By Michael T. Bello
Published Aug 19, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Aug 18, 2010 at 9:45 PM ET

Washington, DC — Beginning this fall, Wendy Lawrence will coach both the men’s and women’s squash teams at George Washington University.

Below is a press release from George Washington University:

George Washington men’s squash coach Wendy Lawrence will assume head coaching duties for both the men’s and women’s teams, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mary Jo Warner has announced. Lawrence, who has coached the GW men’s squash team for the past three years and will continue as men’s coach, replaces former women’s head coach Maura Myers.

Last season, Lawrence led the men’s team to a 9-9 overall record, and a final national ranking of 20th. Under her guidance, the men’s team has risen 11 spots in the national rankings over the past three years. She takes over the women’s team which finished last season with a 9-5 overall record and a final national ranking of 17th. Last season, both the men’s and women’s teams finished with the highest national ranking in the programs eight-year history.

Lawrence joined the Colonials in September 2007 after 25 five years of coaching many of the nation’s top nationally ranked juniors including four-time U.S. National Men’s Champion, Marty Clark.

She served as the varsity head boys and girls coach at The Potomac School in McLean, Va. and led the teams to three Mid-Atlantic titles and a No. 21 national ranking. Additionally, Lawrence started Results Gym in Washington, DC in 2001 and served as the Director of Squash.

Lawrence began her squash career at Vassar College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and played on both the varsity squash and tennis teams. She served as the head squash coach at the Uptown Racquet Club in New York City while pursuing her professional squash tournament career. She moved to Washington, DC in 1981 where she was both general manager and head squash pro at Washington Sports Club. In 1984 she was nationally ranked No. 12 in the United States and No. 1 in the Washington, DC area for three years.

U.S. Squash awarded Lawrence the Wedgewood Trophy for her contributions to squash in the United States and the Feron Cup, the U.S. Squash national award for sportsmanship. In 2006, she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for the National Capitol Squash Racquets Association. In 2005, she founded the DC Squash Academy, a non-profit organization that trains under-served elementary school children from DC public schools in squash and provides them with academic support and mentoring.