Hartford, Conn. - Former Trinity College standout player Stephen Gregg '97 has left his mark all over the world of squash. Gregg served as the Head Squash Professional at the New Haven Lawn Club before taking a position as the Director of Junior Development at the U.S. Squash Rackets Association in Pennsylvania. The pioneering Trinity alum's latest endeavor has him seated in Philadelphia where he leads SquashSmarts, a highly successful non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth succeed in the classroom and on the courts.
Executive Director of SquashSmarts since May of 2004, Gregg has headed the mission of developing young people both athletically and academically. With locations in both North Philadelphia at the Lenfest Center and West Philadelphia at Drexel University, SquashSmarts is able to reach a wide variety of inner-city youth. Children in grades 5-8 are eligible to join SquashSmarts and upon admission are committed to the program until the 12th grade. Inside the SquashSmarts facilities students are able to utilize the state-of-the-art squash courts, classrooms and technology. Now in his ninth year as SquashSmart's Executive Director, Gregg dedicates much of his success to his former coach Paul Assaiante as well as to the loyal Trinity alums stationed around the Philadelphia area.
"Many of the lessons that Paul teaches go unnoticed," says Gregg. "In my time at Trinity he acted as a father figure and role model and really helped me develop as a player and a person. In my professional career, Coach Assaiante has taught me how important it is to develop close relationships with both young people and with alumni. We are very blessed at SquashSmarts to have such a great relationship with the Trinity alumni market in Philadelphia."
Coach Assaiante coached Gregg in the mid 1990's, as the pair helped build the program into the 14-time National Championship program it is today. A four-year varsity letterwinner at Trinity, Gregg developed a close relationship with Assaiante and the two still remain great friends to this day.
"Steve is changing people's lives," Assaiante says. "He is giving at-risk youth an invaluable education and helping them not just succeed in grade school but in prep school and college as well. He's giving back to his community in tremendous fashion and making a difference in the best way."
written by Sean Dunn '16