By Michael T. Bello
Published Sep 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET; Updated Sep 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM ET

Middlebury CollegeMiddlebury, VT — The Summers Cup (C Division) has been incredibly successful for the Middlebury Panthers over the past six years. The squad has captured four Summers Cups during that time period, including last season’s cup. Looking back at the unexpected passing of beloved coach John Illig, the Panthers can remember that their last match under his leadership brought a trophy back to Vermont.  Mike Morgan, Middlebury’s women’s tennis coach, will serve as the interim squash coach this season. According to co-captain Reed Palmer, Middlebury wishes “to come together as a team to play with grace, class, dignity, humility, and respect in memory of former Middlebury coach and friend John Illig.” The team will continue the Illig tradition of a fall hike. The Panthers are returning 7 of the 9 players from their Team Championship roster, including senior William Hanley. Hanley, a southpaw, won the clinching match in the Summers Cup final against Brown. The team will also welcome 3 freshmen with prep squash experience. Look for Middlebury to be focused this season and attempt to move into the Hoehn Cup (B Division).

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 10-7

Final Ranking: 17

Team Championships: 1st in the Summers Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 1 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #9s had 14 Wins

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Interim Head Coach: Mike Morgan

Returning Players from Team Championships: 2. Andrew Jung (2016 – NESCAC Second Team All-Conference); 3. Andrew Cadienhead (2017); 4. Wyatt French (2017); 6. Harrison Croll (2016); 7. Will Hanley (2015 – NESCAC All-Academic); 8. Reed Palmer (2015 – CSA Scholar Athlete, NESCAC All-Academic); 9. Robert Galluccio (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 10. Ben Krant (2017); 11. David Cromwell (2016)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Parker Hurst (2014 – NESCAC First Team All-Conference, NESCAC All-Academic); 5. Will Moore (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the top 9: Cameron Dewey (Deerfield Academy); Sam Giddins (Blair Academy); and Will Kurth (Tenafly High School)

Captains: Robert Galluccio and Reed Palmer

Team Goals: To come together as a team to play with grace, class, dignity, humility, and respect in memory of former Middlebury coach and friend John Illig

Key Matches: All NESCAC matches

To read other team previews, please visit the 2014-2015 College Squash Season Previews page.