By Michael T. Bello
Published Aug 17, 2017 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 10:18 PM ET

Tufts UniversityMedford, MA — Earlier this week, Tufts University announced the appointment of Joe Raho as their new men’s and women’s squash coach.

Raho takes over the Tufts program from Joe McManus, who guided the Jumbos’ men to 48-66 record and the women to a 56-53 record over the past five seasons.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Raho is very familiar with college squash. He captained the Quakers during the 2008 – 2009 season. After college, he worked as a squash professional in New York and served as an assistant coach in Connecticut for Greenwich Academy. For the 2014 – 2015 season, Raho began a three-year term as the Steel Family Assistant Coaching Chair for Squash at Brown University.

According to Tufts’ Director of Athletics John Morris, “I am very excited to welcome Joe to Tufts to lead our men’s and women’s squash teams. With his experiences as a student-athlete at Penn and as an assistant coach at Brown, he embodies everything we were looking for in our next head coach. He has a genuine passion for the sport and his values align completely with the ideals that we stand for at Tufts Athletics.”

Raho will look to improve on the strong 2016 – 2017 campaigns of the Tufts men and women. The Tufts women finished the season ranked 19th, while the men garnered the 28th ranking position.

“I hope that at Tufts I can help our men and women on the varsity squash teams find that perfect balance between achieving everything they can in the classroom while still reaching their full potential in squash. Tufts seems to be a special place, and I only say that because of the countless stories I have heard from alumni, staff and current student-athletes who have told me how much the school means to them. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Jumbo family,” explains Raho.

Congratulations to Tufts and Raho.