By Anne Bello
Published Oct 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM ET

Penn StateState College, PA — The last time Penn State competed at the Men’s National Team Championships was in 2009, when the tournament was hosted by Princeton. Last season, the Nittany Lions played just a single match, a 0-9 loss to Haverford, and the team essentially is starting fresh this season. “The Penn State squash team is coming back after some years off,” explains coach Olivier Courty. “Our first goal is to participate in the CSA competition and reenter the college squash environment.” The team is still sorting out a line-up, but one thing is clear: there’s a lot of energy and excitement surrounding the program. Courty characterizes the team as “new and motivated… willing to represent and defend Penn State in the squash courts.” In their last appearance at the Men’s National Team Championships, the Nittany Lions lost the 39-40 playoff match to Columbia, who finished last season ranked 10th in the nation. Certainly the college squash landscape has changed in the years Penn State has been away, but with the right combination of support and interest, the new (or renewed) program could start to make an impact.

2011-2012 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 0-1

Final Ranking: NR

Team Championships: Did Not Play

2012-2013 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Club

Head Coach: Olivier Courty

Captains: Jeff Dreyer

Team Goals: To participate in CSA matches and reenter the college squash environment

To read other team previews, please visit the 2012-2013 College Squash Season Previews page.