Bill Lane was honored with the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association’s 2016 Service Award at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open.
Nick LePore, the PSRA president, presented the award, thanking Lane for “his extraordinary and tireless efforts.”
Lane first started playing squash in 1973 in Seattle. One of his early coaches was Yusuf Khan, whose daughter Shabana is receiving the Brauns Award from US Squash tomorrow evening. Lane quickly moved into coaching. He created and nurtured squash programs more than a half dozen clubs and schools on the West Coast, including the University of Washington, Lakeside School and Stanford.
In 1993 Lane moved east to work at the most storied squash clubs in the country. He was the head pro at Merion Cricket Club for eight years, and since 2001 has been the head pro at Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Lane has worked with thousands of juniors and adults, instilling a love for the game and the community. He has coached many successful national champions, including his wife Julieanne Harris, Louisa Hall and David McNeely, as well as mentoring numerous leaders like Lauren Patrizio Xabo, the founder and executive director of SquashDrive, the urban program in Oakland, and Emery Maine Greenwood, the assistant coach at Penn.
The world’s oldest squash organization, the Philadelphia SRA—originally called the Philadelphia Association—was founded in 1903. Previous winners of the PSRA Service Award include Molly Pierce (2013), Ken Jaffe (2014) and Frank Reidy (2015).