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US Squash announced the retaining of Ned Edwards as the association considers building a National Center as part of its long term strategic plans.

Edwards, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, who also earned an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University, was inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in 2003. A star at Penn, and the number one ranked amateur in 1979 and 1980, Edwards went on to a remarkable pro career and was ranked number two on the tour for six years. He set the standard for international play by leading U.S. teams in five world championships. Equally talented as a doubles player, Edwards won tournaments including three North American Opens, three Johnsons, one Cambridge and one Elite.

l-r: Ned Edwards, Mark Talbott, Clive Caldwell
l-r: Ned Edwards, Mark Talbott, Clive Caldwell

After pro squash, Edwards coached the men’s varsity team at his alma mater in the early 1990’s for six years before moving on to work in a variety of roles, including for luxury sporting club real estate developers, the Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management Group, and as a partner at the executive search firm of Ingram & Aydelotte, and prior to joining Park America in 2009 as a Vice President with a focus on the high service hospitality accounts, location management and account acquisition.

Edwards expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, commenting, “From every vantage point and from all the recent discussions I have had about the potential for a National Center, I believe now is the time to pursue this long-held goal for US Squash.”

US Squash Chairman of the Board Mark Pagon added, “We are very pleased Ned has agreed to join the team. Ned is a legend in the game, and has a professional background that is uniquely qualified to meet this current need.”