December 10, 2011 - Mohamed El Sherbini, current PST #1, received his acceptance letter from the University of Rochester this week. Sherbini will begin his studies at Rochester in September 2012.
Sherbini is from Alexandria, Egypt. He is 19 years old and was Egypt's #1 junior before coming to the U.S. He was one of PST's top recruits in the past year.
This season Sherbini won the San Diego Open, the Bobcat Classic in Maine and reached the finals of the Tuxedo Park Open.
It is increasingly commonplace for male and female players with experience competing at professional level to enter American colleges and then compete in the College Squash Association. Current WISPA #24 Amanda Sobhy is a freshman at Harvard University. Former PSA #60 Baset Chaudhry played four years at Trinity College. Current Harvard Freshman Ali Farag was #79 on the PSA Tour before entering Harvard.
Rochester's squash program is led by Martin Heath, who was named Head Squash Coach in the summer of 2005 after a successful playing career. He was a six-time Scottish champion.
Heath took over a minimally successful program in 2005 and built Rochester into the fastest rising powerhouse in the 90 year history of the CSA. The Yellowjackets were awarded the Barnaby Trophy for Most Improved Team in 2006-2007 & 2007-08.
The Yellowjackets won Liberty League titles from 2007-08 to 2009-10 and reached the semi-finals of the CSA National Championships in 2009, 2010 & 2011.
Heath also coached the US Junior Men's Team from 2007-2011. Heath was named US Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year 2010.