Asad Khan is the new squash professional at Nardin Academy Athletic Center. He will be teaching squash to all levels of play and be in charge of all venues that include private lessons, camps, group clinics and tournaments.
Before joining Nardin Academy, Khan was the Director of Squash at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He coached the high school’s squash team to the national championship in 2017. In 2016 and 2019 his Middle School Squash team also won national titles. Khan was also the head squash coach at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh and the head pro at the prestigious Pittsburgh Golf Club. Like the old saying goes, “Not too shabby.”
About a month ago he was introduced to a large crowd at the Nardin Center, where he talked about what he would do to make squash an outstanding success at the Nardin Academy Athletic Center. He impressed everyone with his expertise as he worked with youngsters and older players.
Unbelievably, Asad first started playing squash at the age of four. As Khan improved by leaps and bounds over the years he owed a great deal of his success to his father and brother Imran. At the age of 12 he won the National Pakistan 12 & Under Championships.
Khan says that when he teaches squash the first thing he looks for is the player’s technique in addition to how much each player’s mechanics must be improved.
When he works with adults he tries to make his teaching fun as they are learning. With children, their goals are more competitive. Hopefully, many of them will play in high school and eventually in college. Khan is hoping that down the road that two or three of his players may eventually play on the pro tour.
While in college in the United States Khan worked closely with his brother in the summer and winter. Being around so many squash players has made it easier to teach at all levels.
“Having played against so many great players with different styles has helped me become a better coach,” Khan said.
Joe Baudo is Nardin’s athletic director: “I am very happy and honored to welcome Asad Khan to the Nardin community. Asad has gained incredible experience over his career that will help us build a highly successful squash program in Western New York The hiring of Asad will allow the facility to take the next step in its development and help place Nardin squash at the forefront of the squash community in Western New York.”
Davis visiting Miller Center
Before losing in the fourth round Saturday to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, Lauren Davis defeated Angelique Kerber, the fifth-ranked player in the world, in three sets at Wimbledon. A 25-year-old native of Cleveland, Davis will be at Miller Tennis Center Saturday, July 13 to put on an early children’s clinic. She will also play a mid-day exhibition match with a selected local player to play against two of UB’s greatest doubles players.
The cost to see the doubles match plus a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner is $25. For further information call MTC at 632-8600.