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2013-14 Coaching Staff

Shona Kerr - Head Women'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.
 
Patti Klecha-Porter - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-2899 - pklechaporte@wesleyan.edu

Patti Klecha-Porter, assistant coach

     Patti Klecha-Porter completed her 29th year as head coach of the Wesleyan field hockey team during the fall of 2013. Patti served as head women's squash coach for 15 seasons (1986-2001) as well but became the team's assistant coach in 2001-02 and has been in that position since. Joining the Wesleyan staff in 1985, Patti is an adjunct professor of physical education at the University. In 1999, she was honored as NESCAC field hockey coach of the year and was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in September, 2007.
     A 1981 graduate of Ithaca College where she was a team captain and MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse, Patti was inducted into her alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989, Patti also was named to a New York State sectional sports hall of fame. Patti earned her M.S. degree from Springfield College while serving as head coach of lacrosse and a field hockey assistant. Before enrolling at Springfield, Patti spent two years teaching and coaching in the Phelps-Clifton Springs, N.Y., school system.
     A veteran of the Olympic Sports Festival, competing in field hockey, Patti also has played internationally. She formerly played in the Hampshire Field Hockey Association and helped her club team, Stars & Stripes, attain renown as a perennial power.

     Always active at summer field hockey camps, Patti directs the Cardinal Field Hockey Camp at Wesleyan. In women's lacrosse, she holds an International Umpiring rating, the highest level for umpires in the game, and has done numerous NCAA tournament games including national championship games at all levels.  She also umpired at the 2001 IWLA World Cup in Wycombe, England; the 2005 edition in Annapolis, Md.; the 2009 games in Prague, Czech Republic; and most recently the 2013 competition in Oshawa, Ontario.