|Title:||Head Men's Squash Coach|
In his 20th year at Trinity, Head Coach Paul Assaiante brought the men's squash team back to the College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship in 2013-14. This past winter, the Bantams won their eighth straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title and finished second at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Championship (Potter Trophy). The team had an 18-2 record and ended the campaign ranked No. 2 in the CSA National Rankings. Coming off a CSA National Championship, Trinity started this year's slate with 15 straight victories from November through early February.
In 2012-13, the Bantams were in a familiar place as they were CSA National Champions once again. Trinity won all 19 of its matches last season and downed Harvard, 6-3, at Yale in the CSA Finals to give the Bantams their 14th national crown in the last 15 years. Assaiante coached Trinity to the national title without a single First-Team All American selection on the roster, and was rewarded as the 2013 NESCAC Coach of the Year and a Trinity College Trustee of Excellence Award recipient. Assaiante had guided Trinity to 13 consecutive CSA National titles and 252 wins in a row before a 5-4 loss at Yale in January of 2012 closed the book on the longest winning streak in the history of intercollegiate varsity sports. In 2011-12, Trinity picked up its 16th straight Association Trophy its seventh consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown, and appeared in its 17th consecutive CSA National Championship Finals. He was previously the NESCAC Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.
The team’s unprecedented winning streak, which began in 1998, captivated Trinity and beyond -- followed by major media outlets across the globe and the nation, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the Hartford Courant. The history of the team will forever remain a legendary piece of history at Trinity College, where squash has been enthusiastically embraced. The team remains one of the most feared in college sports, and Assaiante, who possesses an unfathomable career record of 340-10, has etched his spot in the squash history books along the way.
Besides coaching squash, Assaiante has served as the director of athletic development at Trinity for eight years, spearheading the College's effort to upgrade its athletic facilities. In a short time, Assaiante has played a pivotal role in the fund-raising efforts, which have already produced two new synthetic outdoor fields, the nation's premier squash facility, a new boathouse, and a community ice skating center for the College. In all, more than $11 million has been raised with ongoing projects that include new men's and women's locker rooms and new baseball and softball diamonds. Trinity's remodeled tennis courts were christened as the Paul D. Assaiante Tennis Center in the fall of 2010.
From 1999-2003 and again from 2010 to present, Assaiante coached both the United States Squash Team, which has competed in the Pan American Games, and the USA Men's Team, which finished a best-ever sixth in the World Championships in Germany in 2011. Twice named the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, Assaiante was named one of Connecticut’s top sports coaches of the 20th century by The Hartford Courant, and recently earned an award from the Hartford Business Bureau for his outstanding contribution to sports in the city. Assaiante also coached the U.S. Junior Team to an eighth-place finish in the 2012 World Championships in Qatar and the USA Men to an 11th-place showing in France this summer. Assaiante has also coached the Trinity men's tennis squad for 17 of the last 18 seasons, notching a 178-89 career record. His tennis teams have consistently been ranked both regionally and nationally, most recently in 2011-12 when the Bantams ended the year at No. 5 in the ITA Division III Northeast Regional Poll and No. 18 in the ITA Division III National Poll. Assaiante earned NESCAC and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2008.
Assaiante is a 1974 graduate of Springfield College and holds a master's degree from Long Island University. His coaching experience includes stints at the United States Military Academy Club Team for several seasons and at Williams College in 1988-89, where he was 8-4 to give him a 348-114 overall career varsity record. He was also a squash professional at the world-famous Princeton Club of New York and director of racquet sports at the Baltimore Country Club, the Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., and the Bellevue Athletic Club in Seattle, Wash.
Assaiante's professional athletic career was nothing short of spectacular. He won the World Hardball Doubles Championship in 1988. He was one-half of the U.S. national doubles championship duo in 1994 and captured the USSRA 50-and-over men's squash title in 2004. Assaiante is also an author of Championship Tennis by the Experts: How to Play Championship Tennis, with Vic Braden (Human Kinetics Publishers, June 1981) and Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear with James Zug (Penguin).