Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. - Joe Raho, the assistant squash coach at Brown University since 2014, has been hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University men's and women's squash programs. The announcement was made today by Director of Athletics John Morris.
Raho is a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He replaces Joe McManus, who guided the Jumbos for five seasons from 2012-17.
At Brown, Raho assisted head coach Stuart leGassick with the men's and women's teams. Both programs were ranked among the College Squash Association (CSA) top 20 throughout Raho's tenure. In 2017, the Bears' women's team was ranked 11th and the men were 19th in the final CSA poll.
"I am very excited to welcome Joe to Tufts to lead our men's and women's squash teams," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "With his experiences as a student-athlete at Penn and as an assistant coach at Brown, he embodies everything we were looking for in our next head coach. He has a genuine passion for the sport and his values align completely with the ideals that we stand for at Tufts Athletics."
"The Jumbos now possess a hard-working, conscientious individual who cares deeply about the student-athlete experience," leGassick said. "The squash program is in safe hands and I am already looking forward to some great Brown-Tufts matches."
Before Brown, Raho was an assistant coach at Greenwich Academy as well as the assistant squash pro at Round Hill Country Club in New York.
Raho graduated from Penn in 2009 with a degree in History. He was captain of the men’s squash team during his senior year at Penn, and he was the chair of the community service committee of the Penn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be named the next head squash coach at Tufts University," Raho said. "I hope that at Tufts I can help our men and women on the varsity squash teams find that perfect balance between achieving everything they can in the classroom while still reaching their full potential in squash. Tufts seems to be a special place, and I only say that because of the countless stories I have heard from alumni, staff and current student-athletes who have told me how much the school means to them. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Jumbo family."
Prior to Penn, Raho was a two-time U.S. Junior Squash champion. In 2004, he was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Squash Championships in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Both Jumbo squash teams finished the 2016-17 season with winning records. The women posted a 17-7 record and were the #19 team in the final CSA rankings. The Tufts men were 14-10 last season and were ranked 28th nationally.