Committed to Your Passion!

Marc Connolly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen did you start to play squash?

My first experience with squash was in Japan, in a grade school about the age of 10. My dad was a naval attache there and he would play occasionally and take my brother and me along. After returning to the US there was a long an interval when I didn’t give squash a thought until my sister, who had been playing in Washington DC, asked me if I would be interested in trying it. I played at the Capital Hill club from time to time until I joined the Regency club around 1990 and began playing about once a week, sometimes less.

It was not until about 1995 when I joined Worldgate, because of a job location, that I began to play more frequently especially during lunch and after work.  I started playing more when I met my wife, who is also a squash player.

What is your best memory about playing squash?

I met my wife, Leslie, on Court 1 at Worldgate.  (Fellow Worldgate player Bill Ho introduced us.)  So, that has to be my best memory.  I asked her to help me with my backhand — not a pick-up line that would work on everyone, but it worked on her.

How have you improved as a squash player working with me?

I’ve come to have a sense of comfort and ownership in the court that I didn’t have before.  I’ve also gotten much more fit and learned how to vary my shots more as well.

What drill do you like best and why?

I like playing games with you at the end of the lesson.  That’s when I have the chance to try to put into practice what we have worked on in the hour.

What is your next squash goal?

I’m going pro!