(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College has announced the hiring of Christopher Fernandez (St. Lawrence '15) as the new head coach of the men and women's squash programs. Fernandez becomes the second head coach in the history of the program. Fernandez succeeds Chris Sachvie, who served as Dickinson's first head coach since the program's inception in 2014. Sachvie accepted a coaching position at Columbia University.
Interim Director of Athletics Joel Quattrone believes that the squash programs will continue to thrive under the direction of Fernandez.
"Chris Fernandez is a young man of great character," Quattrone expressed. "We are excited to see the enthusiasm and energy he will bring to our squash programs. Our student-athletes are used to this energy, and can't wait to get started."
Fernandez is a 2015 graduate of St. Lawrence University. As a dual sport squash and baseball student-athlete for the Saints, Fernandez played squash for Sachvie in 2012 and 2013. Sachvie was an assistant coach at St. Lawrence, prior starting the program at Dickinson.
Fernandez comes to Carlisle from New York City, where he has served as Director of CitySquash since 2015. Fernandez was responsible for all aspects of the program at CitySquash, mentoring over 120 athletes from the youth, middle school, and high school levels. In addition, Fernandez served as the head squash pro at the Boathouse Field Club.
In collegiate squash, Fernandez served as the head coach of the women's club team at Fordham University in the winter of 2016. He also spent three summers with Racquet Up Detroit, providing education and instruction to create interest and growth of the sport. In the summer of 2013 he was a media intern with U.S. Squash.
Fernandez enjoyed an outstanding playing career after being introduced to the sport in middle school. He earned a scholarship to the Canterbury School, in Milford, Connecticut, and would go on to set the all-time win record, finishing as a two-time New England Champion with an overall mark of 64-6.
He broke into the top-9 in his first season at St. Lawrence and was a four-year starter. He led the Saints to three top-10 national rankings, finishing as the national runner-up, ranked #2 in the nation in 2015. Fernandez proved to be a talented and versatile student-athlete, walking on and earning a starting spot on the Saints' baseball team as well. He led the team in batting average, hits and extra-base hits as a senior.
Fernandez holds a Level 1 Coaching Certification and has served on the Squash and Education Alliance Committee. He is set to start at Dickinson on October 15, 2018 as the Red Devils prepare to enter their fifth season of competition.