Our Team

Cliff Wenn

Coach and Co-founder

Coach Cliff has over 40 year's experience teaching and playing squash.

He is certified at the highest level by the WPSA, a member of the Harrow Squash Pro Advisory Staff, a US Squash Pro Affiliate, and a US Squash National Verifier. Cliff holds a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and an M.S. in Sports Management, magna cum laude from Northeastern University.

Cliff is a Malaysian/American who grew up overseas in India, Singapore, and Malaysia where he learned the game from several of the region’s top coaches and players. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to play and train with many top 100 players and was the training/sparring partner for 5 years to former Malaysian National Champion, and former world #62, Razlan Hashim.

Over the past 30 years in the US, Cliff has been a Head Pro at several Boston area clubs, and was a Head College Squash Coach for 10 years at both Tufts University and at Wellesley College.

Currently Cliff is the Squash Director at the Maugus Club in Wellesley, where he has taught for the past 24 years. Cliff has coached many top nationally ranked juniors and adults from novice all the way up to international standard.

Cliff’s racket of choice is the Harrow KG Vibe used on tour by Egyptian Pro and 2016 World Champion, Karim Abdel Gawad. “This racket has fantastic touch, power, and great control and really feels like an extension of your hand. The balance is weighted slightly more to the head, and has the right amount of flexibility that favors a shot maker."

Szilvia Szombati

Coach and Co-founder

Szilvi is a certified Level 2 US Squash Coach, a US Squash Pro Affiliate, a certified referee, and a member of the Harrow Squash Pro Advisory Staff. She is now in her 19th season as the Winsor School Head Coach and is also the Head Pro of the Squash Center.

Since coming to Winsor in 2003, the team and the program have improved tremendously under her coaching. Each year the number of participants has grown and the team’s record has improved. In the 2009/10 season Winsor won their first Eastern Independent League (E.I.L.) title, and have won it ever since. They became Division 3 National Champions in 2011, followed by 6th place in Division 2 in 2012. In 2015 they finished an amazing 5th in the nation in Division 1. This season (2022) they finished 6th place in Division 1.

Szilvi has represented her native Hungary in squash, having competed internationally at the European Individual Squash Championships. Locally she competes for the Maugus Club in the Open 4.5 division in the Massachusetts State League and regularly represents Team Boston ‘A’, in the Women’s Howe Cup. She is the current Massachusetts Women's 40+ Champion and has also won 2 State 30+ titles.

Szilvi’s racket: Harrow Vapor, racket of choice of Egyptian world #1, Raneem El Welily. “Wonderful feel, like an extension of your hand, power and control all in one racket with a nice even balance."

Doug Eng, EdD, PhD

Certified Mental Performance Coach

Doug Eng EdD PhD CMPC, CSCS has consulted with many individuals including nationally ranked tennis and squash players and has consulted with college teams. Among numerous awards, he has received the USOC "Doc" Counsilman Coach of the Year. Doug has academically taught college-level sport psychology for 7 years and been consulting in mental skills and performance for over 20 years. He is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC) with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology which is the sole certifying mental performance organization in North America. Doug is also a member of the society for Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (or division 47 of the American Psychological Association). He has written over 100 articles in sports science and coaching and has spoken at international sports conferences. As a former college coach, he has over 300 wins (most in coaching squash teams). He is one of only 11 PTR and USPTA master professionals in the world. Doug is a certified Level II US Squash coach.

To book a mental performance session with Doug, email us at info@learnsquash.com.

Anil Nair

Fitness Consultant

Anil Nair is a former Indian National badminton champion. He is also a US Masters National Champion and has won the prestigious Canadian Masters (a world-level Masters event) 8 times, with an equal number of runner-up finishes. Additionally, he has won other International events, like the Miami Senior International and numerous national ranking Classics, such as the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West Classic. He is also a 2-time runner-up at the Boston Open.

His passion for fitness led him to launch The iFit Studio, one of India’s first ever functional fitness studios. His clients included top athletes from India including junior squash champion Jui Kalgutkar (formerly on the Columbia varsity women’s team). Having trained at the highest level for 35 years under top coaches, he has seen the evolution of fitness trends over the years.

A skilled trainer & motivator for all levels of fitness enthusiasts, Anil currently oversees the training of a couple of India’s top junior badminton players; he had also been invited by Pullela Gopichand (coach of Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu & former world number #1 K Srikanth) to remotely supervise training programs at India’s national training center.

To book a fitness session with Anil, email us at info@learnsquash.com.

In addition to his passion for physical fitness, Anil is also a serious practitioner of several forms of meditation & mindfulness practices and places a large emphasis on the mental aspect of his wards, a factor that separates champions from the rest.