Former World No. 1 professional squash player Nick Matthew will continue serving as an ambassador to Berkshire School.
The three-time British Open and World Open champion recently signed an exclusive three-year contract with the School, a partnership that will allow him to contribute directly to the growth and success of Berkshire’s boys and girls squash programs.
"I'm excited to continue my commitment to Berkshire," said Matthew. "My goal remains to instill confidence in the students I work with, so they can strive, take risks, and ultimately make an impact every day."
Dan Driscoll, Berkshire’s athletic director, said Matthew will visit campus several times during the squash season to work directly with student-athletes on both technical and mental aspects of their game, as well as physical fitness. In addition, Matthew will support the recruitment of new students and those interested in playing squash at the collegiate level.
“It is fantastic news that we have extended our relationship with Nick,” said A.J. Kohlhepp, longtime varsity girls squash head coach. “Our squash program has been moving in an exciting direction for the past couple of years and the connection with Nick will contribute to that trend, given his many connections in the squash world.”
Kohlhepp and first-year boys head coach Chris Perkins worked closely with Matthew this past summer as Berkshire hosted the Nick Matthew Squash Academy, a high-level squash camp for players aged 10-17. Camp sessions offered activities promoting character, discipline, and teamwork, and included one-on-one instruction from Matthew, along with other squash coaches.
A native of England, Matthew earned the No. 1 ranking in 2010 and has remained one of the world’s top squash players for the past decade.
In 2016, Berkshire opened a new 10-court squash facility in the Soffer Athletic Center and hosted the Class B Girls New England Championships in February 2017.