Ronny moved to DC from Belgium in November 2018 and has been a fixture in the International Squash community for over 30 years. After training as a coach professionally in England, Vlassaks became the National Junior Coach for both the Netherlands and Belgium where he grew his passion for developing players. Vlassaks has traveled the world developing and expanding squash programs, training fellow coaches, and many of the current top Junior players, before landing in the United States as Squash On Fire’s Director of Squash. In addition to his role at Squash On Fire, Vlassaks continues to serve as the individual coach to some of the world’s top squash talent, including Simon Rösner (World #5) and the Gilis sisters (Nele ranked World #12 and Tinne #18), as well as to promote the game of squash as a member of the World Squash Federation Ambassadors Program.
Karan Malik is one of the top ranked Indian national players, and was a former U-17 junior national champion before moving to the United States. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Trinity College, where he was recruited to play for the Trinity Men’s Squash team. During his time at Trinity, Karan's team won 2 National Championships. Karan played as high as #1 on the ladder and, in his senior year, captained the team to their 15th National Title. He was also named to the All-American Team and All-Nescac Team twice. Prior to joining the team at Squash On Fire Karan spent a year working as the Assistant Coach at Lifetime Athletic Westchester where he worked with both juniors and adults to develop their squash games. He joined us at SOF in 2017 and has become a key part of our coaching roster. His easy going manner has been popular with players of all ages and abilities. He has certainly made a very positive impact on the DMV squash community!
Pascal Lienard has been a part of the DC squash community for more than 20 years. He has trained with a wide range of players – from beginners to some of the world's top-ranked professionals. Pascal's natural athleticism and experience as a runner and swimmer shapes the way he approaches the game. Pascal plays, trains and coaches players to be disciplined and stick to the fundamentals.
He is recognized for his allegiance to the "T," volleys, beautiful lobs and endless stamina. His genuine love for squash gives him the excitement and energy to work with squash students of all abilities. If you have the chance, ask him about French food.
Will is from London, England and racquet sports have played a huge part in his life. After graduating from the University of Bristol he spent four years coaching rackets and squash based at the Racquet Club of Chicago. During that time he had a number of successes competing professional in rackets. Will was the World Doubles champion from 2013-2015 and won more than 40 tournaments on the pro tour including the US and British Opens while attaining a career high ranking of #2 in the world. Most recently, Will spent three and half years directing marketing and serving on the executive team at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, MD. He served as tournament director for top-tier USTA and ITF events in addition to being at the helm for many of JTCC’s fundraising initiatives. He brings with him extensive marketing, sales and events experience and is very excited to be overseeing the continued development and growth of Squash On Fire.
Ahmad started playing squash at the age of 7 in Amman, Jordan. He quickly rose through the ranks to win multiple junior national titles. In 2010 he started competing professionally on the PSA tour and over the course of the next seven years he reached the finals of two tour level events in addition to achieving a career high world ranking of 149. He was also the #1 ranked player from Jordan for four consecutive years. Ahamd moved to the DC area in 2014 and worked for 6 years as the Assistant Athletic Director at the University Club. He has extensive coaching experience and particularly enjoys teaching players the nuances of the game so they get the most out of their time on court. He is generally available for lessons after 5 pm on weekdays and at the weekends.
Conor started playing squash as a freshman in high school while simultaneously being ranked in the top 20 in New Jersey’s USTA rankings. He continued to combine squash and tennis throughout his high school career. He attained #1 high school state squash ranking in both his junior and senior years. Conor earned a place at George Washington University in 2019 to studying accounting. He’s currently part of the GW squash team and was a recent finalist in Squash On Fire’s September 2021 Invitational. Conor particularly enjoys seeing the impact of his coaching when a player begins to make real improvements!
Samira started playing squash at the age of 13 after switching from tennis at Meadow Mill in Baltimore. She represented McDonogh's co-ed varsity team in High School in addition to competing in US Squash events. Samira earned a top 50 national ranking in the U19s and played internationally in the Dutch Junior Open. In addition to her playing she was the community service leader at McDonogh partnering with SquashWise, Baltimore's urban squash program. Samira graduated from high school in 2017 and earned a place at Cornell University. She played on the team at Cornell for all four years and helped the squad earn a top 15 national ranking each season. Samira loves interactive coaching sessions and working with kids. One of her mantras is finding that perfect balance between having fun and pushing yourself. She is excited to be a part of the Squash On Fire community.