Joe Raho is in his fourth season as head coach of the Tufts University men's and women's squash teams. The assistant squash coach at Brown University from 2014-17, he was hired at Tufts in August 2017.
Aided by the opening of the Tufts Squash Center on campus, Coach Raho has the Jumbo men’s and women’s squash programs on an upward trajectory. Coach Raho helped design the brand new Tufts Squash Center which opened on February 1, 2020. The $6 million, eight-court facility featuring a glass show court, designed for spectators, also includes cameras for webcasting and training review, scoreboards and seating. The complex also has a team room for the Jumbos.
The new facility arrives at an opportune time. Recent seasons under Coach Raho have seen the Jumbos improve their standing in the competitive NESCAC and on the national level. The women’s team is now firmly entrenched in the national top 20 team, having finished the 2019-20 season with a #19 ranking in the College Squash Association (CSA) national poll. It marked the team’s fourth straight season in the top 20. The men’s sixth-place finish in the 2020 NESCAC championship was the team’s best since 2008. That included a 5-4 victory over Amherst that marked the Jumbo program’s first victory against the Mammoths in more than 20 years. Tufts finished with a #23 national ranking, the team’s highest since the 2009–10 season.
For 2018-19, the Tufts women finished with a #18 national ranking, the program’s best since 2008. Tufts also earned a fifth-place finish in NESCAC, which was the second straight year that the Jumbos finished in that position. Tufts’ men were one of the most improved teams in NESCAC, receiving the seventh seed for the conference tournament which was the Jumbos’ best since the 2009-10 season. They also advanced to the conference quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
The squash players recruited to Tufts by Coach Raho also excel academically. Through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, the men’s team combines for a 3.43 grade point average and the women own a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The CSA Scholar-Athlete honorees (3.5 GPA and in the starting line-up) for 2020 included Jumbos Radhika Joshi and Catherine Shanahan. Connor Wind received Tufts’ Vincent Manno Leadership Award given annually to a Mechanical Engineering or Human Factors student who has excelled in a leadership role.
At Brown, Raho assisted head coach Stuart leGassick with the men's and women's teams. Both programs were ranked among the CSA top 20 throughout Raho's tenure. In 2017, the Bears' women's team was ranked 11th and the men were 19th in the final CSA poll. Before Brown, Coach Raho was an assistant coach at Greenwich Academy as well as the assistant squash pro at Round Hill Country Club in New York.
Raho graduated from Penn in 2009 with a degree in History. He was captain of the men’s squash team during his senior year at Penn, and he was the chair of the community service committee of the Penn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to Penn, Raho was a two-time U.S. Junior Squash champion. In 2004, he was a member of the U.S. team that competed at the World Junior Squash Championships in Islamabad, Pakistan.