US SQUASH

Staff Members

GRAHAM BASSETTSenior Manager

graham.bassett@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5905
Graham joined US Squash in June 2014 and is responsible for assisting with the management of all aspects of professional singles and doubles squash tours in the US. Graham played varsity squash at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 2007. After college, Graham worked as a teaching professional at the Round Hill Club, CityView Racquet Club and The Heights Casino. Graham played on the PSA tour and competed for the US National Team earning a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Graham currently competes on the SDA Pro Tour and serves on its Board of Directors.​

BILL BUCKINGHAM, Senior Director of Member and Support Services

bill.buckingham@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5884
Bill joined US Squash in July 2007 and manages individual, team and club membership programs and drives all online and offline communication. Prior to working at US Squash, Bill spent the previous eight years as Sports Marketing Director for the Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this capacity, Bill marketed the region as a venue for sporting event rights holders and national governing bodies, including US Squash, to host their tournaments and national championships. The events Bill helped recruit resulted in an estimated economic impact of thirty-five million dollars to the region. Bill is also a founding board member of Squash Haven, the New Haven urban squash and education program.

KIM CLEARKIN, Events Director

kim.clearkin@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5898
Kim joined US Squash in July 2015 as Director of Events and is responsible for managing all National Events and JCTs including singles and doubles. She also leads the US Squash Women’s committee. Kim started her professional life as a Management Consultant transitioning to squash after having children. For the last 5 years Kim was the Director of Squash at Bay Club San Francisco and prior to that at Bay Club Redwood Shores. While in California Kim served on the Board of NorCal Squash and was a US Squash Regional coach, helping to grow West Coast junior squash to where it is today. Kim started playing squash at Oxford University, where she captained the team and earned her Blue. A U.S. National champion, Kim now plays recreationally at CityView Racket club.

VALERIE DELEON, Seasonal Advancement and Marketing Program Manager

valerie.deleon@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5886
Valerie joined US Squash in August 2015 and assists with event planning, donor communications, fundraising initiatives, as well as sponsor relations. Valerie attended Florida State University double majoring in Art History and Studio Art. After graduation, Valerie worked as an administrator for the university’s art department, embarked on an internship in France, and held a position at the Museum of Modern Art. Growing up, Valerie played basketball on various teams and is currently learning squash.

ALEX FISCHER, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement

alex.fischer@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5214
Alex joined US Squash in September 2014 and is responsible for developing and sustaining relationships with existing and potential supporters of the organization.  She is a graduate of Arizona State University where she studied Nonprofit Leadership and Management.  Before joining the team at US Squash, Alex worked as the Director of Development for a national healthcare organization based in Arizona.  She grew up playing golf and is enjoying learning to play squash.

DAN HEINRICH, Director of Analytics and Web Support Services

dan.heinrich@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5888
Dan joined US Squash in July 2011 and oversees adult and junior accredited events, as well as all national championships. Dan was a seasonal program manager with US Squash during the 2010-2011 season. Prior to US Squash, Dan was a squash teaching professional in Minnesota at the Lakeville Life Time Fitness Club and was a Sales and Marketing Intern for the Minnesota Swarm Professional Lacrosse team. He started playing squash at Colby College where he was on the varsity team his junior and senior years and continues to play recreationally in New York City.

FREDDY HERNANDEZ, Manager

freddy.hernandez@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5891
Freddy joined US Squash in July 2014 as a seasonal program manager, and is responsible for managing the purchases for the organization and all of the merchandising. Additionally, Freddy helps implement sponsorship/advertising sales and support. Prior to working at US Squash, Freddy interned at CitySquash as a co-director of squash between his freshman and sophomore year of college, and worked as a camp counselor at Lake Owego camp after his junior year. At Franklin and Marshall College, he focused on Spanish and Economics, and played four years of varsity squash. He continues to play squash recreationally at Fordham University in the Bronx.

KEVIN KLIPSTEIN, President & Chief Executive Officer

kevin.klipstein@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5881
Since Kevin joined US Squash in December 2004, membership has increased 149%, and participation in the US has increased 126% to 1.3 million players according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. In addition, long term management partnerships have been established with all major squash bodies in the U.S. including the College Squash Association (CSA), the New England Interscholastic Squash Association (NEISA), and the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA), where Kevin serves as one of the original members of the Board of Directors.

Prior to US Squash, Kevin worked for Sun Microsystems in the Worldwide Marketing Operations group. Kevin also managed worldwide sponsorships, which included negotiating sales and marketing deals with MLB.com and a multi-year relationship with the National Hockey League. Prior to Sun, Kevin worked in the corporate consulting division of the sports marketing firm ProServ. Kevin graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University, where he was a four-year member of the varsity squash team. His senior year, he was a co-captain and recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention.

CHRIS MCCLINTICK, Senior Communications Manager & Web Content Strategist

chris.mcclintick@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5894
Chris joined US Squash in January 2013 and coordinates online and offline communications. Chris attended the University of Richmond where he was an International Studies: Modern Europe major. Prior to working at US Squash, Chris interned at World Football Daily, a daily soccer radio show, and was a freelance correspondent for the German Bundesliga during his time abroad in Muenster, Germany. Chris got his start in squash playing all four years at his hometown school, the Mercersburg Academy, and continues to play recreationally at CityView Racquet Club.

ADRIANA MORENO, Graphic Designer & Art Director

adriana.moreno@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5900
Adriana joined US Squash in September 2013 as a graphic designer. She provides creative oversight for all US Squash design, manages all components of the US Squash brand, and is responsible for the editorial design of Squash Magazine. Prior to working at US Squash, Adriana attended The City College of New York where she majored in Graphic Design and Illustration, and played soccer for two years. Adriana plays squash recreationally at her local club CityView Racquet Club.

JAY PRINCE, Executive Editor

jay.prince@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5885
Jay joined US Squash in July 2013 as the Executive Editor after publishing Squash Magazine for seventeen years. At US Squash, Jay is responsible for driving the production of Squash Magazine as well as helping with the transition into the digital production, delivery of the magazine and other aspects of US Squash. Having been in the publishing world since his college days at UC Berkeley (including several stints at the Tacoma News Tribune, in Tacoma, WA, and the San Francisco Chronicle), Jay jumped into the magazine world by co-founding Junior Tennis Magazine—aimed at the highest level of junior tennis around the world. In 1997, Jay entered into an agreement with the then USSRA to produce Squash Magazine for the Association’s members. While building Squash Magazine, Jay was intimately involved in every aspect of the magazine’s production (writing, editing, photography, production and developing long-term relationships with advertisers). While at UC Berkeley, Jay was introduced to squash after eighteen years of competitive tennis and, within his first year, he played on the only college team west of the Mississippi to compete in the Collegiate National Championships. Jay also played lacrosse for Cal before graduating in 1987. Jay is active in league play in Seattle, WA, and is a regular participant in the U.S. Masters and Skill Level Championships.

PRESTON QUICK, Director of Doubles & Web Designer

preston.quick@ussquash.com ; 212-268-4090 ext. 5890
Preston joined US Squash in June 2011 and is responsible for all aspects of squash doubles programming including the accreditation (sanctioning) and support of tournaments, rankings, hosting the national championships and development programs. Prior to joining US Squash, Preston served as the head squash professional at the Union Boat Club in Boston and was the assistant pro at the Field Club of Greenwich for three years. Quick served on the US Squash Board of Directors for two years in the capacity of Athlete Representative, and served on the Massachusetts Squash board for three years. Quick was also the Executive Director of the College Squash Association for two years, immediately after graduating from Trinity College where he was a four time All-American and played on the team which started the thirteen year unbeaten streak.

RYAN RAYFIELD, Senior Director of IT & Strategy

ryan.rayfield@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5895
Ryan joined US Squash in July 2012 and leads technology strategy and implementation at the organization. Prior to working at US Squash, Ryan held a position with Accenture in its technology division where he was involved in projects across the technology, consumer goods, and healthcare sectors. After leaving Accenture, he took a position with a small software firm managing their reporting and analytics division. He captained the University of Pennsylvania squash team, graduating in 2008, and has remained active in the sport at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia.

JACKIE SHEA, Manager

jackie.shea@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5903
Jackie joined US Squash in July 2014 and assists with the U.S. Open and other PSA Pro Squash Series events. Prior to working for US Squash, Jackie played on the varsity squash team at The George Washington University, where she served as captain for two years and led her team to win the Kurtz Cup National Championship. During her time at The George Washington University Jackie was on the Dean’s List, served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board, was an elected member of the inaugural class of the three year Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, and was an advisor of the Athlete Mentor Program. Jackie has worked at US Squash events since 2008 and interned for the organization during the summers of 2010 and 2012. Apart from her work with US Squash, Jackie interned for Connecticut Sports Management Group where she assisted with six different sporting events including the Nutmeg State Games where she was Site Director for eight different sports. She now plays squash recreationally in New York City.

NELL SCHWED, Communications Manager

nell.schwed@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5889
Nell joined US Squash in August 2014 and helps to coordinate online and offline communications. Nell attended Wesleyan University where she was an Art History and English double major. Prior to working at US Squash, Nell interned for Gotham Writers, a creative writing school based in NYC, and worked as a summer librarian on Nantucket. Nell got an early start in the squash world: at nine years old she started playing at The Heights Casino, played for her high school team, and then in college as a four-year member of Wesleyan’s varsity team. Her senior year she was a co-captain. She continues to play recreationally at The Heights Casino.

HARRY SMITH, Director of Junior Squash Development

harry.smith@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5893
Harry joined US Squash in September 2012 as a Program Manager. He is responsible for supporting the accredited tournament structure nationally with a focus on improving the tools available for tournament directors, as well as assisting with the implementation of national championships. Prior to working at US Squash, Harry was an intern at a small real estate investment firm between his junior and senior year at Colby College. While at Colby, Harry was the No. 1 player on the men’s varsity squash team all four years and was the captain during his senior year.  He continues to play squash recreationally at his local club in Long Island.

ANDRES VARGAS, Executive Administrator & International Relations Manager

andres.vargas@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5897
Andres joined US Squash in July 2014 as a Seasonal Program Manager, and is responsible for areas relating to financial processing and reporting as well as outreach to squash leaders in Central and South America in order to develop more collaborative relationships. Prior to working at US Squash, Andres was an assistant coach for the Trinity College men’s squash team while pursuing a masters of Public Policy degree. He has represented his country, Colombia, in several international tournaments including the World Men’s Team Championships and Pan-American Games. Andres is also a committee member of Squash Urbano, the first urban squash and education program in Latin America.

RICH WADE, Director of National Teams

rich.wade@ussquash.com; 212-269-4090 ext. 5898
Rich joined US Squash in August 2013 as Director of National Teams and Certifications. He is responsible for further developing all aspects of the national team structure, along with implementing a new officiating program and aiding the development of current or prospective teaching professionals. Rich graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Sports Development and Recreation in his home country of England. After a short career on the PSA tour, Rich has spent the past four years coaching in Greenwich, CT.

DENT WILKENS, Senior Vice President of Operations

dent.wilkens@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5882
Dent joined US Squash in August 2008 as a Program Manager, and is responsible for US Squash’s organized play and partnerships including those with the College Squash Association and Urban Squash. He also focuses on programs which support teaching professionals and coaches, as well as US Squash’s initiative to seed new middle and high school programs across the country. Prior to working at US Squash, Dent held teaching professional positions at at several clubs in Philadelphia and Boston. He captained the Princeton squash team, graduating in 2007, and helped manage the Princeton squash camp coaching staff for six years.

JAMES ZUG, Senior Correspondent

james.zug@ussquash.com; 212-268-4090 ext. 5882
James Zug joined US Squash in April 2013. An award-winning journalist with a masters in nonfiction writing from Columbia, he writes regularly for many magazines, newspapers and websites, including the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Fast Company, Outside, Daily Beast, Boston Globe, New Criterion, Tin House and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. He is the author of six books, including Squash: A History of the Game (Scribner, 2003) and Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear (Penguin, 2010) about Trinity’s squash coach Paul Assaiante. He has been a senior writer at Squash Magazine since 1998. He captained his squash team at Dartmouth and today is an avid singles and doubles league and tournament player.