JoshSQUASH is a junior squash program that helps players between the ages of 5 and 18 years to learn and excel at the sport. The program is geared for both tournament players as well as those who are looking for a fun way to exercise and build self-esteem.
Classes meet once a week and run in 12-week Fall, Winter and Spring sessions. Each class has between three and six juniors, depending on age and skill level. Each week has a different theme with lessons tailored to the groups. This ensures that the classes maximize each junior’s time on court, and that the players get enough individual attention. Students learn a wide variety of skills, ranging from the four fundamental shots to volleys and tournament strategy. There is an awards night every June that students eagerly look forward to and work toward, and summer squash camps in June and July.
Josh Easdon is a certified squash coach with over 25 years of teaching experience. He has taught squash to juniors and adults at all of the major squash clubs in New York City, including The Heights Casino and CityView Racquet Club. He created the JoshSQUASH Junior Program based at the New York Sports Club in Cobble Hill in the Fall of 2011. Now in its third season, the program has 75 juniors and growing. In response to strong interest, it now also incorporates 7 weekly clinics designed for mothers who wish to play squash.
Josh has run squash tournaments, junior squash programs including camps, and taught private, semi-private and group clinics for all levels. He also brought his passion for squash and filmmaking together in a 2009 documentary film, called Keep Eye on Ball, about Hashim Khan, arguably the best squash player who ever lived. The documentary appeared in many film festivals, won an Audience Choice Award and was broadcast on the Sundance Film Channel.
While earning his B.A. from Vassar College, Josh was the college’s number one squash player and an All-American and Senior Athlete. He also has an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Josh played for the U.S. Junior Men’s Team, which competed in Edinburgh, Scotland. He achieved his highest junior ranking of 2nd in the USA. As a person living with dyslexia, he relates to the many challenges people can face in school or in life. Josh carries this empathy with him onto the squash court and conducts himself in a manner that makes all students comfortable, whether they are gifted athletes or find the sport intimidating. His goal is to make squash accessible to as many kids as possible.
Josh lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with his wife Apoorva Mandavilli, a science journalist, and their two children.