In May 2008 Bates College announced the appointment of Pat Cosquer as head coach of the Bobcats' men's and women's squash teams. In his first eight years as Bates' coach, Cosquer has amassed a 234-159 combined record with the two teams. In 2012-2013, the women's squash team finished 10th in the CSA and second overall among Division III Institutions (their best finish since 2007) and the men finished 13th in the CSA and fifth among Division III schools.
At the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, Cosquer earned his third NESCAC Coach of the Year honor in eight years, and his second for men's squash. Following the 2009-10 season, Cosquer received a rare honor, as he was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for both men's and women's squash.
In eight seasons, Coach Cosquer has also coached six All-Americans, three NESCAC Rookies of the Year, three NESCAC Players of the Year, a host of All-NESCAC Team selections and two CSA Individual National Champions.
Coach Cosquer served as the secretary of the CSA Men's Executive Committee from 2009-2013 and sat on the Women's CSA Ranking Committee from 2010-2013.
Cosquer, a 1997 Bates graduate, previously served as director of squash programs at StreetSquash in Harlem, N.Y., an after-school enrichment program which combines academic tutoring, community service, mentoring and college preparation with squash instruction.
Over his four years with StreetSquash, Cosquer coached the four-time Girls Under 17/19 National Urban Team Champions, the three-time Boys Under 17/19 National Urban Individual Champion, the 2008 Boys Under 17/19 National Urban Team Champion and several nationally ranked juniors while helping to increase his teams' academic average by nearly 10 points.
During that time, Cosquer also worked as an assistant squash professional at The Chatham Club in Chatham, N.J., where he first began playing squash, and administered junior clinics at the Montclair YMCA and the Wayne YWHA.
Prior to returning to New Jersey in 2004, Cosquer coached squash at Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I., and acted as assistant squash professional at the famed Newport Squash Club.
In 1998, Cosquer led the Northwestern University men's squash team to the Chaffee Division Trophy, and he has taught squash at various summer camps including Bowdoin College, Brown University and the World Scholar-Athlete Games.
Cosquer, a native of Westfield, N.J., was a four-year letter-winner on the Bobcat men's squash and baseball teams. During his squash career under Hall of Fame coach George Wigton, Cosquer amassed a 60-22 individual record and was team captain and team MVP his senior year.
"It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to return to Bates to guide the squash program that has meant so much to me," said Cosquer. "I am excited to continue the tradition of developing strong scholar-athletes and future leaders at Bates."
In the summers, Coach Cosquer co-directs The Newport Steamer squash tournament in Newport, RI (http://www.newportsteamer.com/) and coordinates and leads College Squash Showcase Competition Camps (http://worldclasssquash.com/squash-college-showcase/)
Greg Born P '10, '13
Born has been an avid long-time supporter of Bates squash. A resident of Westbrook, Maine, he is well known in Maine squash communities as having helped grow the sport through his efforts as volunteer squash coordinator for the Cumberland County YMCA in Portland.
He has worked tirelessly at marketing the sport, utilizing smart, modern technologies to encourage play and participation at all levels. As a board member of Portland Community Squash, he and others are actively working to bring an urban squash program and new modern squash facility to Portland.
Born has a long history in organized sports including competitive bowling, collegiate basketball, badminton and table tennis. He was introduced to squash a decade ago and has passionately participated and encouraged others to play and enjoy the sport. He brings the skills and experience of a parent of successful collegiate athletes mixed and blended with a belief that athletic competition and success is a whole life endeavor and should include working hard, having fun, promoting sportsmanship and solid citizenship.
Born has been a driving force of documenting Bates squash via photography and video over the past few years. Many of his photos and videos can be found at mainesquash.com.
Marc Kannegieser has been associated with the Bates squash programs for over 15 years. "Coach K" served as an assistant under former coach, John Illig, was the interim head coach during the 2007-08 season and has been an assistant under head coach, Pat Cosquer, since 2008.
Focusing primarily on squash game strategy, mental fitness and developing an athlete’s personal life skills to cope with post-graduate issues, Coach K prefers to quietly support athletes in realistic and truthful terms during student-coach interactions, both on and off the squash court.
As a lifelong racquet sports player and Bates squash coach, his expectations for all players include success as a student-athlete, enjoyment on the court, and sportsmanship with fellow competitors.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ahmed Hatata '17