Richard Glanfield Named New Head Squash Coach

richard glanfield and his players

Head Coach Richard Glanfield and his players are already gearing up for next season.

Veteran international coach will take over men’s and women’s programs

Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone has announced the hiring of Richard Glanfield as Dickinson’s new head coach of both the men's and women's squash programs, effective April 1.

"We are very fortunate to bring Coach Glanfield to Dickinson," says Quattrone. "Richard has made his presence known internationally as an outstanding coach and teacher of this great game, and all of Red Devil Nation looks forward to welcoming him to the Dickinson family."

Glanfield served as an interim coach during the 2021-22 season while the search for a full-time coach was being conducted. But spending time on campus made him rethink his temporary status.

"It was the players," he says. "Initially I was only asked to help throughout the season, but once I spent time with the athletes and had a chance to get to know them, I knew that this was the spot for me." 

Quattrone saw the connection as well: "It was clear to see how much our student-athletes enjoyed working with Richard this season, and the excitement was evident in their faces when the announcement was made that he would be taking over full-time." 

Glanfield, a native of Shropshire, England, began his professional career in 1983 and has coached all around the world. He became the world's youngest international squash coach when he took charge of the Cyprus national team at the 1986 European Championships at the age of just 21 and has since coached within the Netherlands, Spain and France. He’s also served as the national team coach of Malaysia—where he coached the top women's player in the world for nine years—Peru and most recently Trinidad and Tobago.

He arrived in the United States in 2012 and spent several years in Las Vegas and Santa Barbara before taking over as the director of squash at both the Baldwin School and Baldwin Squash Academy in Pennsylvania. 

"I have had a very fortunate career over the last 35 years as a squash coach and have been lucky to be involved at every level of this great game," Glanfield says. “College squash coaching is now seen as the very pinnacle of the squash coaching structure, and I’m both proud as well as honored that my path has brought me to Dickinson."


Published May 10, 2022