Since coming to Yale in the fall of 2008, Pam Saunders has helped the Bulldogs to one undefeated national championship season (women's in 2011) and three Ivy League championships (men's in 2010 and 2011, women's in 2011).
Prior to coming to Yale, Saunders served as the head squash coach at Mount Holyoke, where she rebuilt the program and took it from 25th nationally to 11th in just four seasons. She led the team to the Epps Cup Championship in 2005, and in 2008 the team won the Clarence C. Chafee Award for Sportsmanship.
A 2004 graduate of Trinity, Saunders also has a Masters of Sport and Exercise Studies from Smith College in 2008.
As a player at Trinity, Saunders served as team captain and was named the team MVP in 2004. She was a first team All-American from 2002 to 2004 and a second team All-American as a freshman in 2001. Saunders helped lead Trinity to National Championships in 2002 and 2003; the Bantams were also runners-up in 2001 and 2004.
A native of Zimbabwe, Saunders played on the Zimbabwe National Team in various international tournaments from 1992 to 1999. She captained the Zimbabwe Junior Squash Team at the U13, U16 and U19 levels. She was also a Junior National Champion from U10 to U19 and was the Ladies National Champion in 1999 and 2001.
In addition to her work at Yale, Saunders is also the Lead Coach for the United States Coaching Certification Program and has been United States Junior National Team Coach for the Ontario-American Challenge since 2009.
Last updated July 21, 2011