Principal, Pinnacle Squash; Brooks G.Ragen Director of Squash, Yale University.

As the Principal of Pinnacle Squash, Lynn Leong directs and oversees the programs at Pinnacle Squash. Additionally, Leong is the Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash and currently serves as head coach for both the women’s and men’s teams at Yale University. She joined the Bulldogs in 2017 as a senior assistant coach and was later promoted to associate head coach in 2019 and interim head coach in 2021. Leong is the second Ragen Director of Squash after Talbott, and the first-ever woman to coach Yale’s men’s squash team as well as the first Asian-American squash head coach at Yale. She is the third woman to direct the women’s program.

Leong won two national team championships as a player at Trinity College, from where she graduated in 2005. Since coming to the U.S. from Malaysia in 1999, she has been a two-time Interscholastic individual champion at St. George’s School (R.I.) and a three-time first-team All-American at Trinity. The former photography major in college started playing squash at her father’s club in Malaysia at the age of four and achieved a world professional ranking of 40 by 16. She was the Asian Women’s Champion (Jordan, 1996), a finalist in the U19 British Junior Open, and a finalist in the World Junior Championship (Belgium, 1999).

Leong began her coaching career at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., in August of 2007, working under Hall of Fame squash legend Peter Briggs. She has also served as the Squash Director at the New Haven Lawn Club (NHLC) from 2007-to 2017. While at the NHLC, she nurtured numerous players to achieve top U.S. junior rankings, including future Yale student-athletes.

Leong, who received her level 3 squash coaching certification from U.S. Squash in 2015, helped coach two runner-up U.S. junior women’s teams at the World Junior Championship (2013 and 2015) while serving as the assistant coach. Leong, a Davenport College Fellow, lives in Branford, Conn., with her husband, Yiming, and daughter, Blake.