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!