ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

Mike Way
Mike Way
Title: Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University
Phone: (617) 495-4851
Experience: Fifth Season

Way, a professional coach for more than 25 years and one of the best teachers of the game in the world, was hired as Harvard's Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University on Aug. 9, 2010.

After four successful years, Harvard squash continued to thrive in the fifth year of coach Way's tenure. Coach Way lead the women's program to a 13-1 season and its third national title in four years, taking down rival Trinity, 7-2, in front of a home crowd on the Barnaby Courts. The men's team finished the season 10-4, going a perfect 7-0 in Ancient Eight play to bring home the teams third-consecutive Ivy League Championship and a third place finish at the team national championships. 

The individual success also continued for those under Way's tutelage as Amanda Sobhy recorded her fourth-straight undefeated season. The senior topped Trinity's Kanzy El-Defrawy, 3-1, bring the Ramsay Cup back to Cambridge and earn her fourth-straight Ivy League Player of the Year honor. Sobhy finished her career a perfect 62-0 and became only the second player in history to win four-straight individual championships.

In coach Way's fourth season, with both teams going undefeated in regular season play and capturing Ivy League titles. The women's side took down Dartmouth and Yale on its way to its second-consecutive meeting with Trinity with the Howe Cup on the line. Unfortunately, the Crimson fell, 5-4, ending a perfect season. The men's side took a 13-0 record into the national championship and would go on to sweep Trinity, 9-0, to capture the programs first national title since 1998. 

Coach Way lead the men and women to a pair of titles in his third year at the helm. Way guided the women to their second straight Howe Cup, knocking off Stanford (9-0), Penn (6-3) and Trinity (5-4) en route to a 15-1 overall mark. On the men's side, the Crimson earned a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic win over Yale on the last day of the regular season. The men went on to place second at the national championship, falling just short in the title bout to Trinity, to record its highest finish since 2004-05.

In just his second season in Cambridge, Way earned his first national title as he led the women's team to an undefeated season (17-0). The Crimson rolled to the Howe Cup championship match with 9-0 sweeps over No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 5 Trinity before beating rival Yale, 8-1, for the title. The men's team also had one of its highest finishes in recent years as the Crimson earned third place at the CSA National Team Championship.

In his first season at the helm of the Crimson, Way led the women's team to an 11-2 record and the men's squad to a 9-6 mark. The women's team finished the season with a 5-1 conference record and as the national runner-up. The men's team completed the 2011 season with an even 3-3 conference mark and downed Cornell in the consolation final at the CSA National Team Championship to finish the season ranked No. 5 nationally.

He followed up his championship performance in 2011-12 by leading the men and women to a pair of titles in his third year at the helm. Way guided the women to their second straight Howe Cup, knocking off Stanford (9-0), Penn (6-3) and Trinity (5-4) en route to a 15-1 overall mark. On the men's side, the Crimson earned a share of the Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 with a dramatic win over Yale on the last day of the regular season. The men went on to place second at the national championship, falling just short in the title bout to Trinity, to record its highest finish since 2004-05.

Way has coached several players of the Professional Squash Association and Women’s International Squash Players Association, including world champion and seven-time Canadian champion Jonathan Power, as well as Australian world champion Sarah Fitzgerald.  In addition, Way guided Graham Ryding to three Canadian titles, Shahier Razik to four Canadian championships and Marine Baizley and Melanie Jans to six Canadian national titles between them.  He has also been a frequent guest speaker at coaching conferences held by the World Squash Federation and both the Canadian and U.S. Squash Associations.

Way was the driving force behind the National Squash Training Center for Canada, training most of the country’s national team. The center was based at the Toronto Racquet Club for many years before his protégé, J Power, took over the reins. During that time he was an integral figure in developing players to over 100 national titles. Way has coached some of the most successful US college squash players over the last 10 years from the under 13 level upwards, including  Harvard’s Laura Gemmell, the 2010 CSA national champion and Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. From 1991-97, Way was the head coach professional at the Toronto Athletic Club, developing a strategy for the eventual creation of the national training center, while still training elite athletes.

A native of England, his formative squash years were in Nottingham where he won a state championship, and helped his team reach the finals of the national championships. After moving to Canada in 1981, he worked his way on to the national squad and helped the Canadian team win the Pan American squash championships in 1985.

"My real strength in the sport of squash has clearly been from the coaching perspective. I have been a sponge for everything and anything in order to be more effective," said Way. "I pride myself on taking pains to really understand the needs and personality of the individual and my passion for squash is maintained through teaching and the fact that I'm still learning!"