Squash is a popular winter sport at The Hill School. With seven courts in full use, including a showcase three-glass wall court, squash has produced some great excitement and success at The Day Squash Center. Several varsity players have gone on to compete for top colleges, including Princeton, Penn, Brown, Bowdoin, Hobart, Lafayette, Hamilton, and George Washington.
Interscholastic competition begins for both varsity and JV programs in late-November and runs through mid-February. Both teams play competitive schedules in the greater Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic regions. The Hill School is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) which provides great competition against some of the top boarding schools in the country. Every February, varsity players have the privilege of playing the U.S. High School National tournament, where they compete against some of the best high school teams around the country.
Located just outside of Philadelphia, the nation’s squash hotbed, players are also encouraged to participate in preseason training and to participate in local U.S. Squash tournaments to achieve national rankings. Preseason training is run five times a week and focus is placed on squash specific strength and conditioning. This preseason training is an opportunity for players to get fitter and stronger allowing more focus to be placed on skill development and match practice once the season rolls around. We will also provide trips to professional and collegiate squash tournaments in the local area and bring professional players to the Day Squash Center to train with the team and provide inspiration for the players.
Once you enter the Day Squash Center here at The Hill School, you are immediately a member of The Hill squash family and a part of a long history of some great squash players that came before you and are to come in the future.
We bring a never settle attitude to the courts where Hill squash players are asked to never settle for anything less than their best.
Head Coach Chanel Erasmus
Having both played for and coached at national collegiate power Trinity College, Chanel Erasmus arrived at The Hill in 2017 with a wealth of experience. A native of South Africa, Coach Erasmus was a member of the South African National Squash Team as a junior player. She represented South Africa at the 2008 British Junior Squash Open and Scottish Open, and in 2009 Coach Erasmus was the country’s U-16 National Champion.
Coach Erasmus was a four-year starter at Trinity and appeared in the College Squash Association National Championship match three times, winning the CSA championship in 2014. She also rowed for the Bantams’ women’s crew team and won a Division III national championship in 2015. In the spring of her senior year at Trinity, Erasmus received the college’s Robert R. Bartlett Award for excellence in athletics and devotion to campus and community service.
After graduating from Trinity with a B.A. in Performing Arts, Coach Erasmus remained at the college to pursue a master’s degree. While completing her graduate work, she was a novice coach with the Trinity women’s crew team and a volunteer assistant with the women’s squash team.