Squash at GFA
Our program keeps “fun” as the main focus, while helping athletes reach their full potential. Learning the game is just the beginning — the program also builds character, instills a strong work ethic, and teaches respect and sportsmanship.
GFA's state-of-the-art facility and experienced coaches offer training for players at all ages and levels, from beginner to nationally ranked college-level athletes.
Junior Squash Clinics
Our clinics teach young players in a team setting, creating a culture of camaraderie well suited for long-term optimal development. Team-based classes provide an environment where all participants can learn, practice, and perfect skills against various opponents, styles and pressure situations. Learn More
Coach Attila Agh takes pride in being a positive influence on young athletes and aiding in their continued development. During his more than 16 years of coaching, he has worked with hundreds of juniors on all levels and ages and developed many top U.S. National players, including National Champions. Since moving to Connecticut in 2015 Agh has helped develop several new teams between Stamford and New Haven, and has introduced the game to more than 200 new players of all ages and levels. Agh has been affiliated with U.S. Squash since 2013 and he continues to coach the U.S. Junior Regular and National Squads. He is excited for the future of the Squash Program at GFA where he has new individuals and teams learning, competing, and improving through year-round programs. Before coming to GFA Agh earned his P.E. degree with a concentration in Sports Psychology and Kinesiology at the Daniel Berzsenyi Teacher’s Training College in Hungary. Agh also was a Hungarian Collegiate National Champion as well as a skill-level Champion in the US.
Boys New England Division “B” – 11th Place *note entered a higher division and moved up 11 spots in New England during the 2017 Season.
Boys New England Division “C” – 2nd Place
Boys New England Division “C” – 2nd Place
Girls New England Division "C" - 1st Place
Boys US National HS Championships - 3rd Place
Girls New England Division "C" – 4th place
Boys New England Division "C" – 3rd place
Girls New England Division "C" - 1st place
Boys New England Division "C" – 5th place
Sean Gibbon, Assistant Squash Director and Head Girls Squash Coach has been teaching lessons and clinics from the time GFA opened its squash facility in December 2016. Before coaching at GFA, he was a Head Squash Pro at the Printing House Fitness Squash Club in Manhattan as well as a teaching pro at the former Southport Racquet Club.
Gibbon graduated from Amherst College where he was a standout on both the lacrosse and squash teams. In 2007 Gibbon was the Tournament Director for the US Open Men’s Squash Tournament.
Emily Caldwell '12 played varsity soccer and squash as a student at GFA, captaining both teams and retaining her No. 1 ladder position for squash all four years. She reached a U.S. Squash national ranking of 19th for the Girls U17 age group and 34th in Girls U19 age group.
Caldwell attended Franklin and Marshall College where she majored in Environmental Studies and Business, Organization and Society. As a freshman she joined the squash team at No. 1, and maintained a standing in the No. 1–3 position all four years. She was captain for the 2015-16 season when the Diplomats finished 14th in the country. Emily is currently pursuing her Masters in Sustainability Management at Columbia University.
After graduating from F&M in 2016 she worked at R.C. Bigelow Tea and Jones Lang LaSalle. Caldwell also co-coached the middle school team at The Hopkins School with Sean Gibbon, and assisted with the girls varsity program during the 2016–17 season.
Elm City Squash Camp @ GFA
Pam Saunders has 13 years of experience coaching squash. Originally from Zimbabwe, she was multiple-repeat Junior and Ladies’ National Champion and captained her country in the international arena. As a college athlete she won two National Championships at Trinity College and was a four-time All American and captain of her team.
Saunders began her coaching career as the Head Squash Coach at Mount Holyoke College where she took the team from No. 24 in the nation to No. 11 in just four years. In 2004, she led the Lyons to an Epps Cup Championship and in 2008 they won the Chafee Award for Sportsmanship. She has worked with U.S. Junior National Teams, but most recently, she was the Associate Head Squash Coach for Men’s and Women’s Squash at Yale for nine years. In her tenure, Yale won two National Championships, five Ivy League Titles, and produced numerous All-Americans and CSA Scholar-Athletes.
While completing a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science at Smith College, she used this to help U.S. Squash create their National Coaching Certification courses. She brings her interest in pedagogy and leadership to her coaching philosophy. She believes in the complete development of players both on and off the court. She has had all her success by teaching her players to focus on the process and not the outcome. It is all about the balance of having fun and working hard in her mind.
Saunders also works with potential college athletic recruits on navigating the process starting as early as eighth grade. In addition to working at Greens Farms she runs a successful college athletic recruiting business.