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Dr. Jim Masland

jim-team-picJim is the head squash pro at Chevy Chase Athletic Club.

Jim is a former touring squash pro, a Harvard graduate and PhD. Jim brings a rarely seen collection of skills to the job, being a top class player and possessing the intellect and analytic strengths to achieve profound insights in to coaching at all skill levels.

Jim has significant experience in the area, coaching at the well regarded Berwyn club in Philly, UPenn as Head Men’s Coach, Trifit Athletic Club and more recently at GWU.  Jim played professional squash in the early 1990s, was invited to try out for the US Pan-American Team twice, and maintains a 6.0 rating making him one of the top players in the region.

As he settles in Jim will be taking a prominent role on most coaching activities at Chevy Chase.

GyorgyDr. Jim Masland
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Teddy Weiss

teddy-team-picTeddy Weiss is a 2009 Vassar College graduate. While in attendance, she was the Women’s Varsity Squash Two Year Captain, and competed all four years.

In 2008, as Captain, she inspired her team to become division champions by clinching the Walker Cup at Nationals. Having co-founded the National Capital Girls Squash Club in high school, which included girls in the DC-MD-VA area she is delighted to be back.

Teddy serves as an Assistant Squash Coach for Chevy Chase Athletic Club. She hopes to help players both new to the game and veterans realize the joys and benefits of tearing up the court!

GyorgyTeddy Weiss
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Dr. Rod Barnes

Dr. Rod Barnes (aussienicksquash@gmail.com) is Aussienick’s CEO and part time elite coach.

rod-team-picRod learned squash through the 1980’s in Brisbane, Australia during a golden era where several of the talented juniors  in his cadre went on to be some of the world’s top players.  

Rod’s squash career became secondary in his later teens as he chose a professional career as a scientist, but through his prime he nevertheless maintained a level that was competitive at the top of the very strong regional leagues in Australia. Even as a  lifelong part-timer  Rod remains one of the top ranked amateur players in the tri-state area, and the top player in his over 45 age bracket. In addition Rod has nearly two decades of experience working with juniors and adults in Australia and the  US, leading to many happy and successful protégés.  

Rod specializes in teaching advanced and elite potential juniors. Using his well developed analytic and communication skills, Rod seeks to imbue good racquet technique in harmony with efficient movement, whilst matching tutelage to the student’s natural attributes.   

GyorgyDr. Rod Barnes
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Connie Barnes

connie-team-pic1Connie Barnes (conniesquash@gmail.com) is AussieNick’s COO and Director of Squash.

Connie played Squash at State grade level in Australia for 15 years before arriving in Bethesda in 2002. An inaugural member of TPAC The Professional Association of Coaches and a USSquash representative, Connie is one of only 50 Level 2 coaches in the US. Connie’s passion is junior squash and she has taken Bethesda from a handful of juniors in 2002 when she arrived to over 150 players.

Connie and her husband Rod have developed a strong program of elite and intermediate players with many having continued to play in college. Connie and Rod design 2 – 4 yr proposals for HS parents to assist in helping parents make the best choice for squash participation in HS and college.

The program at Bethesda includes internal and external leagues, lessons, clinics, camp, High School and a Middle School leagues.

Connie trains High schools including Landon, Sidwell, Whitman, BCC, Stoneridge, and middle school students from Sidwell, GDS, Landon, Westland, Norwood, Pyle, WIS and others. Winner of several local tournaments including the Fisher Cup Connie has participated in Women’s National Teams event (the Howe Cup) and has captained and played #1 on the Lacey Cup.

GyorgyConnie Barnes
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