Earlier this month Bob Hanscom was honored with the United State Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year Award.
The ceremony took place at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. Kevin Klipstein, the President and CEO of US Squash, presented the award to Hanscom during a squash doubles league night at the Jonathan Club. Bob Mosier hosted the evening, and in attendance were longtime California leaders Terry Eagle from Santa Barbara, former US Squash Board Chair Alan Fox from Long Beach and district president Dan Karnowsky.
Hanscom is in his the eighties, but still very involved in promoting squash. Squash is booming in southern California, and Hanscom is behind one of the brightest spots, at the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club in South Pasadena. He directed, with the help of US Squash, the steady conversion of the four racquetball courts there. Now with four courts, the program is thriving to the extent that Hanscom has hired four assistants to handle all the demand for lessons and clinics.
Hanscom is a strong believer in US Squash’s efforts to make squash more accessible. The Arroyo Seco, with nine lighted tennis courts in addition to the four squash courts, is a part of the City of South Pasadena’s recreation department and is a open-to-the-public, pay-per-play club.
A native of New England, Hanscom was a top junior ice figure skater and later an elite gymnastics coach. Three decades ago he relocated to Los Angeles and has helped spur the development of squash in southern California ever since. He worked as a teaching pro at the University Club of LA for seven years and the LA Athletic Club for fifteen years. He was a top referee, a tournament promoter (he ran the 1998 National Singles using a portable court and directed many professional tournaments) and a nationally-ranked masters player—he won the 1993 55+ division at the National Singles.
The USOC Developmental Coach of the Year nominee is coach of a youth club, high school or junior-level coach, or a coach directly responsible for coaching athletes to the junior and/or elite level. US Squash annually selects a club teaching professional who works directly with players of all abilities, helping develop outstanding, life-long players and members of our community. The most recent winner was Richard Millman.