At Open Squash, we’ve brought together an experienced, world-class team with a dedication to teaching and a passion for our mission of access to all.
Mike is entering his 12th year as the head coach of Harvard’s men’s and women’s squash teams, was named U.S. Squash Coach of the Year in 2017, and led the squash program to a pair of Ivy League, two team national and two individual national championships in 2018-19. Mike has been coaching the world’s top players for over 20 years, including world champions Jonathan Power, Sarah Fitzgerald and Ali Farag, and recent top-ranked college players Gina Kennedy and Victor Crouin. Earlier in his career, his junior program amassed over 100 Canadian national titles and he guided Canada’s top level players to a total of nineteen national adult titles.
Mike’s attention to detail and understanding of the finer points of the game are legendary, as are his generosity and dedication not just to squash but to his players’ well-being and personal development.
Josh Easdon is a certified squash coach with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has taught squash to juniors and adults at all of the major squash clubs in NYC including the Heights Casino and CityView Racquet Club.
Josh has been playing squash since he was 7, and at age 14, was ranked #2 in the country, playing for the US Junior Men’s Team. While earning his B.A. from Vassar College, Josh was the college’s number one squash player and an All-American and Senior Athlete. As a person living with dyslexia, he knows the challenges one faces in school and life. Josh carries this with him onto the squash court in each class he teaches, and conducts himself in a manner that makes his students feel comfortable, whether they are gifted athletes or find sports intimidating. His goal is to make squash accessible to as many people as possible.
A level 3 certified coach with over 20 years of experience, David did his early coaching in Toronto, Vancouver, Guyana, and around the Caribbean. He was ranked in the top 10 in Canada during his junior and adult competitive career, and is a former 40+ champion in Ontario. As an active coach on the New York squash scene for the last ten years, he has worked with juniors and adults at all levels, guiding them on the technical and strategic aspects of the game.
Asghar Abbas has over 15 years of teaching experience, bringing his international prowess and enthusiasm for the squash to our members. Born in Pakistan, Ashgar worked with the national Pakistan coach and was taught by former world #2, Gogi Alla-ud-Din, becoming a top ranked junior in Pakistan, reaching the quarterfinals of the British Junior Squash Championship twice, competing in the World Junior Squash Championship and PIA National Junior Open where he reached the semifinals. After his junior career he competed and qualified in numerous professional tournaments.
Asghar has taught juniors and adults squash at the BFC Bronxville Field Country Club, SquashRX and the New York Health & Racquet Club. As the founder and Head Squash Coach for the Grace Church School Squash Team he introduced squash to new players. For the past 6 years, Asghar worked with Squash Director Josh Easdon in the JoshSQUASH program based in Brooklyn, where he was on court with over a hundred juniors per week.
Habiba Mohamed is the youngest player to have reached the top 20 on the PSA world tour, (world no. 18) and is also a 5 time British Junior Open champion. She recently graduate from Columbia University where she was Team Captain; playing as the 1, 2,& 3 position. She also earned the title of first team All-American and first team All-Ivy twice. She is so excited to join the team and also lead her Egyptian Squash Camp here at Open Squash this summer!
Thaisa has been playing squash for 23 years with over 15 of those years competing professionally. Originally from Brazil, she has been a Brazilian national champion 9 times and has represented Brazil at numerous South American, Pan Am Championships, and three Pan American Games. In 2011 she was recognized by the Brazilian Olympic Committee as the country’s top squash player. She has also competed on the PSA World Tour where she won two titles and achieved a career high ranking of #56 in the world.
In addition, Thaisa has coached squash for over 10 years privately in Brazil, England, and the US. She has worked as an assistant squash professional at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia and more recently at CityView Racquet Club in Long Island City, New York.