PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton University on Sunday named former Bates College standout and assistant coach Sean Wilkinson '08 as the head coach of its men's squash team, perennially one of the top handful of programs in the U.S.
Wilkinson, most recently the assistant coach at Drexel University, will replace retired head coach Bob Callahan, who led the Tigers to their second Ivy League title in a row and a No. 3 national ranking in 2013.
"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 served as a team captain for his last three years at Bates, and was an exemplary player at the No. 2 position behind teammate and classmate, four-time All-American Ricky Weisskopf '08. He was 10-5 in his senior year, finishing with a No. 34 individual player ranking and winning First Team All-NESCAC honors. That season, he and Weisskopf both played significant roles in helping to guide and teach Bates men’s and women’s squash teams in the transitional year before current head coach Pat Cosquer '97 was appointed to head both programs.
Wilkinson was also awarded Bates' Male Senior Sportsmanship Award in 2008, a fact not lost on the Princeton program. GoPrincetonTigers.com's release on Wilkinson's hire noted "The [Bates] sportsmanship honor will be a meaningful one to his predecessor, who prided himself on the class and dignity of Princeton Squash as much, if not more, than its overall success."
With Wilkinson’s recruiting and coaching background, he and Princeton are well positioned to continue the program’s success.
“Sean is going to be a terrific leader for this team,” Callahan said. “He 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.”