Physical Ed. Recreation & Athletics
B.S., Brighton University
Wendy BerryPERA Assistant Professor of the Practice
Head varsity squash coach and instructor of racket sports, primarily squash and badminton.
My work involves coaching and recruiting new students to the college who have played the international softball game of squash. The switch from the American hardball game to the international softball game occurred only 16 years ago in the United States, and currently there are only 32 colleges in this country that are officially members of the College Squash Association. I qualified as a Level 4 coach in England in 1983 and have coached England junior players who now play on the women’s professional tour. I competed during squash’s heyday in England where I played for the national over-45 team and won two British Open titles, one in doubles, one in singles. Since moving to this country, I have won a world doubles title in hardball doubles.
My teaching interests spread across most racket sports. Apart from teaching classes in elementary squash and elementary badminton at Wellesley, I am a qualified elementary tennis instructor. One of my goals for the Wellesley squash team is for them to improve their skills as individuals and to learn how to compete as a team in an individual sport.
Prior to becoming a college coach I worked as a teaching professional in a private club in Philadelphia, where I coached the fundamentals of the game to all ages. On the other end of the spectrum, I worked with elite players who competed nationally and hoped to play on a top-ranked college team. I also coached students from the Philadelphia Urban Squash Smarts program which assists inner-city students aged 11-17 through a structured program of squash, academics, and mentoring. I enjoy teaching all levels and gain much satisfaction in seeing players reach their potential. In 2009 I became the director of the Dana Hall Squash and Tennis Camp, a camp that teaches the rudiments of both games to children mainly from the Wellesley community and surrounding areas.
I enjoy choral singing, herb growing, photography, and traveling.