Squash is not a NEWMAC sport – but the same supportive college environment that produced 20 fall sport NEWMAC scholar-athletes helps the Smith College squash player succeed at both squash and academics!
Unlike other teams which pressure students with practices five days a week – so far this season the Smith Team has only been practicing three times a week – with days off (today for example is Otelia Cromwell day at Smith – a day that celebrates diversity) to help with academic pressure. At Smith College, the average athlete GPA is higher than that of the general student body!
Squash training is very carefully planned by Head Coach Tim Bacon, former Canadian Jr. Men’s National Coach (he took the team of Jonathon Power and Graham Ryding to the 1990 World Championships in Paderborn, Germany). He is the only college coach with a Master’s in Coaching, who is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Registered Mental Training Consultant – as well as being a Level 4 Squash Coach. Every detail of training and competitions carefully planned out – here is a copy of the Smith College Squash team’s annual “periodized” training plan for 2011-12: How good do you have to be to play for the Smith College Squash Team? Here is our #1 in action last weekend on World Squash Day. We are working on Jacqueline’s “Pakistani” or “Egyptian” wrist flick/snap (she is from Singapore:) and her deception – a lot of work to do, but she is learning quickly!
How good are the Smith College academics? Better than Harvard, Princeton, Yale, etc. if you measure success according to the number of Fulbright Scholars! Smith College is ranked #1 in the U.S.
P.S. In case you did not know (I have been getting a lot of letters from International male squash players looking for a great U.S. College:) Smith College is a women’s college. If you are a high school girl worried about “no boys”, you can relax – there are boys at Smith – they take classes at Smith, you can take classes with them (more than 10,000 of them in our 5-College system!) at their colleges (a short bus ride away) – take a look at our “Boys At Smith” YouTube series. we are about to publish “Part IV” since coach Tim Bacon (the only college coach who teaches academic courses!) has two more in this semester’s Psychology of Sport Class!