The men's squash program at Williams college has long been recognized as one of the best in the nation dating back to 1938. Under current head coach Zafrir Levy ('01), the Eph squash players have come to expect to compete in the Potter Division at the National Squash Championships each year, which features the nation's best eight teams. The 2006-07 team finished 6th at Nationals, nearly equalizing the best-ever 5th place finish in 2002-03.
Sean Sloane coached the Ephs for 17 years in the 1970's and
1980's, winning 13 Little Three titles and developing 16
Zafi Levy took over the helm of the Ephs in 2002 from his Williams coach Dave Johnson ('71), who played under legendary coach Clarence "Chafe" Chaffee, the man who began the program at Williams in 1938.
Chaffee's contributions to college squash have been and continue to be recognized. He was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Clarence Chaffee trophy is a national award given to the team that exhibits the best sportsmanship throughout the season. Additionally, the teams in the fifth division at Nationals – the emerging programs division - compete for the Chaffee trophy.
Johnson, who lettered in both tennis and squash for the Ephs, coached the Ephs in 1975-77 and then from 1989-2002, winning 9 Little Three titles, coaching 17 All-Americans (including Zafi Levy three times) and posting the Ephs' highest finish at National in 2001 (5th).
The 2008-09 Ephs finished the year at 11-8/6-1 in NESCAC, claiming a 10th place finish nationally and second in NESCAC. Three Ephs earned First Team All-NESCAC honors with junior Ethan Buchsbaum collecting honors for the second consecutive year, while senior George Miller and first year William Morris were honored for the first time.
|Ephs receive 2007 Squash Coaches Association Sportsmanship
Award: (l. to r.) Eph Asst. Coach Blair Dils, Captain Tyler Kyler,
Captain Jeff Wessler, Head Coach Zafi Levy, and Penn coach Craig
The home of Williams squash is the Carol Girard and Cynthia
Stewart Simon Squash Center, which was constructed in 1998 thanks
to the vision and generosity of Williams alum and former squash
captain, William E. Simon, Jr. '73. The 12-court complex is
recognized as one of the best in the country and will host the
College Squash Association's Individual Championships for the
second time in 2009.
The squash season officially begins each year in early November, but captain-led practices get underway on an informal basis in September. Players are expected to train and to participate in fitness and weight programs in the off-season. Once formal training begins, practices run for two hours daily, six days each week.
The men's team yearly boasts one of the most challenging schedules in the country. With early season matches against perennial powers Trinity, Harvard, and Princeton, there is no more difficult start to the season. Other matches included NESCAC foes Bates and Bowdoin, Ivy Leaguers Cornell, Penn, Yale, and traditional rivals Dartmouth and Brown. It is a rare year that the men's team does not play all of the top 15 teams in the country.
|Ethan Buchsbaum '10, 2-time 1st Team ALL-NESCAC|
The season ends with three exciting competitions: the Little
Three matches, the newly inaugurated NESCAC championships, and the
CSA Team National Championships. As of 2007, the men's team has won
eight straight Little Three titles and has finished second in each
of the first two NESCAC
At the conclusion of the team schedule and tournaments, individuals from the men's team go on to compete at the Individual Championships. Many players have enjoyed success at this tournament. The most recent players named to the All-American team are Parth Doshi ('03), Win Tangjaitrong ('02), and Zafrir Levy ('01).
Accomplished prep and high school players who choose to come to Williams will be challenged on many levels. From the daily practices to the intense match schedule, the commitment required to compete is significant but extremely rewarding. Those who play at Williams are part of one of the most respected college programs in the country