By Anne Bello
Published Sep 25, 2010 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM ET

Bronx, NY — There will be some big changes in the Bronx this season.

After 54 years, Rams coach Bob Hawthorn has stepped down. Hawthorn was the longest-serving coach in the history of Fordham athletics, leading men’s tennis team as well as the squash program. The Men’s College Squash Association presented him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and he was inducted into the Men’s College Squash Hall of Fame in 2005.

Hawthorn began coaching long before colleges switched from hardball to softball squash, and his teams never had international courts of their own to practice on. The other major change to the Fordham program this year is the addition of four brand new international courts to the Lombardi Center. The courts will be used by the Fordham team as well as the CitySquash program;  CitySquash partnered with the university to convert the Lombardi Center’s old hardball courts.

It is certainly the end of one era and the beginning of another at Fordham, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the team over the next few years.

2009-2010 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 3-11
Final Ranking: 53
Team Championships: 53rd Overall; 5th in Hawthorn Cup (G Division)

2010-2011 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: TBD (Succeeds Bob Hawthorn)

Returning Players from Team Championships: Colin Corbett (1); Andrew Craig (9); Kendall Fukumoto (5); Andrew Grosner (6); Andriy Kulak (2); Eli Plangger (3); Nicholas Reed (7); Christopher Souther (8)

Graduates on Last Season’s Team Championships Roster: James Lechleitner (4)

To read other team previews, please visit the 2010 – 2011 College Squash Preview Page.