At the Manhattan Community Squash Center, we’ve brought together an experienced, world-class team with a dedication to teaching and a passion for our mission of access to all.
As a player, John was the US #1-ranked U17 and U19 junior, 2-time Interscholastic Individual champion, #1 player and 4-time All-American for the 2-time National Champion Yale team, a PSA touring pro, and #1 player for the US National Team in the Pan Am Federation Championships. John is the current US and British Open 50+ champion.
John is a Level 3 US Certified teaching professional and renowned for his passion for teaching both juniors and adults. He uses a highly personalized approach that adapts to each player’s profile and integrates technical and tactical lessons into match play. As with any true teacher, he enjoys working with beginners as much as he does advanced players. And he has an unparalleled ability to communicate his knowledge and passion for the sport.
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.
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.
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.
Although new to squash, Kristin has been invested in juniors and working in after school programming for over 15 years. With a background in the performing arts, Kristin has brought her passion for teaching to children of all ages; from cognitive development in toddlers, to coaching admittance auditions for college bound teens. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up working with her mother at her youth theater company- helping with both onstage and off stage directing and management. She is thrilled to have found a home at Manhattan Squash, where she can continue facilitating meaningful connections and lifelong passions within the juniors community.