By Michael T. Bello
Published May 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated May 10, 2015 at 7:22 PM ET

Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY — On May 5th, Cornell University announced that James L. Broadhead (Class of 1957) and his wife, Sharon, have committed to a gift of $500,000 to the squash program’s endowment.  The gift will also be matched by an anonymous benefactor.

In recognition of the gift, Cornell University will name the head coaching position the James Broadhead ’57 Head Coach of Squash. Current men’s head coach Mark Devoy will serve as the inaugural holder of that title.

According to Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, “We are so grateful to Jim and Sharon for their transformative gift that will enhance the experience of Big Red squash athletes. The team enjoys a rich history and this gift helps to enable our program to remain competitive within the upper echelon of intercollegiate squash.”

Cornell joins several other schools in having named squash coaching positions. In 2014, Princeton established the Robert W. Callahan ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Squash, which is held by Sean Wilkinson. Dartmouth’s Hansi Wiens is the Douglas “Digger” Donahue 1973 Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Squash. Harvard’s Mike Way is the Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash. Brown University’s Stuart le Gassick is the Broadbent Family Head Coaching Chair for Squash Racquets, and Joseph Raho is the Steel Family Assistant Coaching Chair for Squash.