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Club Sports: Squash program looks to expand popularity

Michael Todisco | Wednesday, October 13, 2010


With a strong presence on campus for over 75 years, squash has become a popular campus pastime.   The sport has been a staple at Notre Dame since the 1930’s and continues to grow in popularity amongst students. 
Squash history runs deep at Notre Dame.  Assistant director of club sports Dave Brown is a member of the College Squash Association (CSA) Hall of Fame. Brown was head coach at Navy for 17 years, earning 267 wins and a top-10 national ranking in 13 of those seasons. In addition, 12 squash courts at the Rockne Memorial Gym have been in use by students for decades.
The Notre Dame Squash Club has embraced this campus tradition and taken it to the next level.  Founded just six years ago, the club has allowed both men and women on campus to play the sport at a highly competitive level.  Over the past six years, the men’s squad has traveled across the country to compete in various events and has even sent a team to the CSA National Championships in each of those years.
Irish coach Geoff McCuen, who has been at the helm of both the men’s and women’s teams for all six years, believes that squash is a great match for students at Notre Dame. 
“Squash is a game that requires not just quick physical reactions, but the ability to make wise strategic decisions in a short amount of time