Our Team

Adnan “AD” Gul, Head Coach

Adnan (“AD”) has been a Coach of the Malaysian National Team and a Teaching Professional at top U.S. squash clubs.

 Adnan has worked with three different national champions, yet he remains approachable, fun and friendly for those who are just beginning. He is currently the Head Coach at Charlotte Squash Club.

Contact Head Coach AD at ad@aussienicksquash.com

Cell: Head Coach AD (980) 275 9178



Ahmed Soliman, Coach

Ahmed started playing squash in Egypt, where he was taught by world-class coaches. He took his game to a higher level, after moving to the US, reaching a ranking of #10 nationwide in his age group in 2000.

As a graduate student at OSU, he was the president of the squash club and after graduation served on the Columbus Racquet Association board and later became the president. He was successful in promoting and growing squash in Ohio. Ahmed was instrumental in building 4 state-of-the-art squash courts at OSU’s recreational facility, where his name is engraved on the walls.

He has organized successful activities that started with the Saturday Morning Squash Fever, Grand Prix tournament, a league box, etc.

Ahmed is very passionate about squash and takes upon himself to instruct and coach players at all levels to improve and to take squash as a long life sport.

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.

Contact Connie at: Conniesquash@gmail.com

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.