Coaching Stars Head for Scotland
Scottish sport is to benefit from
the appointment of two of the leading names in the world of
Roger Flynn, former coach to the table-topping Australian
2002 Commonwealth Games Squash Team and former personal coach of
Commonwealth and World Champions, and Bill McNally,
author, tutor and Chair of the American Squash Coach Development
Programme for over 10 years, will both join Scottish Squash in
October as National Coach and Coach Education and Development
|"Scottish Squash is
delighted to have recruited individuals of such
world-class expertise and reputation as Roger and Bill.
"Their appointments, and the funding received from
sportscotland to support these, are testament to
Scottish Squash’s commitment to the development of
coaching in Scotland and these individuals will bring a
wealth of knowledge to Scottish sport at a time when
coaching and the development of coaching could not be
Chief Operating Officer
of Scottish Squash
"I have admired the
work that has been done by Scottish Squash to establish
structures and systems by which talented young squash
players can be fast tracked to achieve at the highest
levels in European and world squash.
"At the same time,
they are intent on lifting the performances of their
senior players in terms of world rankings, Commonwealth
Games success and beyond.
"I am excited by the prospect
of working in this professional and creative environment
and to being so
close to the competitive centre of world squash."
"I am thrilled to be
chosen for this important position and the opportunity
to join the Scottish Squash team.
"It will be an exciting time for Scottish Squash as we
develop our training and educational programmes for
squash participants of all standards and in preparation
for the Commonwealth Games in 2010."
Roger Flynn was formerly Head Coach for the Victorian
Institute of Sport (VIS) Squash Programme and is one of the
sports leading performance coaches.
Roger has been personal coach to World Champion and Commonwealth
Games Gold medallist Sarah Fitzgerald, Commonwealth Games
medallist and former world top 5 player Paul Price, former world
top 5 player Anthony Hill and World Doubles Champion Cameron
In addition Roger has led a VIS Squash Programme which has
produced numerous world-class players and Australian
representatives including Commonwealth Games Silver medallist
Byron Davis and former world top 16 player John Williams.
Roger has presented at numerous World Squash Federation Coaching
Conferences and notably was a key speaker at the 2006
Commonwealth International Sports Conference.
He has acted as a member of the Squash Australia National
Coaching and High Performance Committees, an Australian National
Selector and sat on the Management Board of the Professional
Squash Coaches Association of Australia. He takes up his role as
Scottish Squash National Coach on 26 October and has been
appointed on a four-year contract leading up to the 2010
|"Roger is one of the
leading coaches in the world of squash with a depth and
breadth of both knowledge and experience that is
"Roger has a demonstrated record of producing
world-class performers and Scottish Squash is proud to
have attracted a candidate with such impressive
credentials to the position of National Coach.
"We look forward to Roger's input in a dynamic team
dedicated to advancing Scotland to the forefront of
National Performance Director
Bill McNally, most recently Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach
at Connecticut College, New London, will be charged with
developing and implementing Scottish Squash’s coaching strategy.
Working in conjunction with sportscotland, home country squash
representatives, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and
Scottish tutors and coaches, McNally will develop and promote
the highest quality Coach Education Programme dedicated to the
development of coaches and players at all levels of the player
McNally, a Canadian Level 3 coach has been active in the
American Squash Rackets Association Coach Development Programme
for over 10 years. As both author and deliverer of the
Programme, the former American Coaching Chair has presented to
numerous World Coaching Conferences, including to the US Olympic
Committee. McNally just returned from the World University
Squash Championships in Szeged, Hungary where he guided the US
team to a 4th place finish.
Kim Atkinson stated: “The importance of coaching and the impact
of high quality coaching programmes and pathways to the
development of sport in Scotland cannot be underestimated.
Bill’s unique experience in having previously devised and
delivered an internationally recognised programme will be of
enormous value to Scottish Squash and Scottish sport.”
|"The importance of
coaching and the impact of high quality coaching
programmes and pathways to the development of sport in
Scotland cannot be underestimated. Bill’s unique
experience in having previously devised and delivered an
internationally recognised programme will be of enormous
value to Scottish Squash and Scottish sport."