A hardy band ventured to Philadelphia this week to catch up with Berkshire squash ambassador Nick Matthew. Matthew, the former world number one and three-time world champion, was on hand at the U.S. Open squash tournament.
The first segment included a meet and greet at The Study at University City, where a dozen friends of Berkshire were lucky enough to encounter The Wolf firsthand. Matthew, who had just come from coaching English pro Laura Massaro to a gripping five-game victory, regaled the collective with his insights into life on the pro tour and his commitment to developing Berkshire squash. He and business partner Steve Hall also provided an overview of the advent of Nick Matthew Academy, a camp that opened to rave reviews this past summer at Berkshire School.
After that, everybody relocated to the athletic center at Drexel University, host of the U.S. Open championship. (This is one of eight "platinum" events on the world tour.) They were joined there by coach Joe Millman and half a dozen members of SquashSmarts, a Philadelphia-based urban squash program. All eyes were glued on the glass-wall show court as the world's best battled for places in the quarterfinals. Matthew again turned his attention to his coaching role, mentoring up-and-coming Englishman George Parker in his battle against Simon Rosner. (Parker managed to swipe game three but fell in four to the German titan.)
Andrew Bogardus, director of Advancement, did the lion's share of the driving, with able assistance from right-hand man and mobile deejay Bill Bullock. Chris Landosky, director of summer programming, provided some key operational insights. Admissions officer Cori Chambers, who played AAU basketball in Philadelphia, contributed her local knowledge and her professional presence to the affair. Squash coach A.J. Kohlhepp, meanwhile, geeked out on the on-court wizardry and reveled in the good will brought by recent Berkshire alums, including Simi Chatani '17, Daly Banevicius '17, Keunna Dill '14, Geordie Connell '09 and Calvin Yoon '09.