PETALING JAYA: It is another recognition for Malaysian squash as former world junior champion squash player Ong Beng Hee has been appointed as the new head coach of the US squash programme.

The former Malaysian men’s No. 1 will oversee the entire US squash programme from junior to the elite programme, with emphasis on the country’s three top 20 ranked women players Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Clyne and Sabrina Sobhy.

Beng Hee was most recently the head coach for the Qatar squash team. He replaces former US head coach Paul Assaiante and will work out of the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

“I am extremely proud and humbled to be given the opportunity to head the US national programme.

“This is my biggest achievement as a coach and to be leading the program supported by the amazing facilities at the Specter Center is a dream come true for any coach in the world.

“I am grateful to the Ganek family (major sponsor), US Squash and Paul Assaiante. I have known coach Assaiante for years and look forward to continuing to work with him to help build a bigger and better programme,” said Beng Hee in a statement on the US Squash website.

Beng Hee is still the highest-ranked Malaysian men’s player and was ranked as high as seventh in the world before he retired in 2015.

He was the first world junior champion in 1998 and has gone on to represent Malaysia at all levels.

He took up the technical director job in Qatar in 2016 and was in charge of talent identification as well as organising tournaments from junior to national levels.

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