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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Squash

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 08/23/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event of the season.

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Sean Wilkinson
• First season
• Comes from Drexel, where he served as assistant coach under John White.
• Captained the Bates team which captured the Hoehn Cup in 2008. He was a New England Small College Association first team selection, and earned the Bates College Sportsmanship Award.
• Served as assistant coach at both Bates and Brown University before being appointed as the first assistant coach at Drexel.
• Replaces USSquash Hall of Famer Bob Callahan '77, who won more than 300 matches during his run at Princeton, including the memorable 2012 national championship and 11 Ivy League championships.

 

 Princeton Men's Squash • Ten Fast Facts

1) Princeton is coming up on its 83rd season of men's squash, which dates back to its first season in 1931. Led by head coach W.F. White, Princeton went 5-0 in its first season, including two wins apiece against both Penn and Yale.

2) From 1940 through 2013, a span of 73 years, only five men served as head coach. That stretch began with John Conroy, who won 180 matches and two nine-man national championships between 1940 and 1969.

3) Of course, the longest tenure belongs to the recently retired Bob Callahan '77, who led Princeton to multiple Ivy League and national championships as both a player and a coach. Through 316 wins and 11 Ivy League championships, his most memorable win will likely remain the 5-4 victory over Trinity, when Princeton ended the Bantam's 13-year championship reign (more on this shortly).

4) Princeton has won 18 Ivy League championships; half of them came prior to 2000, while the rest came during the last 14 years.

5) Seven Princeton players have combined to win Ivy League Player of the Year 14 times. Jeff Stanley was the first Tiger player to win the honor (1987), while Todd Harrity graduated last season after earning his second honor.

6) Twelve Princeton players have won Ivy League Rookie of the Year, including current sophomore Vivek Dinodia, who won the honor last season. Five of the 12 winners combined to win 10 national championships.

7) Yasser El Halaby '06 is the only player in men's college squash to win four national championships. He never lost an individual game in any of his four championship matches, all of which came against different opponents.

8) Tom Shepherd ’86, Jeff Stanley ’89, Chris Stevens ’91, Jack Wyant ’96, Will Evans '03, David Yik '03, Yasser El Halaby '06, Mauricio Sanchez '09, Kimlee Wong '09 and Todd Harrity '12 were each four-time All-Ivy League selections. Sanchez and Wong led Princeton to its first run of four straight Ivy League championships (2006-2009).

9) Princeton returns two All-Americas in juniors Samuel Kang and Tyler Osborne. Kang played No. 2 throughout the season and took a game off 2012 champion Ali Farag at nationals. Osborne played No. 3, but knocked off the sixth seed and reached the national quarterfinals.

10) Princeton ended Trinity's 13-year reign as national champion on Feb. 19, 2012, when it defeated the Bantams 5-4 in the CSA team final. Princeton trailed 4-2 in the final shift, but wins from Dylan Ward and Todd Harrity evened the match. In front of a packed crowd on Court 3, senior co-captain Kelly Shannon defeated Reinhold Hergeth 13-11, 11-8, 11-9 to win Princeton's 11th national team title.

 Princeton Men's Squash • Five To Watch
Dinodia Kang Osborne Tutrone Ward
Sophomore Vivek Dinodia is the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year and winner of the 2013 Molloy Cup. Junior Samuel Kang earned All-America honors after playing No. 2; he had a critical win in the upset of Harvard.
Junior Tyler Osborne was a 2013 All-America after going 17-1 and reaching the national quarterfinal.
Junior Taylor Tutrone had his biggest win in the CSA team playoffs, a 3-1 win over Harvard at No. 6. Senior tri-captain Dylan Ward had one of the biggest wins in the '12 national final and the '13 Harvard win.

July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball
Aug. 19 - Men's Fencing
Aug. 20 - Women's Fencing
Aug. 21 - Sprint Football
Aug. 22 - Women's Golf
Aug. 23 - Men's Squash

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