Our Team

Nosherwan Khan! Head Coach

13611657_1472582795.4005Nosherwan “Nosh” is a professional squash player and moved from Pakistan to the United States in order to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a top-ranked Squash Player. What started out as a summer activity to promote health during his youth,  soon evolved into a burning passion for the game, leading to a professional career as a squash player.

By age 15, Nosherwan held four gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals. All won via international tournaments and championships.

“My favorite tournament has to be the 2007 British Junior Squash Championship in England. The match was amazing despite losing the semifinal. It went for 5-sets lasting more than 100 minutes. A real test of my skill and endurance” – Nosherwan

During the semifinals of a tournament in 2013, Nosh suffered a seemingly career-ending back injury. Despite all the hardships, and with the motivation of his father and his coach Ikram, Nosh refused to remain defeated. After years of recovery, Nosh is back at the game, training harder than ever.  “It’s not just about the title, it’s about the kids.”

13611657_1474564797.7954_updatesContact Nosh at nosh@aussienicksquash.com

1 CaptureQamar Jillani!  Visiting Coach

Qamar Jillani is 38 years old and from Pakistan. He has been living in the UK for 18 years with his children Sami who is 9 years and Zain 7 years old. He currently works as a Squash Coach Assistant, a position he has held for 7 years. He plays Essex division 1 league level. He has been playing squash from the age of 12 in Pakistan where he represented Pakistan in many events – including against  Singapore and Australia in 1998 in Junior tournaments.

He enjoys coaching juniors and adults and currently coaches Elise Lazarus (pictured)  who is the British under 16 girls champion. He has also coached and worked with many pros and top players in Pakistan including Kashif Shuja who previously was ranked 36 in the world.

Coach Qamar says, “I am very excited about my new role in Charlotte Squash Club and looking forward to work and promote squash.  I am very thankful to the owner Connie Barnes who has given me this opportunity and role in Charlotte. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the 2 Capture1st of October.

Many Thanks, Qamar Jillani”



untitledJason Bertschinger, Assistant Coach

Jason is an 18-year-old school graduate who is on a gap year and keen to gain squash and life experience. He was the former top #10 in under 17 boys in the Australian rankings. His positive and friendly approach suits working with adults and juniors alike.  He plans to be at CSC through winter and will be available for group or private lessons at the club. 

For more info contact me through Jason@aussienicksquash.com


Connie Barnes connie-team-pic1 (1)

Connie played Squash at State grade level in Australia for 15 years before arriving in Bethesda in 2002. An inaugural member of TPAC The Professional Association of Coaches and a USSquash representative, Connie is one of only 50 Level 2 coaches in the US. Connie’s passion is junior squash and she has taken her DC program from a handful of juniors in 2002 when she arrived to over 150 players. Connie and her husband Rod have developed a strong program of elite and intermediate players with many having continued to play in college. The program at Charlotte includes internal and external leagues, lessons, clinics, camp, High School and a Middle School leagues.

Dr. Rod Barnes rod-team-pic (1)

Rod learned squash through the 1980’s in Brisbane, Australia during a golden era where several of the talented juniors  in his cadre went on to be some of the world’s top players.

Rod’s squash career became secondary in his later teens as he chose a professional career as a scientist, but through his prime he nevertheless maintained a level that was competitive at the top of the very strong regional leagues in Australia. Even as a  lifelong part-timer  Rod remains one of the top ranked amateur players in the tri-state area, and the top player in his over 45 age bracket. In addition Rod has nearly two decades of experience working with juniors and adults in Australia and the  US, leading to many happy and successful protégés.

Rod specializes in teaching advanced and elite potential juniors. Using his well developed analytic and communication skills, Rod seeks to imbue good racquet technique in harmony with efficient movement, whilst matching tutelage to the student’s natural attributes.

Elaine Roberts IMG_2926

Administrative Assistant

Elaine is originally from England where she was one of the top 10 lady squash players in her club. After a hiatus from the sport for over 20 years, her love of the sport has not died, and she is back on court trying to regain some of her game. On arrival in the US she had to switch to racquetball and traveled the South East of America with a women’s team playing many tournaments, but it was never quite the same as squash! After graduating from UNCC with degrees in computer science and math, she went on to work in systems analysis until her first child was born. Married to her husband Rick for nearly 20 years, She has two children now, Courtney and Jacob, who she is introducing to the sport. Elaine has also been on badminton and table tennis teams over the years, and has also been involved now with gymnastics since the age of 8. She currently is a coach, and Team Coordinator and meet director of the Harris YMCA Chalkettes Gymnastics team, a part-time position she has held for over 25 years.