Men's Squash

A Look Ahead at the 1998-1999 Lord Jeffs

 

Amherst College Men's Squash
No. 3 in Nation, 1998 Little III Champions

 

Amherst men's squash claimed another No. 3 national ranking in 1997-98. The season debuted the newly renovated Davenport Squash Courts, equipped with 10 international-standard courts that hosted the Little Three Championship and the NISRA/USWISRA Individual National Championships.

The Lord Jeffs return three All-Americans: First Team member David McNeely '00 and Second Team members Kevin Orphan '99 and Addison West '01. McNeely finished as the No. 3 player in the country, and he led a pack of five Lord Jeffs ranked among the top-15 American collegiate players. He will begin his junior season with a 29-9 career record at Amherst and after defeating two-time national champion Marcus Cowie, 15-11, 15-11, 8-15, 15-10, during the regular season.

In his rookie season, West was named the Team MVP as he compiled a 17-3 record, 14-1 heading into Individual Nationals. Evan Khan '98 was also named an All-American, claiming Honorable Mention recognition as a co-captain in his senior season.

Prior to the beginning of the season, six Lord Jeffs were invited to the Elite Training Camp, a showcase of the top 16 collegiate players, co-sponsored by the USOC and the USSRA. McNeely, Orphan, Hayden Felice '98, Khan, Stephen Seelbach '99 and West represented Amherst.

Harvard, Trinity and Princeton will again pose strong challenges for Amherst. Led by McNeely, West and senior co-captains Orphan and Seelbach, the Jeffs will aim for their fourth-straight top-3 national finish in the 1998-99 season.

 
 

Head Coach Peter Robson

 

Robson enters the 1998-99 season with a 140-63 record in his 12th year as the Head Coach. Before coming to Amherst College, Robson was the squash professional at the Heights Casino Club in Brooklyn, New York. He was instrumental in developing the Junior Squash program at the club into what is believed to be the best junior program in the country. The club fields 40 to 50 nationally ranked players each year, including numerous No. 1s and No. 2s.

Robson is a certified Canadian Squash Racket Association (CSRA) and Professional Squash Association (PSA) coach. He is also the Director of the International Squash "Centre for Excellence."

 
Head Coach: Peter Robson
Address:
Box 2230, Alumni Gymnasium
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone:
(413) 542-5757
Fax:
(413) 542-2026
E-mail:
phrobson@amherst.edu
Captains:
Kevin Orphan '99, Stephen Seelbach '99
1997-98 Record:
10-5, No. 3 in nation