|Title:||Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence|
|Home Address:||Murr Center Room 302|
Mike Way, a professional coach for more than 30 years and one of the best teachers of the game in the world, was hired as Harvard's Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University on Aug. 9, 2010.
Way was U.S. Squash Coach of the Year in 2017, and added the James Herscot '58 Coach of Excellence to his title in the fall of 2019 after coaching the squash program to a pair of Ivy League, two team national and two individual national championships in 2018-19.
Way added to his plethora of trophies at Harvard in the 2018-19 season. The Crimson men and women finished both of their respective seasons undefeated, each picking up Ivy League championships. Both teams went on to win national championships. Way earned Ivy coach-of-the-year recognition with the women, while Sabrina Sobhy won the Ivy League Player of the Year Award. First-year Victor Crouin, meanwhile, was named Ivy League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year on the men's side. With the women, Way has coached to 65-consecutive match victories, dating back to the 2014-15 season.
Three more trophies were added to the Harvard showcase after the 2017-18 season. The Crimson women completed a third straight undefeated season, capturing the Howe Cup and Ivy League title, and men's captain David Ryan brought home the Pool Trophy after delivering a series of dramatic upsets to complete a Cinderella story.
Way coached several players of the Professional Squash Association, including world champions Jonathan Power and Sarah Fitzgerald. In addition, Way guided Graham Ryding to three Canadian titles, Shahier Razik to four Canadian championships, and Marine Baizley and Melanie Jans to six Canadian national titles between them. His junior program in Canada amassed over a 100 national titles during his time.
Some of Harvard’s graduates have gone on to compete on the world professional tour, notably Ali Farag and Amanda Sobhy. Farag ’14, who won two national individual titles, is ranked No. 1 in the world and is the current world champion (as of Sept. 16, 2019). Amanda Sobhy ’15, meanwhile, won four national individual titles and is currently a world top-10 player (as of Sept. 16, 2019).
Way has been a frequent guest speaker at coaching conferences held by the World Squash Federation and both the Canadian and U.S. Squash Associations.
A native of England, his formative squash years were in Nottingham where he won a state championship and helped his team to the finals of the national team championships. After moving to Canada in 1981, he worked his way onto the national squad and helped the Canadian team win the Pan American squash championships in 1985.
"My real strength in the sport of squash has clearly been from the coaching perspective. I have been a sponge for everything and anything in order to be more effective," Way said. "I pride myself on taking pains to really understand the needs and personality of the individual. My passion for squash is as strong as ever. I'm still learning and that makes the difference.”