).
In 2011, Lawrence led both the men's and women's teams to their highest end-of-season rankings in program history. The men's team finished as the No. 18-ranked team in the College Squash Association poll while the women finished the season ranked No. 15.
Additionally, she coached Omar Sobhy to the Malloy Cup (B-Division) Championship marking the first squash individual championship in the history of the program.
Lawrence joined the Colonials after 25 five years of coaching many of the nations top nationally ranked juniors including four-time U.S. National Men's Champion, Marty Clark.
She served as the varsity head boys and girls coach at The Potomac School in McLean, Va. and lead the teams to three Mid-Atlantic titles and a national ranking of No. 21. Additionally, Lawrence started Results Gym in Washington, DC in 2001 and served as the Director of Squash.
Coach Lawrence began her squash career at Vassar College where she earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science and played on both the varsity squash and tennis teams. She served as the head squash coach at the Uptown Racquet Club in New York City while pursuing her professional squash tournament career. She moved to Washington, DC in 1981 where she was both General Manager and Head Squash Pro at Washington Sports Club. In 1984 she was nationally ranked No. 12 in the United States and No. 1 in the Washington, DC area for 3 years.
U.S. Squash awarded Lawrence the Wedgewood Trophy for her contributions to squash in the United States and the Feron Cup , the U.S. Squash national award for sportsmanship. In 2006, she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for the National Capitol Squash Racquets Association. In 2005, she founded the DC Squash Academy, a non-profit organization that trains under-served elementary school children from DC public schools in squash and provides them with academic support and mentoring.
Lawrence is married to Mark Powden and has two sons.