Coaches

 

Mark Allen
Head Coach

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a nationally and internationally renowned player and coach, whose credentials include a former top 50 world ranking and certification as an England Squash Level 4 Elite coach (the highest coaching qualification in English squash). Coach Allen has achieved success at virtually every level and in every phase of the sport. As a junior, he captained England to a first-place finish in the World Junior Team Championships. During his career on the PSA tour, he reached a world ranking of #41 before returning to England to take a BA in industrial economics from Nottingham University in 1996. While there, Allen competed at the university level, capturing a number of individual titles in addition to captaining the British Universities Squash Team to victory in the 1996 World Student Games.

In his coaching career Allen has worked as part of the England World Class Performance Program, with the English National Squads, and as coach and manager of the Guernsey squash team, which competed at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. From 2003 to 2005, Allen was the U.S. National Junior Women’s Team Coach, leading the team to a 4th place finish at the World Junior Championships in 2005–at that time, the highest ever finish from a U.S. squash team in a world squash championship event. For this achievement he was nominated by US Squash to the National Olympic Committee as the 2005 National Coach of the Year.

Prior to his appointment as Head Coach of the Virginia squash teams, Allen was coaching at Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town, South Africa. During this time, he produced nearly a dozen South African National Champions, including former South African #1 and world top 20 ranked player, Tenille Schwartz. He was nominated the South african coach of the Year in 2005.

In addition to coaching the squash teams at the University of Virginia, Allen is also Director of Squash at Boar’s Head Sports Club. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Tracy, and two children, Daniel and Jayden.

Grant White
Assistant Coach

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Grant White

Grant White served as head coach for the Virginia squash teams from 2011-2013, leading the men’s and women’s teams to final 2013 rankings of #26 and #36 respectively. A native of Charlottesville, White has been active in the Central Virginia squash community for nearly two decades. As a junior player, he was Virginia State Champion in 2000 and helped lead his high school team (Woodberry Forest) to two Mid Atlantic Championships (1998, 1999). White played varsity squash and lacrosse at Bowdoin College, helping both teams to consistent top-20 finishes. He was a co-captain of the squash team in 2003-2004. In addition to his work with the teams at UVa, White also coaches squash at the Saint-Anne’s Belfield School and is director of squash and head teaching pro at Atlantic Coast Athletic Club.

White holds a BA in English and art history from Bowdoin College and an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Mara, and their son, Virgil.

Gib Staunton
Academic and Career Advisor

Gib Staunton

Gib Staunton joins the Virginia Squash Program staff as academic and career advisor for players on the team. Gib is the founder and principal of Staunton Career Advisors, where she works with young men and women who are entering the work force after finishing undergraduate or graduate programs or as they shift careers. Gib’s expertise allows her to guide young professionals into fields that matches their interest and aptitude; she assists them through the entire process, including job applications, networking, mock interviews, and résumé review. As part of the Virginia Squash staff, Gib will be doing workshops with the squash team on all of the preceding topics, as well as advising and assisting with course selection and study hall sessions.

Gib is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is in the process of receiving her Leadership Coaching Certificate from George Mason University. Prior to starting Staunton Career Advisors, Gib was the Lower School Admission Director at St. Anne’s- Belfield School from 2002-2016. Gib also taught for 10 years in the Boston area at Shady Hill School, Chestnut Hill School and Nashoba Brooks School of Concord.

Staunton currently serves as a member of UVA’s Curry School Foundation Board. She is on the National Selection Committee and the Chair of the Designated Schools Selection Committee for the Jefferson Scholars Program. She is also a member of the Ron Brown Scholars Advisory Board. She was selected to be in UVA’s Raven Society. She and her husband, Platt, have four children.