Student-Athlete Spotlight

Hayes Murphy, C'18 - Men's Squash

1. Name: Hayes Murphy

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Men's Squash

4. Position: Co-Captain / #2

5. Why did you choose Penn?

On top of the incredible academic opportunity and alumni network Penn offers, the biggest thing that separated Penn from other top schools was the sense of community I felt from the team and coaches Gilly Lane and Jack Wyant. I knew these were two coaches I wanted to play for and a team atmosphere I wanted to be a part of.   

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Squash student-athlete mean to you?

The experience of being a Penn Squash student-athlete has been incredible. Although working on a tighter schedule then most students, the friendships made and opportunity to compete for Penn have been invaluable. Additionally, looking around at all the talented athletes Penn has recruited, I feel lucky to be part of the same club. 

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Squash student-athlete? 

Thank you so much for staying involved in Penn Squash, your support is felt by every player on the team. Knowing we have such a great support network has motivated us to reach for higher goals.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Squash?

The fall of my sophomore year, we beat two of the top four teams in the country in one weekend. Seeing the vision of our coaches and hard work put in by our team come to fruition was pretty awesome. Being an underdog and winning is a great feeling. 

9. What does life after Penn look like?

I will be moving to Houston, Texas next year to work in banking. 

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation

One of the lessons that will stay with me is time management. Balancing my school work and squash is something that can be difficult, but I think learning to deal with it has not only prepared me better for life after college but made me a better student during my four years. Furthermore, I feel that I have learned how to better work with people and the importance of compromise.