ABOUT

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LEFIKA RAGONTSE
Head Coach, Co-owner of NJ Squash Club, Owner of Dread Sports

Lefika Ragontse is well-known around the world for his accomplishments and achievements in the sport of squash. He is recognized in Botswana and elsewhere for his passion for the youth, who he believes represent the real future of Botswana and the rest of the globe.  

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Four time NCAA Champion

  • USA U25 Champion

  • Botswana National Champion

  • Zimbabwe Open Champion

  • Namibian Open Champion

  • Captain of Botswana National Team

  • Captain of Trinity College Squash Team

  • Has coached 16 US Junior Squash National Champions.


Recruitment and Collegiate Programs: 
Amherst, Brown, Bates, Boston University, Colgate, Cornell, Denison, Dartmouth, Franklin and Marshal, Middlebury, George Washington, Hobart, Navy, North Western, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, St. Lawrence, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, Williams, Yale, Harvard

"Squash is as much a metaphor for life as it is
for success in business." 

our coaches

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Michael Craig
Professional Coach

Michael was a player on Trinity College's men's varsity team. He was named the NESCAC player of the year and the College Squash Association National Team Championship MVP. Before coaching full-time here at NJSC, he coached for several years at Dreadsports and at NJSC during the summer. Prior to Trinity, he was the youngest player in history to play for the Irish National Junior team at 16 years old, as well as the youngest to play for the Irish Junior National team at only 8 years. He went completely undefeated in high school and was a three-year captain that won an All-Ireland title. Additionally, he achieved the highest-ever world junior ranking in Irish squash history at #5.

He teaches clinics as well as private lessons and helps his players improve through fast-paced and intensive training. 

 
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CHAD SMITH
Professional Coach

Chad is the boys’ varsity squash coach at the Lawrenceville School. He grew up training at the Chatham Club under Geoff Mitchell, and competed in the junior tournament circuit from 2003-2007. In 2005 he attained the #2 rank in the nation (personal best), participated in US squads, represented America in the boys’ under 13 Canada-American international challenge, and finished 9th in the Scottish Jr. Open, as well as finishing 5th at US Nationals in 2007.

 

Additionally, Chad has recently re-passed his referee exam and officiates matches at Princeton University. In 2017 & 2018 he coached the Stuart middle school and high school squash teams. Chad has been invited to coach at top tournament training camps at Princeton University and Yale University.

 

"Chad brings energy, knowledge, and a love for the game."

 

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