Session 1 - July 15-21
Session 2 - July 22-28
With Head Squash Coach of Connecticut College, Mike MacDonald
and Connecticut College Assistant Coach, Sarah Odell
1 Week: Full Day - $600
1 Week: Full Day Residential - $1,100
Girls entering grades 6-10
1 Week Half-Day Mornings paired with Summer@SEM in the afternoon - $475
1 Week Half Day Mornings paired with Sleepaway@SEM in the afternoon - $975
Girls entering grades 6-9
Michael MacDonald is entering his second season as the head coach of the men's and women's squash programs at Connecticut College.
Mike brings a diverse coaching history, having been a trailblazer in the Chicago area squash community. Since 2012, Mike has been the assistant squash professional at the University Club of Chicago. He acted as the assistant tournament director for the Windy City Open, the world's second-largest professional squash tournament. In 2017, Mike became the squash professional at the East Bank Club in Chicago, providing tailored instruction to members. For two years at Franklin & Marshall College, Mike directed the Squash ACES programs which provided squash and educational support to underserved students from local public schools. He has worked with collegiate players, volunteering with the club team at the University of Chicago.
Mike was the squash director at MetroSquash in Chicago, an organization that hosted practice and competition for over 150 young squash players. In 2016, MacDonald was given the opportunity to establish a squash program at Beacon Academy which quickly gained popularity. By the next season, MacDonald had founded the Chicagoland Squash Conference for Chicago-area high school squash programs, acting as league administrator.
Mike played collegiate squash at nationally-ranked Denison University. He received a BA in economics and environmental studies and graduated in 2009. In 2016, he received his masters' degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University, where he was elected Student Board President. Mike lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife, Hannah.
The squash curriculum will cover all areas of the game, themed each day, with match play in the afternoons. Off court, campers will take part in all-camp meals and recreational and residential activities. It is our goal to have each girl leave the camp improved as a squash player and more empowered young woman.
Sarah Odell, a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, attended Wellesley College as a double major in English and religion. While there, she played varsity squash, where she was the number one player all four years and a two-year co-captain. Ms. Odell also represented Team USA at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where she played number one on the women’s squash team.
Afters graduating from college, she worked at HarperCollins Publishers before deciding to return to the boarding school world. Sarah taught at the Hill School before entering a master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote her master’s thesis on women and leadership in independent schools.
Sarah started the first women's doubles league in the United States and has played on two Lapham Grant teams, competing for the United States in this annual match between the United States and Canada. In 2015, Sarah was the recipient of the Wedgewood Sportsmanship Award for Outstanding Contributions to New York Women's Squash, and in 2016 she was appointed head coach for Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Squash team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.
Sarah currently teaches English and serves as an advisor to the Penn Fellows, advisor for Model United Nations, dorm affiliate, and advisor. She lives on campus with her French bulldog, Sage.
She is returning to higher education in the Fall of 2018 to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
For more information please email Elizabeth Coffey, director of summer programs at SAS@buffaloseminary.org