We come from a range of backgrounds but all have one thing in common: a love for squash.
Evan Goldberg, President
Evan is responsible for product strategy and development at Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit. Prior to Oracle’s acquisition of NetSuite, Evan was CTO and Chairman of the NetSuite board. Before co-founding NetSuite in 1998, Evan spent eight years as a vice president at Oracle Corporation where he focused on making powerful database technology more accessible to users. Evan also founded the BRCA Foundation supporting cancer research.
Evan was an avid tennis player, but after being introduced to squash, the new sport became his passion. In 2008, Netsuite sponsored its first professional squash tournament — the Netsuite Open, and now, the tournament is the most prestigious professional squash tournament on the West Coast. Evan combined his passion for squash and his philanthropic endeavors by starting Squash on Track.
Richard Elliott, Executive director
Born in England, Richard, a casual badminton and tennis player, started playing squash at age 13. He played his first junior tournament at age 14. By age 16, he decided to pursue a professional career in squash, and it became his lifelong passion. By age 19, he ranked in the top 30 in the UK and #107 in the world. He continued to play in tournaments and leagues in the United Kingdom, as well as throughout Europe for Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournaments.
Richard has over 30 years of coaching experience and holds the highest level of coaching certification — an England Squash Level 3. He realized coaching was his calling after taking his first full-time resident teaching pro position at age 20 in England. Over the next 10 years, he held three head pro positions in Europe, two in England, and one in Switzerland.
In 1995, Richard moved to California to become the head teaching pro at The Decathlon Club (Santa Clara), followed by the Pacific Athletic Club (Redwood City). He later joined Stanford University to coach the varsityteams. Now, Richard is heavily involved in developing junior players. He organizes tournaments for players at all levels, as well as an annual tournament for international professional players.
Richard still competes; he won the U.S. National Age-Level Championships in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006, and he was a Finalist in 2000 and in 2004. He was also a World Masters finalist in 2008 and won third place in 2001. Besides squash, Richard loves physical training and pushing the limits of endurance. He trained and completed his first triathlon (half-ironman) in 2011 in San Francisco. His other hobbies include reading, golf, snowboarding, and cycling.
Anurag Pal, treasurer
Anurag is the CEO/Founder of Escalon Services, a one-stop shop for back-office services, finance, accounting, HR, payroll, tax and insurance based in Palo Alto. While he’s an avid golfer (his main handicap is his game), he grew up learning squash on open air cement courts in India from the age of 11, won a school championship, and then remained unbeaten from 1992–2004. (Those are coincidentally the years he did not step on a squash court.) Now, he has two kids who play competitively and he is delighted and honored to be asked to help out with this noble endeavor.
Alex Rampell, Secretary
Alex Rampell is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, where he focuses on investments in the financial services sector. Previously, he was a lifelong entrepreneur, most recently as CEO and co-founder of TrialPay, a payments company which was acquired by Visa in 2015.
He holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University. A Florida native, Alex grew up playing tennis. After attending Phillips Academy Andover (Massachusetts), he switched to squash when his freshman year tennis season was delayed due to unrelenting snow. Alex joined the Andover squash team and in university, played for Harvard. He now plays squash every week and is teaching his two sons (ages 5 and 7) to love the game, too.
Sandesh anchors the global technology investing practice as Lead Partner at Premji Invest (PI), a multi-strategy growth fund. Prior to Premji Invest, Sandesh worked at Columbia Investment Advisors, Bay Partners, TeleSoft Partners, PMCSierra, and Silicon Graphics. Sandesh has also served on advisory board of SPARK, a non-profit focused on after-school programs for middle and high school children.
Sandesh has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a youngster growing up in India, he had initially favored badminton, following in the footsteps of his father who was nationally ranked. Sandesh proved the talent gene continued with a national ranking of his own in the U-14 age group. At age 20, his love of squash began when a roommate who played on the squash team introduced Sandesh to the game. He never looked back.
He believes the skills learned in sport are valuable life lessons — the intensity and grit required for squash are unmatched. He introduced his daughter to squash at a young age, and she has already competed in several local events. The family’s passion for sport continues to be passed down from generation to generation.
Patricia Love is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her love of squash, children, and education in a meaningful and fun program. Patricia has experience creating and running community development and education programs. She taught and developed curriculum for a variety of learners, ranging from second graders to graduate students, as well as adults in ESL and literacy programs. Patricia has worked on public policy programs for the United States Congress, USAID, state and municipal governments, school boards, and neighborhood organizations. She has a BS in Spanish Language and Literature and an MS in Applied Economics.
LEONARD MOHR, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Hailing from California, Leonard started playing squash at the age of 4, has been coaching for the last 9 years and currently holds a US Squash level 2 coaching certification. He graduated from the University of Rochester, where he played on the men’s team, during which time they reached a highest ranking of #1 in the country. While at University, he was coached by Martin Heath (former world #4) who he learned an immense amount from regarding how to make a great squash player, from a technical, tactical, mental and physical perspective. In addition to playing for the men's team, he was the volunteer head coach of the women’s team organizing weekly practices, and teaching both experienced and beginner players.
In addition to having a love for the game of squash, Leonard enjoys physical training, and is continually learning new ways to train best for squash, as well as how to train hard while at the same time keeping the body injury free. When not playing squash, you can find Leonard speaking Spanish and Italian, surfing, skiing, bicycling, reading, watching movies or spending time with friends.