Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin College has announced the hiring of Theo Woodward as head coach of the Polar Bear men's and women's squash programs.
Woodward comes to Bowdoin from Drexel University, where he has been the assistant coach for the last two seasons. Prior to that, Woodward was the assistant coach at Dartmouth for five years.
"We are thrilled to welcome Theo to the Bowdoin community and are excited for him to bring his passion for squash and supporting students in every aspect of their experience to campus," said Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. "Theo's considerable experience in the United States and abroad as a teacher of squash, time spent coaching with exceptional mentors at Dartmouth and Drexel, and his ability to cultivate positive team culture with both men's and women's players will be of considerable benefit to our programs going forward."
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Bowdoin College men's and women's squash teams," said Woodward. "Bowdoin is an exemplary school, with a commitment to seeking the Common Good. I look forward to instilling this in each student-athlete as we work together to build a strong, inclusive, lasting culture on and off the squash court, which the whole Bowdoin community can be proud of."
At Drexel, Woodward assisted head coach John White for the last two years, helping the women's program to its best-ever finish at nationals (7th) and a Kurtz Cup Division championship the year prior. Prior to that, he was the assistant coach at Dartmouth under Hansi Wiens for five seasons, helping the Big Green to two 10-win seasons in that span, and their highest national ranking in program history (No. 4), including the program's first-ever victory over Harvard and its first win over Princeton in Ivy League play.
Before Dartmouth, Woodward worked in the United Kingdom, running the Membership Department for England Squash and Racquetball, the UK's governing body for the sport. Woodward holds the UK Coaching Certificate Level 3 certification, which until recently was the highest current qualification attainable in the UK. He has coached and mentored Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Women's International Squash Players Association (WISPA) players as well as junior internationals.
As a player, he was a key member of the British University and National School Championship-winning teams. Additionally, he has won a number of tournaments and played internationally on the Professional Squash Circuit. Woodward studied Commerce at the University of Birmingham in the UK, graduating in 2008 with honors and a prize for his extended study on Squash Sponsorship.