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Greco Placed on Grand Master Honor Roll

John Greco (l) and wife Kathleen Sharkey

John Greco (l) and wife Kathleen Sharkey

On Saturday night at the U.S. Century Doubles Championships, during the tournament dinner, a new person was placed on the A. Carter Fergusson Grand Master Honor Roll. John Greco was given the 2017 award by US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein.

Klipstein noted that perhaps most central to Greco’s unique qualifications is his deep passion for sharing squash with others, and that no other person embodies the standard “a life and lifetime in squash” better than Greco.

Introduced by George Kellner, Greco commented on and shared some of the incredible stories of people he met through squash ranging from princes to world-class entertainers over his half century of coaching squash.

Greco is one of Manhattan’s long-serving teaching professionals. He coached at the City Athletic Club (1959-1962); University Club of New York (1962-1978); South Street Squash Club (1982-1985); Harvard Club of New York (1982-1985); Park Place Squash Club (1985-1988); Le Parker Meridien Hotel (1985-1988); Colony Club (2001-2008) and River Club (2004-2008).

In recent years Greco, who turns seventy-nine next month, has been an inspiration to many. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008 but has continued to play high-level masters squash around the country. He is an avid tournament player and has entered the National Singles every year since his diagnosis.

The A. Carter Fergusson Grand Master Honor Roll recognizes a lifetime of contributions and accomplishments in the game of squash. On the court the Fergusson honorees have demonstrated unbounded enthusiasm, competitive spirit and great sportsmanship and skill along with success; off the court, they have exemplified the ideal qualities of leadership, setting the standard for a life and lifetime in squash.

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3 Comments

  1. Nina Rosen February 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    What an accomplishment! Very few people have this kind of dedication to, and skill in, their work. Congratulations, John Greco! An award well-deserved!

  2. Richard Backus February 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Good work, John. No doubt some of your inspiration comes from Kathy! This is Gold Medal stuff!

  3. Dan Souza March 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Just met John at the Philly Masters for the first time and was greatly inspired by his passion for the sport and lifetime accomplishments. Can’t wait to read his to-be-published book, An Extraorinary Life of An Ordinary Man. Bravo, John!

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