Princeton, NJ — On Sunday, Princeton University named Sean Wilkinson as its men’s squash coach. He is the eighth coach in the history of the Princeton men.
“In appointing Sean Wilkinson as the new head coach of men’s squash, the search advisory committee sought a candidate who possessed the coaching ability and personal qualities of former coach Bob Callahan,” Princeton’s Director of Athletics Gary Walters told GoPrincetonTigers.com. “We believe that Sean will prove to be a worthy successor of Bob’s, will be embraced by the Princeton squash stakeholders, and will eventually put his own stamp on the program.”
Wilkinson takes over for Bob Callahan, who announced his retirement on April 12th. According to Callahan, Wilkinson “is poised, personable, and a very good coach. I believe he is going to have great success here at Princeton over a hopefully long career.”
Wilkinson is a familiar face to college squash fans. During his college days, the Zimbabwe native was the captain of the Bates team and helped the Bobcats win the 2008 Hoehn Cup. After graduation in 2008, he started coaching. He was an assistant at Bates and Brown (2010 – 2011). For the past two years, he has been the assistant coach at Drexel University, where he helped John White in starting the Drexel varsity squash program.
Junior players are also familiar with Wilkinson, who has coached at numerous squash camps, including the Nicol Champions Academy, Squash and Beyond (Williams College), and Power Squash Academy (Dartmouth College).
The fact that Princeton is one of the most successful collegiate squash programs is not lost on Wilkinson. “I am honored to have been offered the head coaching position at Princeton. Bob Callahan, Neil Pomphrey and all the Princeton players have created something very special here, and I am humbled to have been chosen to continue that legacy.”
Last season, the Tigers shared the Ivy League title with Harvard and finished third in the nation. With Wilkinson’s recruiting and coaching background, he and Princeton are well positioned to continue the program’s success.