Squash has everything: Hand-Eye coordination, mental and physical exhaustion, individual sport and team sport elements. It is physical chess and you're the pieces. Just when you think you're getting good, you realize you aren't. I love the process of discovery, of improvement, of competition. - Tim Dearnley, Head Coach
Tim Dearnley is entering his fifth year as head coach of Germantown Academy’s club squash team.
Dearnley learned squash in the junior program at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn, New York where sportsmanship and character were stressed and developed along with squash skills. Coach Dearnley believes in, and carries on, these lessons as he strives to help develop better people both on and off the squash court.
Dearnley graduated from The Hill School where he played varsity squash there for all three years he attended. From there, he went to Wesleyan University, playing in the No. 1 slot for his final two years and co-captaining the squad his senior year. Dearnley played a big role in helping the Cardinals win their division at Nationals his final two years.
Coach Dearnely is currently the President of the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association. He continues to compete in squash tournaments and is active in local squash leagues playing for the Germantown Cricket Club.
Dearnley is a Level 1 Certified U.S. Squash Coach. He lives in Wyndmoor with his son, Mac and dog, Teagen.
The GA Squash Club is made of Middle and Upper School student-athletes, and is pay-for-play. The team practices and competes at Gwynedd Valley Squash Club and Philadelphia Country Club.
The team is a co-ed club sport team and is in its fifth year of existence. It is not a member of any league.
- Build the team and ultimately create a varsity team that competes in the Inter-Ac League.
- Bring more Middle School players to keep the team strong in the future.
Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, beginning in mid-November and concluding in mid-March, the GA Squash Club has access to the courts at the Gwynedd Racquet Club from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm. In order to provide a more efficient teaching environment, we divide those players into two groups.
- The youngest players leave school in GA vans at 3:15pm for Gwynedd Racquet Club and will use the courts from 3:30-4:15pm. At 4 pm, another van will leave GA with the remaining players and head to Gwynedd Racquet Club. That second van will return to school with players from the first session. The players on the second van will have the use of the courts from 4:15-5:15 pm. At 5:15pm, there will be a van returning to GA for any player that needs a ride.
- The more experienced players will practice each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning in early December and concluding in late February. The GA Squash Club will have access to the courts at the Philadelphia Country Club on Conshohocken State Road from 7-8pm. The pro at the club will provide the instruction assisted by a GA squash coach. Each player will have to provide their own transportation to this facility.