|Title:||Director of Squash|
Gavin Jones was appointed as Franklin & Marshall College’s Director of Squash on June 29, 2011. He came to the Diplomats with a wealth of professional experience and a background in team squash.
Jones guided the men's side to unprecedented territory in 2012-13, leading the squad to a school-record 17 wins. The Diplomat men have achieved season-ending rankings of No. 7 by the CSA in both of Jones's years at the helm. He has coached three All-Americans and seen seven men compete at the CSA Individual Championships.
On the women's side, Jones has helped the Diplomats qualify for the Kurtz Cup (B Division) of the CSA Championships each of the last two years, ending the 2011-12 campaign ranked No. 15 and the 2012-13 season at No. 16 in the national rankings. The team's 10 victories in 2012-13 marked the fourth straight double-digit win season for the program.
A world-class squash player, Jones was ranked as high as 37th on the Dunlop/Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) World Rankings during his career. He won three PSA Titles during his time on the circuit as well.
Jones was the Welsh National Champion in 2005 and 2006 and was a member of the Welsh Commonwealth Team in 2002 and 2004. He was a Silver Medalist in the 1999 World Team Championships, and earned five bronze medals in in the European Team Championships, while representing Wales in over 70 caps.
Prior to his arrival in Lancaster, Jones served as the Squash Pro at The Cynwyd Club in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. beginning in 2007. In that capacity, Jones had coached dozens of players in the College Squash Association’s (CSA) Top 100 through the years.
Jones’ background includes more than 20 years of squash playing and coaching experience at various clubs around the world. For the past four years, he has coached Harriton-Lower Merion, the largest public school squash program in the United States. That program has developed numerous college squash players.
While squash is often thought of as an individual sport, Jones
grew up in a team environment playing for Wales’ National
Team. He later assisted the Welsh Boys U19 National Team.