Entering his 17th year at Trinity, Head Coach Paul Assaiante and the men's squash team are coming off a 12th consecutive perfect season. With a final record of 22-0, the 2009-10 Bantams brought home an unprecedented 12th straight Potter Trophy in the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships to keep the streak alive. Trinity also captured its 13th straight national dual match championship title and its fourth consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crown.
Possessing a remarkable career record of 282-10, Assaiante has guided the men's squash squad to the apex of the sport. Besides coaching squash, Assaiante has served as the director of athletic development at Trinity for six 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 and the nation's premier squash facility for the College. In all, more than $7 million has been raised with ongoing projects that include a new boathouse, baseball and softball diamonds, and a community ice skating center.
Assaiante has also coached the Trinity men's tennis squad for 14 of the last 16 seasons, notching a 154-63 record (.710) with eight NCAA appearances including five in the last seven seasons. From 1999-2003 and in 2010, Assaiante coached both the United States Squash Team, which competed in the Pan American Games, and the USA Men's Team, which played in the World Championships. Twice named the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, Assaiante was given the United States Squash Racquets Association (USSRA) President's Award in 2003-04 for his lifelong contribution to the sport. He 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 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 and Williams College. 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 Harball 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 the upcoming book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear with James Zug (Portfolio Hardcover) scheduled for release later this fall.