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Skillman Award

Updated February 16, 2014

The Skillman Award is given annually to a senior men’s squash player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship during his entire college career. Information about the selection criteria and process can be found at Awards Criteria.

This award is named for John Skillman, who coached at Yale University for forty-one years. An accomplished player in his own right, Skillman won the United States Professionals tournament (now known as the Tournament of Champions) three times in the 1930s. As head coach at Yale, Skillman led the Bulldogs to 16 national titles, amassing a 451-77 lifetime record with only one losing season.  Skillman was inducted into the Men’s College Squash Hall of Fame in 1990.

SKILLMAN AWARD WINNERS:

  • 1983: Alan Grant (University of Toronto)
  • 1984: Peter Dineen (Harvard University)
  • 1985: Kenton Jernigan (Harvard University)
  • 1986: Hugh La Bossier (Yale University)
  • 1987: Jeff Stanley (Princeton University)
  • 1988: Keen Butcher (Princeton University)
  • 1989: Chris Smith (Trinity College)
  • 1990: Paul Gardner (Cornell University)
  • 1991: Richard Chin (Cornell University)
  • 1992: Adam Farber (Dartmouth College)
  • 1993: Casey Garwood (United States Naval Academy)
  • 1994: Michael Silverson (Bates College)
  • 1995: Roger Arjoon (Yale University)
  • 1996: Craig Rappaport (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 1997: Jess Berline (Franklin & Marshall College)
  • 1998: Ben Fishman (Princeton University)
  • 1999: Nikul Bhandare (Yale University)
  • 2000: Peter Yik (Princeton University) and Tim Wyant (Harvard University)
  • 2001: Andrew Merrill (Harvard University)
  • 2002: Tim Saint (Haverford College)
  • 2003: David Yik (Princeton University)
  • 2004: Rich Sherwood (Stanford University)
  • 2005: Reggie Schonborn (Trinity College)
  • 2006: Yasser El Halaby (Princeton) and Breck Bailey (Brown University)
  • 2007: Gilly Lane (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 2008: Ricky Weisskopf (Bates College)
  • 2009: Gustav Detter (Trinity College)
  • 2010: Colin West (Harvard University)
  • 2011: David Letourneau (Princeton University)
  • 2012: Benjamin Fischer (University of Rochester)
  • 2013: Todd Harrity (Princeton University) and Chris Hanson (Dartmouth College)
  • 2014: Ali Farag (Harvard University)