ABOUT

Welcome to Pinnacle Squash, a squash academy and mentoring program owned by former Malaysian professional player and three time All American collegiate player, Lynn Leong.

Pinnacle Squash “Strives for excellence”, aims to inspire and empower student athletes in all aspects of their lives.  Our mission, to help young athletes realize their goals, they must have Grit, Passion and Perseverance.

Coaching Staff

LYNN LEONG

Principal and Director of Squash at Pinnacle Squash; Senior Assistant Coach for Men’s and Women’s Squash at Yale University

Lynn is currently the Senior Assistant Squash Coach at Yale University where she works with both the men and women’s team.  A 2005 graduate of Trinity College (CT) with a BA in photography.  Lynn started playing squash at her father’s club in Malaysia at the age of 4 and achieved a world professional ranking of 41 by the age of 16.  She was the former Asian Women’s Champion (Jordan, 1996), Finalist in the U19 British Junior Open and Finalist in the World Junior Championship (Belgium, 1999).  After coming to the US in 1999, she has been a two time Scholastic individual champion at St. George’s School (RI), three time 1st team All American at Trinity.  She is also a member of two time National Team Champions while playing for the lady Bantams.

Lynn began her coaching career at the Apawamis Club in Rye, NY,  working under the Hall of Fame squash legend Peter Briggs.  For the last 10 years, Lynn has been the Squash Director at the New Haven Lawn Club. While at the NHLC, she has nurtured numerous players to achieve top US junior rankings, including several current and past Yale players.  Lynn has help coached two runner up US junior women teams at World Junior Championship (2013 and 2015) while serving as the assistant coach. In 2015 Lynn received her level 3 squash coaching certification from US Squash.

Lynn lives in Branford, Connecticut with her husband Yiming and daughter Blake.

 

Devan Currie

Squash Haven Assistant Director of Squash; Pinnacle Squash Squash Professional

Devan Currie started playing squash at the tender age of 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. During his junior career, Devan was ranked in the top 3 in his province- Gauteng, and floated around the top 20 in the country in South Africa. He was named captain of his school team and played at the number 1 position. He attained his post graduate degree in BCOM HONS Sport Management at the University of Johannesburg and played on the university team. He was within the top 20 for his province after completing his degrees at university. In 2014, Devan completed his level 1 Squash coaching certification in South Africa.

Devan was a head coach at various schools in South Africa whilst coaching at a private club- Parkview Squash Centre under the 6 times World Masters Champion head coach, Craig van der Wath. Devan played for Parkview Squash Club after university and they won their league this year.

Devan is a senior mentor for marking and refereeing and was the chairperson for Technical Officiating serving on the Central Gauteng Squash Committee. Devan was the youngest referee in South Africa to receive his provincial referee status at 16 years old. He has been refereeing for over 8 years and has gained experience refereeing the top players in the world including Karim Gawad, Tarek Momen, LJ Anjema, Steve Coppinger, Amanda Sobhy, Sarah-Jane Perry, Heba El Torky to name a few. He also served on the Squash South Africa Executive before moving to the US recently. Devan uses his refereeing experience to aid in coaching players.

Devan has been coaching for over 6 years for all ages and skills levels- ranging from 8-60+. Having studied Human Movement Studies, he utilizes the information he has gained in his coaching, and keeps in mind the cognitive psychomotor systems as well as the developmental models of various ages to cater to the needs of the individual pupils. He uses both a scientific and practical method of coaching.