NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Lynn Leong, who won two National Team Championships as a player at Trinity, has joined the Yale squash program as Sr. Assistant Coach for Men's and Women's Squash. Head Coach Dave Talbott annnounced Leong's hiring Monday.
Leong is a 2005 Trinity graduate with a B.A. in photography. She started playing squash at her father's club in Malaysia at the age of 4 and achieved a world professional ranking of 40 by the age of 16. She was the Asian Women's Champion (Jordan, 1996), a finalist in the U19 British Junior Open and a finalist in the World Junior Championship (Belgium, 1999).
Since coming to the US in 1999, Leong has been a two-time Inter Scholastic individual champion at St. George's School (R.I.) and a three-time first team All-American at Trinity. She was a member of two national championship teams while playing for the Bantams.
Leong began her coaching career at the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., working under the Hall of Fame squash legend Peter Briggs. For the last 10 years, she has been the Squash Director at the New Haven Lawn Club. While at the NHLC she nurtured numerous players to achieve top US junior rankings, including past and current Yale players. Leong has helped coach two runner-up US junior women's teams at the World Junior Championship (2013 and 2015) while serving as the assistant coach. In 2015 she received her level 3 squash coaching certification from US Squash.
Leong lives in Branford, Conn., with her husband, Yiming, and daughter, Blake.