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Urban Squash Cleveland will be entering its sixth year of programming in Fall 2016!

Urban Squash Cleveland is a youth development organization that works with children from inner city public schools. Urban Squash Cleveland combines academic support, instruction in the sport of squash, community service, as well as providing mentoring, life skills and highly valuable opportunities to transform the lives of middle and high school children in Cleveland. Urban Squash Cleveland partners with Entrepreneurship Preparatory School, Urban Community School, John Haye School of Science and Medicine, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Urban Squash Cleveland works closely with the schools to identify students in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to be enrolled in the Urban Squash Cleveland Program. Students are chosen to be part of the team through a tryout and selection process based largely on attitude, effort and commitment. After school programming and events occur at the Cleveland State University's Recreation Center and at the Case Western Reserve University's Veale Athletic Center. Students who participate in Urban Squash Cleveland practice three days a week, and USC hosts six days of programming a week.


Iago Cornes

Executive Director

Iago Cornes was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where he grew up in his family’s squash club. He competed internationally and won several junior squash events, such as the US Open and the Spanish Open. He played for Team Spain in all the different age groups, as well as in the Pro tour until he transitioned to squash coaching.

Iago began coaching fifteen years ago, and has been dedicated full time to teaching and running events since 2005. As a coach, he has developed and worked with several national and international champions. He’s created and directed different programs and events over time, including the “Spanish Junior Open”, the “Squash In Spain” international camps or In “Spain Tours”.

Iago is thrilled about this new step in his career, working as ED for Urban Squash Cleveland, and looks forward to meeting all the students, families and supporters of the organization.

You can contact Iago at:
(484) 319-5002

Liz Hiros

Program Director

A Cleveland native, Liz graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health Promotion and Health Coaching from Baldwin Wallace University. Throughout her college experience Liz focused much of her time on civic engagement and being an active participant on service trips. During her senior year, Liz led a service trip to San Antonio, Texas focusing on hunger and homelessness. She also participated on service trips to Atlanta, GA and Roanoke, VA. Liz was accepted into a fellowship at Baldwin Wallace University, where she chose to focus on health and wellness on her college campus.

As a recent college graduate herself, Liz understands the importance of having positive leaders in your life who want to help you and see you succeed. Liz was also a student athlete and sees the value in building a strong and supportive team for all students involved. Liz is truly passionate about Urban Squash Cleveland’s Mission and is excited to be a part of the team! One of Liz’s strongest qualities is her ability to build long lasting connections with her students.

You can contact Liz Hiros at:

Mark Kauf-Lindsay

Squash Coach

Squash has been an essential part of Mark’s life as long as he can remember. He grew up playing the game, as his father, Raymond Lindsay, has been a squash professional for over 30 years, 15 of them at the Cleveland Skating Club.

Mark captained the University School varsity squash team in his senior year in 2010, and then went on to captain the Drexel University Varsity squash team, where he graduated as a mechanical engineer. His involvement with such highly esteemed teams has given Mark the experience necessary to work with squash students of any level. Mark is truly excited to be part of the USC team, and is looking forward to sharing with the kids his passion and knowledge of squash.

You can contact Mark Kauf-Lindsay at:


Cleveland State

Recreation Center

2420 Chester Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

We practice at Cleveland State on:
Monday - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Thursday - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Friday - 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Case Western

Veale Athletic Center

2138 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

We practice at Case Western on:
Tuesday - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 12:30pm


Board of Directors

  • Mike Shaughnessy

    Founder & Chair

  • Joe Juster


  • Jack Turben


  • Jack Herrick


  • Leigh Digel

  • John Chapman

  • Mark Eisele

  • Jennifer Hartford

  • Karen Hillenbrand

  • Virginia Lennon

  • Roy Radigan

  • Lynn Theis

  • Theodora Wolf


Advisory Board

  • Courtney Batt


  • Mark Biggar

  • Courtney Batt

  • Bob Biggar

  • Mark Biggar

  • Eliza Byrnes

  • Matthew Byrnes

  • Andrew Coleman

  • Andrea Dawson, MD

  • Scott Singer


If you are interested in joining the board or advisory board, please Contact Us.