Edgility Consulting is excited to announce the placement of Patrick Williams as the Executive Director at SquashDrive.
Executive Director, SquashDrive
SquashDrive is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area. It was founded to enable underserved youth to reach their full academic, athletic, and personal potential. Today, SquashDrive serves more than 80 student participants enrolled in 4th grade through college, all of whom are low-income students of color from Oakland and other East Bay communities.
Marking a milestone for both the 10 year-old organization and the SEA network, Patrick, who joined SquashBusters in Boston as a sixth grader, is the first SEA alumnus to serve as an executive director of a member program.
Williams joins SquashDrive with over a decade of experience in youth development, most recently serving as Site Director at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club. Previously, he spent four years as the Youth Program Director at the YMCA in South Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, he coached at SquashBusters, Beaver Country Day School, the University Club of Boston, and the Union Boat Club. He taught elementary school in Maine, and worked as an after-school coordinator at the YWCA. Williams completed his B.A. at Bates College, where he was senior class president, co-captained the varsity squash team, received a NESCAC sportsmanship award, and founded Lewiston Squash, a program for Sudanese and Somali refugees. He has a Masters in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine.
When asked about why this new leadership role excited him, Williams said,
“Being the first Black man and alumnus to run an SEA program and having an opportunity to be able to give and offer youth the same opportunities I was offered. When I was at SquashBusters, I got to meet kids of different races, travel to different states, and I got the opportunity to go to Bates College, which I never would have if it weren’t for SquashBusters. To be able to offer that to the kids in Oakland, that’s everything. It’s full circle.”