Dickens brings 20 years coaching experience and a fanatical passion for the sport coupled with his professional playing and coaching experience with some of the best contemporary and emerging squash superstars in the game. He will help shake up, invigorate, strengthen and support the grass roots initiatives the Academy has established within the greater Sydney area.
Dickens has coached professional players into the top 100 PSA World Rankings including: Stephen Coppinger (Highest PSA World Ranking, #14), Alister Walker (Highest PSA World Ranking, #12), Adam Murrills (Highest PSA World Ranking, #76) and female player, Carrie Ramsey (Highest PSA World Ranking, #59) by refining and developing their technical, strategic and physical skills.
Less well known, but more importantly for the Academy are Mike’s other coaching accomplishments with younger, up-and-coming players along the young player development pathway. Notable players include four Welsh National Junior Champions: Lewis Poole (Welsh Boys Under 19), Lucy Jones (Welsh Girls Under 17) and two-time champion Eve Griffiths (Welsh Girls Under 13 and Girls Under 15 #3).
“We’ve been talking to Mike for over a year and had him come scope out the Sydney market a year ago. He’s going to focus on young player development. As a father of two, he intimately understands how important it is to nurture young minds and bodies to keep the game fun, challenging and rewarding,” says Aaron Frankcomb, Founding Director of the East Coast Squash Academy and former PSA World #38 and current #1 in NSW. “Mike will work to continue to develop school programs and to attract new players to the sport, including students and female players across all age groups,” adds Frankcomb.
Mike Dickens’ accomplishments as a squash player include:
- Ranking in the top 20 England Junior rankings
- European Over 35 top ranking of #30
- 3rd place result in the Welsh Open European Masters events in 2017
- 5th place result in the Welsh Open European Masters events in 2018
- Welsh National Racketball Champion 2018
- Welsh Over 35 Runner Up in 2019.
The Academy has been an innovator within the squash community, facilitating corporate team building events and workshops to improve teamwork in organisations enhance health, wellness and wellbeing in the workforce through squash.
Dickens is available for Squash in the Park Sessions, Private Group Lessons, Small Group Classes, Play to Win Feedback Sessions and Training Squads on an ongoing basis.
Contact details: Tel: 0450 887 632