Squash - Girls' Varsity
U.S. National Champions, Division II, 2015-16
U.S. National Champions, Division II, 2007-08
U.S. National Championships, Division I, 5th Place, 2013-2014
New England Championship, Division A, 3rd Place, 2013-2014
Founders League Champions in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14
The Taft girls' squash program has seen continued and growing success over the past years. In addition to the varsity and junior varsity levels, the increasing popularity of the sport has meant the recent creation of a third competitive team and the extension of the intramural program. The full spectrum of skills and interest levels are served. From the curious beginner to the passionate competitor, any student can enjoy being a part of this dynamic program at Taft.
The varsity team leads the competitive part of the program, competing in the A division of New England and participating in the U.S. National Championships. During the 2015-2016 and 2007-2008 seasons, the varsity team won Division II of the National Championships. During the 2013-2014 season, the team placed 5th in the nation by competing in Division I of the National Championships and finished their season by placing 3rd in Division A of the New England Championships.
Led by experienced and competitive coaches, our program attracts girls from squash bastions such as India, Bermuda, Philadelphia and Greenwich. Taft girls' squash regularly sends girls to play for the most competitive colleges and universities, including Harvard, Trinity, Bates and Tufts.
About Head Coach Jen Chandler
Jennifer joined Taft’s science department in 2015 after teaching for 22 years at her alma mater, Canterbury School. In addition to teaching science, Jennifer was a dormitory parent and a student advisor. She also coached boys’ and girls’ varsity squash, girls’ junior varsity soccer, and boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity tennis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University, earned Phi Beta Kappa, and received a master’s in education from Northeastern University. Jennifer earned a "Certificate of Excellence" from ETS for the Praxis Series Chemistry Content Knowledge test for 2007, and she was named "2013 Woman of the Year" by the student organization “Women of Canterbury.” At Taft, she teaches classes in psychology and chemistry and coaches girls’ varsity squash and tennis. Jennifer lives on campus with her husband, Corey, and their two daughters.