Squash - Boys Varsity
2018 - 2019
Head Coach: Chris Pentz
2017-18 Record: 6-8
2016-17 Record: 6-9
2015-16 Record: 14-4
2014-15 Record: 8-9
2013-13 Record: 9-3
2012-13 Record: 10-6 (6th-New England Class "B" Tournament)
2011-12 Record: 6-11 (New England Class "C" Champions)
2010-11 Record: 1-15 (4th-New England Class "C" Tournament)
2009-10 Record: 1-14 (4th-New England Class "C" Tournament)
The goal of the program is to be as competitive as possible while supporting anyone who wants to play across all ability levels. Students who play varsity upon entering Suffield usually have prior squash experience, though talented tennis players have been able to successfully transition to the game at the varsity level. The team strives for the best record against the best competition while upholding the highest standards of sportsmanship and respectful competition.
The JV team stresses the fundamental skills of the game as well as the lifelong nature and lessons of the sport such as sportsmanship, fitness and competitive camaraderie. The most experienced and seasoned JV players often make the jump to the varsity squad after a few seasons of training.
Team History: A New Tradition
The Suffield boys squash program has built a strong tradition in a short amount of time. The Tigers have fielded a varsity squash team for just under two decades (2000-2017). During this brief history, the team has qualified for the "A" tournament twice (2006 & 2015-16), finished second in the "B" tournament twice (2007 & 2008), and won the "C" tournament (2012).
The Suffield boys’ varsity squash team competes against many of the strongest programs in western New England, including Loomis Chaffee, Westminster, Avon Old Farms, and Salisbury. The Tigers are always looking for the most challenging opponents they can find. Though the Tigers are among the newest members of the New England Prep squash landscape, they have performed admirably since arriving and have notched team victories over perennial powers Deerfield, Loomis Chaffee, Hotchkiss, Avon, Salisbury and Westminster among others, in recent years.
Some recent Suffield squash alumni have played competitively at the college level. Suffield players have competed for Cornell, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, George Washington and F & M as well as other college programs, and a few have gone on to coach at the college and club levels after their playing days concluded.
The 2017-18 team finished in the top third of the New England B Tournament. Having graduated just two seniors from the squad that posted this promising result, the 2018-19 team is hoping for a strong season.
Senior Jonathan Walker, who competed internationally for Jamaica over the summer, is expected to anchor the top of the ladder for the tigers once again. The rest of the ladder could be fluid and will be decided on a weekly basis via challenge matches between numerous equally matched players, including several seniors; Ric Yamamoto, Deke Kemper, Mike Achatz, and Ben Bonavire, junior Judge Burke, sophomore Andrew Gingold and new international player Marwan El-Bendary '21. A few other surprise players could crack the top nine as well. With a nice combination of returning players and new talent, the team expects an exciting season with improved results.