Meet the A+ Squash Staff 

 
Lynnie Minkowski Candler, Director of Youth Development

Lynnie Minkowski Candler, Director of Youth Development

Lynnie Minkowski grew up on the squash courts of Baltimore competing from a young age, first with her 3 squash playing siblings, and later becoming a Division I National Champion playing on the Trinity College team. Lynnie has coached squash teams and individuals for over 15 years, at Roland Park Country School, Loyola College, The Westminster Schools, and Windy Hill Athletic Club.

Following her college career, she earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, then working at the National Institutes of Health conducting neurochemical research within an at risk population. In 2010 Lynnie combined these two interests to develop programming as the first program director at Chucktown Squash, the Southeasts first urban squash program. Today, her first class of students is applying to college! 

Following the success of Chucktown Squash in Charleston, Lynnie and her husband Samuel Candler founded A+Squash, eager to fill the urban squash void in Atlanta and introduce the sport to a new group of enthusiastic scholar athletes. Lynnie is thrilled to return to A+Squash as she steps into her new role, Director of Youth Development.

Contact Lynnie Minkowski at:Lynnie@aplussquash.org

 

 

Brittany Vickers, Program Director

Brittany Vickers, Program Director

Brittany Vickers was born in St.Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Broadcast, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. She comes to Atlanta, by way of The University of Georgia where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications.  Currently, a journalist at CNN-International her work has been published in a National publication, Ebony magazine and she’s interviewed activists from Carlos Santana to Janelle Monae. As a journalist, Vickers has produced multi-platform media including video packages and digital print for a worldwide audience.  Previously she worked with, Donna’s Restoration and Diner Outreach Center, a non- profit organization dedicated to serving the disadvantaged. Brittany is thrilled to begin her role as Program Director for A+Squash. She looks forward to working with the girls of A+Squash to empower and encourage them to excel in academics and their abilities on and off the court.

Contact Brittany Vickers at: Brittany@academicsplussquash.org

James McDaniel, S.T.E.M. Director

James McDaniel, S.T.E.M. Director

James McDaniel was born in Albany Georgia, and raised right in the heart of our program, Atlanta, Georgia. James received his Masters in Education from Mercer University. He is an innovative educator, committed to integrating evolving technology into educational settings to provide an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity and fosters life-long learning. Currently, James is a 6th grade teacher and the technology coordinator at Centennial Elementary. He is certified in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science and has experience in S.T.E.M. implementation for in-class curriculum of various age and grade levels. James is adept at developing and managing technology grants, program budgets, and work plans, while identifying new opportunities for growth and expansion. In 2016 he was selected as the 2016 PBS “Learning Media” Digital Innovator and in 2014 “Teacher of the Year” by educational non-profit, Power My Learning.  James proudly joins the A+Squash team as the Academic Director.  He is enthusiastic about developing outstanding programming that will lead to the exponential growth and development of the young scholars of A+Squash.

Contact James McDaniel at: James@academicsplussquash.org

Rob Wilkins, Squash Director  

Rob Wilkins, Squash Director  

Rob Wilkins was born in Bristol, UK. He began competing in national tournaments collecting numerous wins over his junior career, and was invited to represent his country, Wales, reaching a Junior World ranking of 31 BU19. Rob was awarded a Squash Scholarship to  Wycliffe College when he was 13 alongside current Top 50 players. After years of competing, Rob decided he enjoyed the coaching side of squash. He has now been coaching for 13 years which includes 3 national champion players, and Division 1 national championship teams. During this time, Rob has spent many years working with other Urban Squash programs, volunteering his time and organizing programs to help continually develop the level of play in the programs. Currently, Rob is the Director of Squash for Concourse Athletic Club working with elite junior athletes from the Southeast, and serves as Squash Director for A+. He is dedicated to improving the performance of students on the courts.