|Title:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Previous College:||Kenyon 2008|
|Home Address:||Murr Center Room 302|
Luke Hammond is entering his ninth season in 2019-20, after joining the Harvard coaching staff in September 2011. Hammond currently leads recruiting for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The 2018-19 campaign saw both Crimson programs experience high levels of success as both went undefeated in dual-match play en route to Ivy League and national titles. The women went 13-0 and captured their fourth Ivy championship in a row before earning their fifth straight Howe Cup. The Harvard women's team defeated all 13 opponent by 9-0 scores and enter 2019-20 with a 65-match winning streak. The Crimson men, meanwhile, won the Ivy title outright and finished the regular season undefeated for the first time 2013-14. Harvard (16-0) eventually pocketed the program's 26th Potter Cup and fist since '13-14.
Aided by Hammond's expertise, the Crimson produced a women's national title, women's Ivy League crown, and men's individual national championship in 2017-18. The women's squad completed it third consecutive undefeated season, going 15-0 (7-0 Ivy) en route to a nation-leading 18th Howe Cup. The men's team finished second in the nation for the second straight year. A trio from both sides reached the national semifinals in the Pool Trophy and Ramsay Cup draws. Senior David Ryan capped a perfect 19-0 season by winning the men's national title, while sophomore Gina Kennedy contested for the women's championship for a second straight season. Ten student-athletes (six women and four men) earned All-America honors for their performances on the court, whereas eight (four men and four women) were recognized as CSA Scholar-Athletes. The two teams earned seven All-Ivy accolades as well, with the women leading the way with four.
In 2016-17, Hammond helped guide the women's team to its third-straight national championship and second consecutive undefeated season. Hammond was also instrumental in helping the men finish 7-0 in Ivy action, earning its fourth Ivy title in the last five years, and in reaching the national title game for the first time since 2014-15.
In 2015-16, Hammond guided the women's team to its second-straight national championship and the Ivy League title, while the men's team finished tied for second in the league.
In his first season, he helped lead the Crimson men to a third-place finish (best in five years) and the women to an Ivy League title and national championship. In his second season, he assisted in earning another national championship for the women and a shared Ivy title and second-place national finish for the men. His third season saw two more Ivy titles and the first men's national championship since 1998. His fourth season saw continued success as the women's team took home it third national title in four years and the men's team won its third-consecutive Ivy championship.
During the summer, Hammond teaches at camps at both Harvard and Yale. He co-directs the Next Step Squash Junior Program at the Murr Center. Previously he taught alongside Jonathon Power and Thierry Lincou, both former world No. 1 players.
Hammond is a Level III certified coach and instructor for the US Squash Level 1 and Level II courses. He serves as the College Squash Liaison on the Massachusetts Squash Board.
Before joining the Crimson, Hammond coached for three years at SquashBusters, an urban squash program in Boston. There he guided his players to three Urban Team National Finals and one Urban Team National Championship.
A 2008 graduate of Kenyon, Hammond earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and environmental studies. He was a midfielder on the lacrosse team and made two NCAA tournament appearances. As captain of the squash team, he managed all aspects of their emerging program.