During the first round, members of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame in attendance at the event were honoured and introduced onto court along with Kevin Klipstein, CEO of U.S. Squash.
Jim Zug, chairman of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame Committee, reports …
Demer Holleran, class of 2004
Winning more open national titles than any person in U.S. history, she was the only American to effortlessly cross over from hardball to softball, and among many other achievements she attained a world softball ranking of 21 and was a silver medalist in both the individual and team events at the Pan-American Games in 1995 and 1999.
As coach of Penn women for 9 years she brought them their first-ever Howe Cup victory in an undefeated 2000 season, and this year won the President’s Cup, becoming the first woman pro to receive U.S. Squash’s highest award.
Samuel P. Howe III, class of 2002
Sam Howe began his competitive squash career at the inaugural national junior tournament in 1956. After captaining the Yale varsity team he won his first-ever singles tournament at the 1962 Nationals in Buffalo, coming back from a 2-0, 9-5 deficit in the final to beat Ben Heschker 15-13 in the fifth.
Five years later he won his second title in Chicago without losing a game, which helped him complete a North American grand slam never duplicated – the National Singles and Doubles titles of both the U.S. and Canada in the same year.
A strong shotmaking left-waller in doubles, Howe won six Nationals, the first three with Bill Danforth and the last three with his brother Ralph.
Darwin P. Kingsley, class of 2001
As a player at Yale, class of 1950, Kingsley played number one on the famous Skillman team that went undefeated for four seasons and 47 matches in a row until losing to Princeton in the final match of the 1949-50 season. In later year he partnered Alfie Hunter to win the national senior doubles in 1979 and 1980 and the masters doubles in 1988.
But Darwin Kingsley is best known as haivng served as the first executive director of the United States Squash Association, from 1974 to 1992.
Both his father, Darwin Jr, and his brother, Charlie, served as President of U.S. Squash, and he did likewise from 1974-75. When the association decided it needed its first full-time director, Kingsley was hired.
He established an office in Bala Cynwyd and for 18 years presided over the greatest growth the game in the U.S. had ever seen. Membership soared from 160 clubs and 800 individual members in 1974 to 350 member clubs and over 10,000 members when he retired in 1992.
Throughout his tenure he was an active, cheerful leader and a solid force for the amateur game.
Ann Wetzel, Class of 2003
A consistent shotmaker with well-honed strokes, Ann was national champion in 1964 and national doubles champion in 1952, 56, 59 and 64.
She lost in the finals of the nationals six times before winning her sole singles title, and won four Penssylvania state titles, six Philadelphia & District, and one Connecticut states title.
Ann’s legacy off court was most felt at Penn, where she started the women’s squash team in 1968 and coached until 1994, where she started the women’s squash team in 1968 and coached until 1994. In 1973 she was one of the women who founded the women’s intercollegiate association.
U.S. SQUASH Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
New inductees to the U.S. SQUASH Hall of Fame were announced at a Saturday evening ceremony at the 2011 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.
Jim Zug, U.S. Hall of Fame Committee Chair described the nomination and selection process and provided the names of the inductees to the Classes of 2009 and 2010. To be inducted into the Class of 2009 are Betty Richey and Greg Zaff. The Class of 2010 will be Tom and Hazel Jones.
Formal induction ceremonies and celebrations co-hosted by U.S. SQUASH and the local Districts of the inductees are being planned for the 2011-2012 season and the inductees or their family members will be honored at the 2012 U.S. Open to take place in Philadelphia next October.
In considering a “short list” of approximately 30 people, the Hall of Fame Committee recommended and the Board of Directors approved inducting Betty Richey and Greg Zaff into the Class of 2009, and Tom and Hazel Jones into the Class of 2010.
Richey was the longtime women’s squash coach at Vassar. She started the squash program there in the late 1930s and was the driving force behind the establishment of the women’s intercollegiate individual tournament in 1965 and the team tournament in 1973 and helped run both until 1984. An outstanding athlete, she played on the U.S. national team in both lacrosse and field hockey and has been inducted into both their respective halls of fame.
Zaff was an outstanding collegiate player who became a major force on the professional hardball tour in the late 1980s. In 1996 he created the urban squash movement by starting the SquashBusters program in Boston. He later launched NUSEA, the coalition of urban programs and is now again the executive director of SquashBusters.
Tom and Hazel Jones were the founders and directors of Squash News for twenty-one years and the directors of fourteen U.S. Opens and a North American Open. They played a key role in getting squash into the USOC and Pan-Am Games.
The criteria for membership is simple: the Hall is open to all U.S. players (hardball, softball, singles, doubles, pro, amateur), as well as individuals who helped the game grow and flourish. A person should have been a U.S. resident (but not necessarily a U.S. citizen) for a substantial portion of his career or had otherwise had a personal and significant impact on the U.S. game. A player must be retired from open singles competition for five years before consideration. The key requirements are dominance on the court or impact off the court and overall integrity and sportsmanship.
There are three categories of members: Player, Coach or Administrator/Contributor. There are 28 players, 6 coaches and 5 administrators currently in the Hall of Fame, while many of those included could qualify in more than one category.