|Title:||Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University|
|Home Address:||Murr Center Room 302|
Way, a professional coach for more than 25 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.
The head man 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. The women, in fact, won every match by a 9-0 margin, finishing the season unblemished. Way earned coach of the year recognition with the women, while Sabrina Sobhy earned the Ivy League player of the year award. First-year Victor Crouin also earned 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. The women's squad entered the season as the nation's top team and held the No. 1 national ranking for all but a single week. Way coached seven members of the women's squad to undefeated regular seasons: Hannah Craig, Eleonore Evans, Amelia Henley, Gina Kennedy, Kayley Leonard, Alyssa Mehta, and Sophie Mehta. The women went 15-0 (7-0 Ivy) and pushed its winning streak to 53 matches - the second longest in school history. The women won 97% of their matches in three games on their way to a third straight and 22nd overall Ivy League title. In the post-season, Harvard won its fourth consecutive and 18th overall Howe Cup - surpassing Princeton for the most all-time. Eight members of the women's team competed for individiual championships. Kennedy reached the final of the Ramsay Cup for the second straight year, with Sabrina Sobhy and Henley reaching the national semifinal. Leonard was a national quarterfinalist in the top flight, while captain Sue Ann Yong defeated Evans for the Holleran Cup B crown. In all, six members of the women's side were tabbed All-America and four were All-Ivy. On the men's side, Way guided the Crimson a 13-3 record, a 6-1 season in Ivy League play, and another appearance in the national team championship match. Sophomores Saadeldin Abouaish, Timothy Brownell, and Sean Hughes were voted All-Ivy. Way saw Abouaish and Brownell reach the national semifinal in the A-Division. However, Ryan's storybook ending stole the show. The captain entered the draw as the 14th seed, upsetting three-higher seed en route to topping No. 1 overall Kumar Kush of Trinity in the final after being down two match-balls. Mandela Patrick made the biggest academic splash of the season. The senior was announced to be a 2018 Commonwealth Carribean Rhodes Scholar just prior to the season. Leornard and men's captain were named to the Academic All-Ivy Team at year's end.
In his seventh season at the helm of the Crimson, Way led the women's squad to its third-straight national championship as it finished the season a perfect 15-0. Harvard went undefeated for the second consecutive season, marking the 13th time it has gone unbeaten in program history. Harvard went on to win its 21st Ivy League championship and 17th national championship. Ranked No. 1 for the entire season, the Crimson dominated opponents with 10 sweeps on the year while finishing perfect in the Ivy League for the 19th time in program history. Way guided freshman Gina Kennedy to an individual national title, and helped four student-athletes gain CSA-All American recognition. On the men's side, Harvard rolled to its 41st Ivy Championship in program history after posting a 7-0 mark in Ivy action. The Crimson finished the year 13-2 overall, earning a runner-up finish in the national championship. Harvard picked up its fourth Ivy title in the last five years, and Way coached freshman Saadeldin Abouaish to an Ivy Rookie of the Year and CSA All-American first team selection.
In 2015-16, Way guided the women's team to an undefeated season at 13-0, taking its second-straight national title and its third Ivy League title in five years. Ranked No. 1 for the entire season, the Crimson outlasted Trinity in the Howe Cup semifinal before Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year Sabrina Sobhy clinched the game-winning match to down Penn in the final, 5-4, as Way became the fastest coach in Howe Cup history to take home four national championships. The men posted a 6-7 record on the season and finished tied for second in the Ancient Eight standings at 5-2.
After four successful years, Harvard squash continued to thrive in the fifth year of coach Way's tenure. Coach Way lead the women's program to a 13-1 season and its third national title in four years, taking down rival Trinity, 7-2, in front of a home crowd on the Barnaby Courts. The men's team finished the season 10-4, going a perfect 7-0 in Ancient Eight play to bring home the teams third-consecutive Ivy League Championship and a third place finish at the team national championships.
The individual success also continued for those under Way's tutelage as Amanda Sobhy recorded her fourth-straight undefeated season. The senior topped Trinity's Kanzy El-Defrawy, 3-1, bring the Ramsay Cup back to Cambridge and earn her fourth-straight Ivy League Player of the Year honor. Sobhy finished her career a perfect 62-0 and became only the second player in history to win four-straight individual championships.
In coach Way's fourth season, with both teams going undefeated in regular season play and capturing Ivy League titles. The women's side took down Dartmouth and Yale on its way to its second-consecutive meeting with Trinity with the Howe Cup on the line. Unfortunately, the Crimson fell, 5-4, ending a perfect season. The men's side took a 13-0 record into the national championship and would go on to sweep Trinity, 9-0, to capture the programs first national title since 1998.
Coach Way lead the men and women to a pair of titles in his third year at the helm. Way guided the women to their second straight Howe Cup, knocking off Stanford (9-0), Penn (6-3) and Trinity (5-4) en route to a 15-1 overall mark. On the men's side, the Crimson earned a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic win over Yale on the last day of the regular season. The men went on to place second at the national championship, falling just short in the title bout to Trinity, to record its highest finish since 2004-05.
In just his second season in Cambridge, Way earned his first national title as he led the women's team to an undefeated season (17-0). The Crimson rolled to the Howe Cup championship match with 9-0 sweeps over No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 5 Trinity before beating rival Yale, 8-1, for the title. The men's team also had one of its highest finishes in recent years as the Crimson earned third place at the CSA National Team Championship.
In his first season at the helm of the Crimson, Way led the women's team to an 11-2 record and the men's squad to a 9-6 mark. The women's team finished the season with a 5-1 conference record and as the national runner-up. The men's team completed the 2011 season with an even 3-3 conference mark and downed Cornell in the consolation final at the CSA National Team Championship to finish the season ranked No. 5 nationally.
He followed up his championship performance in 2011-12 by leading the men and women to a pair of titles in his third year at the helm. Way guided the women to their second straight Howe Cup, knocking off Stanford (9-0), Penn (6-3) and Trinity (5-4) en route to a 15-1 overall mark. On the men's side, the Crimson earned a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic win over Yale on the last day of the regular season. The men went on to place second at the national championship, falling just short in the title bout to Trinity, to record its highest finish since 2004-05.
Way has coached several players of the Professional Squash Association and Women’s International Squash Players Association, including world champion and seven-time Canadian champion Jonathan Power, as well as Australian world champion 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. He has also been a frequent guest speaker at coaching conferences held by the World Squash Federation and both the Canadian and U.S. Squash Associations.
Way was the driving force behind the National Squash Training Center for Canada, training most of the country’s national team. The center was based at the Toronto Racquet Club for many years before his protégé, J Power, took over the reins. During that time he was an integral figure in developing players to over 100 national titles. Way has coached some of the most successful US college squash players over the last 10 years from the under 13 level upwards, including Harvard’s Laura Gemmell, the 2010 CSA national champion and Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. From 1991-97, Way was the head coach professional at the Toronto Athletic Club, developing a strategy for the eventual creation of the national training center, while still training elite athletes.
A native of England, his formative squash years were in Nottingham where he won a state championship, and helped his team reach the finals of the national championships. After moving to Canada in 1981, he worked his way on to 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," said Way. "I pride myself on taking pains to really understand the needs and personality of the individual and my passion for squash is maintained through teaching and the fact that I'm still learning!"