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OUR COACHING TEAM
OUR COACHING TEAM
FOUNDER & HIGH-PERFORMANCE COACH
Aaron is former PSA World #38, with 4 years in the top 50 and 8 years in the top 100. He represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Aaron was a Scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2003-2007, 2010, and 2011. As a junior, he was Australian Junior Champion in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, including twice in the Under 19 age group. Originally from Tasmania, Aaron now resides in Sydney coaching and playing and is still ranked #1 in NSW Men's Rankings.
SENIOR PROFESSIONAL COACH
Mike has 20 years coaching experience and has coached professional players into the top 100 PSA World Rankings. As a junior, he was in the top 20 England Junior rankings. He achieved a PSA World ranking of #257, #30 in the European Over 35, 3rd place in the Welsh Open European Masters events in 2017, 5th place in the Welsh Open European Masters events in 2018. He was the England National Racketball Doubles Champion in 2005, Welsh National Racketball Champion in 2018 and Welsh Squash Over 35 Runner Up in 2019. Originally from the UK, Mike has coached younger, up-and-coming players along the young player development pathway. Mike now resides in Sydney.
Jacob joins The Academy from the UK, where he has coached at some of the most prestigious and successful clubs. He's helped elite players with tailored strategies and tactics to succeed in competitions. Jacob has also trained younger players in basic skills and coordination to improve their game, gain confidence and have more fun.
Jacob's coached several county and top-ranked national players including, Finlay Withington (England junior international) and Saran Nghiem (England junior international). Jess Davis, Patrick Rooney HWR: 28, Adam Murrils HWR: 76, and Chris Longman, the head squash professional at Germantown cricket club in Philadelphia.
Jacob is a highly qualified Level 3 coach. What sets him apart is his understanding of the game's physical and mental requirements, which plays a critical role in success at all levels.
If you want to improve your game and gain the mental toughness required to win more matches at any level, Jacob can help you achieve your goals.
VISITING ASSISTANT COACH
We are excited to introduce George Thomas, an accomplished squash player and
coach who has joined the Academy from Wales.
George has represented Wales at every age group, from U13s to U19s, and has
showcased his skills on the international stage at the European Junior
Championships. He has also achieved notable accomplishments in his career,
including placing seco0202nd in the Welsh Junior U19 National Junior
Championships and winning the 2010 Home International Series in Dublin.
As a World Squash Federation Level 2 coach, George has a deep understanding of
the game and a passion for sharing his knowledge with others. He has gained
valuable coaching experience as the Welsh Assistant Coach for the U15s and the
Representative Assistant Coach of Saints Health and Fitness, which is recognized
as the #1 Squash Club in North Wales.
With aspirations to become a PSA player in the coming years, George's passion for
squash is truly infectious and we are proud to have him as part of our team at the
East Coast Squash Academy.
Urwashi is a current professional player with best World Ranking #118.
Two-time Asian Championship bronze medallist in 2021 and 2022.
2019 South Asian Games gold medalist.
Currently ranked 3 in India, she won the Indian Junior Championship three times and finished third in the U-19 Age group.
Received "Shiv Chhatrapati Award," Maharashtra state's highest prise, for Sports in 2018.
She has also competed for India in the Asian and World Junior Teams.
With five plus years of coaching experience, Urwashi has worked with top athletes to strengthen their strategies and entire game in preparation for competition.
She has also helped newcomers lay a solid foundation on which to build their squash careers.
In general, she can help players of all skill levels improve.
MARC DUSSAULT B.Eng. MBA, MLS (UNSW LAW), DBA, GAICD, FAIM
SQUASH COACH AND RESIDENT SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY AND PEAK PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST
Hitting his first squash ball at age 37, with only 5 years of playing experience and less than a total of 10 tournaments under his belt, Marc used Deliberate Practice Principles to reach the top ranks of Masters squash within 3 years.
His expertise and knowledge are based in scientific principles that explore the cutting edge of mental toughness research so our Junior, Elite and High Performance players can get the edge that is so important at the elite levels of sports performance.
In addition to extensive academic research on sports psychology, Marc has visited the infamous Nick Bolletieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida, now called the IMG Academy and the Michael Johnson Performance Centre in Dallas, Texas to find out what the very best Academies are doing to breed the next generation of champions.
MARC PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
MARC'S SQUASH HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: