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2013-14 Coaching Staff

Shona Kerr - Head Men's Squash Coach

(860) 685-2444 - skerr@wesleyan.edu

Sona Kerr, head coach         Shona Kerr will be in her ninth year as head coach of both men's and women's squash at Wesleyan.  Coming to Wesleyan in 2005-06 after serving as the head squash coach at Wellesley College, Shona holds the rank of adjunct associate professor of physical education at Wesleyan.  In 2010-11, Shona was honored by the NESCAC as its men's squash Coach of the Year.
        Shona completed her four years as head squash coach at Wellesley College in 2004-05 with a cumulative record of 44-40. Her 2002-03 squad posted 15 victories, the most at the College since 1984.
        Shona came to Wellesley from the University of Wales Institutes Cardiff (UWIC), where she coached for one year.  Prior to UWIC, she coached the Cardiff University Squash club, where she tutored players of all ages and abilities from 1996-98.  In addition, she served as an assistant coach for the Sussex Under-19 girls' squad.
        As a player, Shona was a four-year member of the Welsh Universities team from 1996-99. More recently, she was a member of the UWIC team which won the Women's Welsh Premiere League. She also represented Wales at the 2000 European Club Championships, held in Amsterdam.  In the United States, Shona was a national squash age-group champion for under-35 and at the 5.0 skill level in both 2004 and 2005 and also played for the Boston Ladies "A" Team which won the Howe Cup. 
        In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Shona holds Level III advanced coaching certification from the England Squash Association. In the summer 2003, Shona traveled to Cairo, Egypt as a presenter at the World Squash Federation Development and Coaching Conference.  She also has been active in several camps as a coach including Squashbusters summer camp for which she served as director.  Shona served a two-year term as vice-president of the College Squash Association (CSA) from 2005-07, of which she has been a member since 2001, and completed a three-year term as CSA president in 2011.  She remained on the CSA Executive Committee for another year.  Shona also was integral in the creation of the CSA website.
        Shona earned a bachelors degree in music from Cardiff University in 1998 and received her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan in 2008, receving a handshake from soon-to-be two-term President of the United States Barack Obama at graduation.
      In October, 2006, Shona acted as local coordinator for the College Squash Association's Coaches Conference held at Wesleyan.  Shona also organizes activities around Wesleyan's Rosenbaum Squash Center to foster greater interest in the sport in the area.  In her spare time, Shona still enjoys competing and will play in squash tournaments if and when they can fit outside the college schedule. She is also an avid "Racketlon" competitor. A cousin of triathlon, Racketlon combines the four racket sports of table-tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. Shona has been ranked as high as 11th in the world and continues to compete internationally while holding a top-50 world ranking.
 
Jermaine Xaba - Assistant Coach

Jermaine Xaba, assistant coach     South-African born Jermaine Xaba joins the Wesleyan athletic staff as a department intern and assistant men's squash coach for the 2013-14 season. Jermaine was raised in Zimbabwe and later in England where he learned how to play squash as well as rugby and field hockey. In England, Jermaine played county squash for Dorset.
     Jermaine came to the U.S. in 2008 when he attended St. Lawrence University, majoring in history.  Playing as high as #1 during his career with the Saints, Jermaine captained the men’s squash team in his senior year. Since graduating in 2012, Jermaine has coached at the University Club in San Francisco, Mark Talbot’s squash camp in Rhode Island, and the squash club of Upper Black Eddy in Pennsylvania.
     Apart from coaching, he has also worked for Ajiri Tea Company, a for-purpose organization that creates employment and education for women and orphans in western Kenya. At Wesleyan, he is working toward his master's degree in liberal studies while coaching squash.  Jermaine also enjoys assisting the coaching staffs of the Wesleyan field hockey team and men’s rugby club.