Cambridge, MA — MIT made it to the finals of last year’s Chaffee Cup, but fell short of the E Division title with a 3-6 loss to Vanderbilt.
This season, the team will have the advantage of learning from a number of experienced players. “MIT is welcoming volunteer assistant coaches from the local community in 2011-2012,” explains head coach Nadeem Mazen. Squash pro Nasir Sheikh, community member Adrian Gill, former Stanford #1 Sam Gould, and MIT alums Ali Merchant, George Pratt, and Andrew Yoon will all be volunteering their time with the team. “Each volunteer coach is covering one day per week and taking on team mentorship during the season,” Mazen says.
The team has lost four players from their 2010-2011 starting lineup, including two players from the top three. However, the team should have some new members stepping into the order. “We are welcoming freshman players from strong public and prep squash programs this year and look to expand even further next year,” says Mazen.
2010-2011 SEASON RECAP
Season Record: 5-9
Final Ranking: 34
Team Championships: 2nd in Chaffee Cup (E Division)
2011-2012 SEASON PREVIEW
Program Status: Varsity
Head Coach: Nadeem Mazen
Returning Players from Team Championships: (1) West Hubbard, (4) Austin Anderson (CSA Scholar Athlete), (5) Abhi Mitra, (7) Connor Kirschbaum, (8) Sunny Long, (10) Jenny Hu, (11) Adrian Miguel
Graduated/Non-returning players from 2010-2011 Team: (2) Michael Zomnir (CSA Scholar Athlete), (3) John Kucharczyk, (6) Joseph Lemberg, (9) Stephen Howland (CSA Scholar Athlete)
To read other team previews, please visit the 2011-2012 College Squash Season Previews page.