MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Shona Kerr of the Wesleyan University men's and women's squash programs was featured on the cover of the National Squash Magazine for the month of April, as the 13th-year head coach of the Cardinals talked about overcoming gender bias in the sport of squash.
Kerr, who grew up in Cardiff, Wales, is the first woman coach for the men's squash team at Wesleyan since the program was established in 1940, and she is one of only three women in the country, who coach a men's collegiate squash team. The phenomenal teacher and leader established consistency with the squash program, as she hovered around the .500 mark since her arrival, going 145-151 (.490 winning percentage) on the men's side.
Kerr made the men's team into an elite program, as she led the team to above-.500 records in seven straight seasons for a combined record of 95-65 from 2010-17, highlighted by a pair of school-high, 15-win seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
During the four years prior to her tenure, the women's squad went 19-67 (.221), and Kerr turned the fortunes of the program around, compiling a 147-176 record (.455) during the past 13 seasons.
Kerr also holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education at Wesleyan, and is the former president of the College Squash Association (CSA), while ranking as high as No. 11 in the word in racketlon.