Know Your Pro!

SouthEastern Squash Racquets is the the home to some of the best pros in the United States. We have been blessed to have Tom Rumpler, Andre Maur, Ahmed Hamza, and Rob Wilkins in the Atlanta area, and Galen LeChemiant and Connie Barnes in Charleston and Charlotte respectively. Read below for some thoughts from  these terrific squash players and coaches.

Ahmed Hamza (PDC)

Ahmed was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Few people know that Ahmed is actually an accountant, having earned his accounting degree from the University of Alexandria and is a Sun Microsystems Certified Programmer.

Ahmed started playing squash in high school and fell in love with the sport. He has been playing for 25 years and teaching for over 15 years. He loves to work with all levels, from complete beginners to assisting pros reach the next level.

He is certified as a Head Squash Professional Level 3 Coach in the US – the highest coaching level. Only 30 pros in the country are certified at that level. Ahmed is also a former top 8 in Egypt, top 100 in the world, and #1 in the US 6.0 skill level – the highest singles level. He is the current US National Champion for over 35.

Formerly with The Field Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, Ahmed moved to PDC in 2011. When he started at PDC there were less than five juniors playing squash; now there are over 100. He started the first junior sanctioned tournament in the south and first ever at PDC and is now running three junior tournaments at PDC. Another arrow in Ahmed’s quiver is the PDC Cup, which is the biggest Pro Doubles event in the country. Ahmed is an asset not only to PDC, but to all of squash in Atlanta. 

Andre Maur (Lifetime)

Andre Maur, Head Squash Coach at Lifetime Fitness, is a 7 Time National Irish Champion, 3 Time US National Champion, US Open Champion 2010, 2006 US Team Copa Captain, Irish International, and US Open Champion, Professional Coach, Promoter and Author. Andre is one of the most highly educated and recognized squash players in the US.

Andre has been ranked in the top 70 in the world and top 5 in Germany. He has also managed, coached and played for Ireland, as well as one of the top clubs in Germany. Andre’s qualifications include part I, II and III coaching degrees.

One of his biggest achievements came in 2009 at the World Masters Games in Sydney, where 29000 athletes competed in this event. Andre was 5th in the world, a brilliant achievement. He feels that walking out in the Olympic Stadium in front of 70000 people was the highlight of his trip to Australia.

In 1993 the German Federation asked him to write a book called “Gewinnen beim Squash”, which he successfully completed in 1993 for the German, Austrian and Swiss market and has been selling globally. He dedicated his book to Lionel Ritchie, who he trained for a week and said it was the best week he ever spent in his life. He mentioned he was not a bad player but told him to stick with his singing career!!

Andre is one of the top coaching pros in the US, and among other students, helped coach Michelle Quibell, a pupil from Marist School who won the British Junior Open, becoming the #1 junior in the world. This is a remarkable achievement for a US junior.

Andre can be reached for lessons at amaur@lifetimefitness.com

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