Kelsey Engman enters her third season as the head coach of the Columbia women's squash program. Engman was named the Lions' first-ever head coach of women's squash in August 2010.
With Engman at the helm, the Lions ended the 2011-12 season on a high note capturing a victory in the consolation final in the Kurtz Cup (B Division) of the 2012 CSA National Championships. With a 6-3 win over Mount Holyoke on Sunday, February 26, tthe victory pushed 16th-ranked Columbia up three spots to a No. 13 ranking to finish the year.
In the first season with Engman leading Columbia in its inagural year of varsity competition, the team saw vast improvements. Two of her players qualified for the Individual National Championships, while the team finished an impressive 12-6 overall. Columbia was voted the most improved team in college squash at the National Tournament as the Lions finished ranked No. 16 nationally after beginning the season ranked No. 25.
Engman came to Morningside Heights after spending two years at Tufts University. She served as an assistant coach for both the men's and women's teams in 2007-08, before taking over as the acting head coach in 2008-09. The following year she was an assistant squash pro at the Fairmount Athletic Club in King of Prussia, Pa. where she coached clinics, ran summer camps, and provided daily lessons. That same year, Engman played No. 1 on the Philly Howe Cup A team which was runners up in the national tournament.
"I'm so excited and optimistic about the upcoming season and the opportunity to join the Columbia Athletics Department," said Engman. "We have a great group of returning women and I am so excited to get to know the new members of the team this fall. I am really grateful to Dr. Dianne Murphy for giving me this opportunity, and am excited to see the team climb the rankings this year. I can hardly wait for the season to begin."
Engman was a standout player at Bates College, captaining the team as a senior. She played No. 1 for the Bobcats, and was nominated for the Richey Award, given annually to the women's college squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership.
Engman graduated from Bates in 2007, earning her bachelors in art and visual culture, with secondary concentrations in religion and art history.