A Look Ahead at the 1998-1999 Lord Jeffs
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."