Jim Masland Joins GW Squash as Assistant Coach
Former Professional Squash Player and Penn Head Coach Joins Wendy Lawrence's Staff
Dec. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - George Washington squash head coach Wendy Lawrence has added Jim Masland to her coaching staff for the 2011-12 season. Masland will serve as an assistant coach and will be responsible for on-court training, match preparation, recruiting and player development.
A former professional squash player with a bevy of coaching experience, Masland earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1990, his master's from Penn State in 1995, and his PhD from UCLA in 2008.
"Jim comes to the GW squash program with a lot of experience as a player, coach and educator," said Coach Lawrence. "He has valuable academic credentials and an understanding of both the academic and athletic life of a student-athlete."
At Harvard he was a member of three consecutive national championship teams, serving as co-captain during his senior season.
Following graduation Masland pursued a professional playing career in both hardball and softball, appearing in numerous professional tournaments from 1990-93. His experience culminated in two invitations to try-out for the Pan-American team in both 1997 and 1999.
He also served as head coach of the University of Pennsylvania's men's squash team, leading the Quakers to 20 wins from 1996-99. During his time in Philadelphia, Masland was responsible for all facets of the program including recruiting, scheduling, facility renovations and alumni relations.
Masland returned to the classroom in 2000 to pursue his PhD at UCLA. During this time he served as a squash professional and instructor at Trifit Athletic Club in Santa Monica, Calif., and also taught more than 20 classes at UCLA as a lecturer and teaching assistant.