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2015-16 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 11th year as head coach of both men's and women's squash at Wesleyan in 2015-16.  Coming to Wesleyan in 2005-06 after serving as the head squash coach at Wellesley College, Shona holds the rank of adjunct 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 was on the CSA Executive Committee thrugh 2014.  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 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.
Tim Bacon - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-2444 - tbacon@wesleyan.edu 

Tim Bacon, assistant coach

Tim Bacon enters his second season as the Men’s and Women’s assistant Squash coach. Bacon lectured in Smith College’s M.Sc. in Sports Coaching program from 1999 – 2015.  His lectures focused on sport science & coaching, Including physiology, psychology, pedagogy, and leadership. 

His past head coaching experience includes stops at University of Western Ontario (Interim Head Coach – (#1), McGill (#3), and Smith College (#11 CSA 1996-98); Bacon is also a personal coach to several female provincial, state and national age group champions. He has been a Level 4 Squash Canada Coach since 1988 and was the Canadian Jr. National Men’s Coach in 1990. 

Bacon was also a Master Course Conductor and Level 4 presenter with the Coaching Association of Canada, Squash Canada, Racquetball Canada, and Tennis Canada, 1992 – 2003.

He has been a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist since 2008. 

Bacon is a Registered Mental Training Consultant since 1986 (Canadian Registry), one of 14 approved to work with Canadian National Teams (all sports).

He was also a presenter at Squash Canada, World Squash Federation, International Tennis Federation, College Squash Association, U.S. Squash national coaching conferences, 1986 to present.

Bacon received a M.A. in Coaching/Sport Psychology from University of Western Ontario 1987. 

Michael Delalio - Assistant Men's Squash Coach

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

Mike, assistant         

While a student at Wesleyan, Mike contributed to the squash and baseball teams, serving as a captain for the top-20 ranked men’s squash team and winning two NESCAC Championships with the baseball team. He played on some of the strongest squash teams in the history of Wesleyan’s squash program. The teams beat rivals Amherst and Brown for the first time in decades, finished at an all-time high of 5thplace at the NESCAC Championships, and reached a national ranking of 16th.


Individually, Mike earned NESCAC Player of the Week, All-Academic, and All-Sportsmanship honors while contributing primarily at the #3 position for Wesleyan's squash team. Mike is credited with a strong record in 5-game matches, winning nine consecutively spanning from his sophomore to his senior seasons. He overcame an 8-2 deficit in the fifth game against Bowdoin his senior year with the team score tied 4-4, and he overcame a fifth game deficit of 10-3 against Amherst his sophomore year with the team score tied 3-3.


Mike’s previous coaching experience includes assisting Shona Kerr and former world #20 Shahier Razik at World Class Squash Camps in Middletown, CT, assisting former world #1 Peter Nicol at Nicol Champion’s Academy in Lakeville, CT, and privately coaching a number of local high school players.