By Michael T. Bello
Published Oct 2, 2014 at 7:00 AM ET; Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 12:13 PM ET

Bates CollegeLewiston, ME — Bates’s 2014 – 2015 season looks promising. To help guide the Bobcats, head coach Pat Cosquer is adding “the godfather of The Maine Squash League,” Greg Born, to his coaching staff.  Bates is also adding an additional court, an all-glass court, to their facility this fall. That will make a total of six courts for the Bobcats. Over the winter break, the team is planning a training and community service trip to California. After only graduating one senior last season, Bates will enter the 2014 – 2015 campaign with three seniors, two of whom are tri-captains. Bates will look to improve performances in close matches and production from the bottom of the ladder. Last season, Bates was 0-2 in 5-4 matches,  losing to Navy and Williams. However, they did avenge those losses with victories against Navy and Williams in the Hoehn Cup. The Bobcats, who were dominant at the top of their ladder last season (positions 1 and 2 captured 90% of their matches), hope to increase production at the bottom of their ladder (positions 8 and 9 won 37% of their matches last season). To move up the rankings, they will need a solid line-up throughout the ladder. 

2013-2014 SEASON RECAP

Season Record: 13-7

Final Ranking: 13

Team Championships: 5th in the Hoehn Cup

By the Numbers (From US Squash): 5-4 Matches Won: 0 of 2 … Position with the Most Wins: #1s had 19 Wins.

2014-2015 SEASON PREVIEW

Program Status: Varsity

Head Coach: Pat Cosquer ’97

Returning Players from Team Championships: 1. Ahmed Abdel Khalek (2016 – NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC First Team All-Conference); 2. Ahmed Hatata (2017 – CSA Second Team All-American, Pool Trophy First Consolation Winner, NESCAC Rookie of the Year, NESCAC First Team All-Conference); 4. Darrius Campbell (2017 – NESCAC Second Team All-Conference); 5. Nabil Saleem (2015 – NESCAC All-Sportsmanship); 6. Caran Arora (2016); 7. Andy Cannon (2015); 8. Jason Shrubb (2015); 9. Carlos Ames (2017); 10. Nima Olumi (2017)

Graduated/Non-Returning Players from Team Championships: 3. Kristian Muldoon (2014)

Additions to the 2014-2015 Roster:

  • Expected to play in the middle 3: Filip Michalsky (2016, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Expected to play in the bottom 3: Anirudh Nambiar (2018, Canadian International School – Bangalore, India)

Captains: Nabil Saleem, Andy Cannon, and Caran Arora

Team Goals: To be the best team we can be, to enjoy the journey together and to honor and preserve the legacy left by recently-deceased former coaches, Herb Bunker and John Illig.

Key Matches: NESCAC matches

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