We are a tight knit group of ambitious athletes. Hotchkiss Squash believes that better people make better Bearcats. This means we put an emphasis on character, integrity, and individuality. By investing in each other, we uplift the whole. Everyone can lead; everyone can learn!
Hotchkiss offers a comprehensive year-round program, participating in US Squash events where and when it provides value to our players. Through private lessons, group training, and wholesome intra-school competition, we look to improve ourselves in order to drive the team forward. Our Hotchkiss competitive schedule consists of two NEISA tournaments and 15+ dual matches. Year-in and year-out, we strive to compete for a national title, with our team’s season culminating at High School Nationals.
While we deliberately push ourselves in the athletic arena, we also promote student and team engagement in all areas of the school. We are a strong group of athletes, but we are also a remarkable cadre of artists, musicians, performers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and linguaphiles (to name a few). Our identity is in being a Bearcat, so that guided by each other, we may seek better paths.
In 2015-2016, the team finished 11th in the country at the US High School Team Championships. In four of the last five years, the team has finished in the top five at New Englands. Members of the squash program have also enjoyed considerable individual success in tournament play, including at the US Junior Open and the British Junior Open.
Within our 212,000 square foot Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Athletic Center we have eight international squash courts with a large viewing area. The facility also boasts a fully staffed training room, a fitness center, and numerous locker rooms and team rooms.
Squash Program Director Bobby Burns '08 Phone: 860-435-3287 Send email
An alum himself, Coach Burns '08 rejoins Hotchkiss from New York City where he coached squash at the Heights Casino and the Racquet & Tennis Club. During this time, he also competed on the SDA Pro Tour, reaching a career high U.S. ranking of #2 and a world ranking of #17. Prior to becoming a professional, he attended Bates College where he captained the squash team and earned a B.A. in English. Coach Burns grew up in Greenwich CT, and spends most his free time hiking with his wife Becky and pup Huckleberry.
Assistant Coach John Virden Phone: 860-435-2591 Send email
Mark Lewis '89 -- Trinity (current head coach, Middlebury)
Tom McKay '04 -- Princeton
Rory Heilakka '05 -- Pennsylvania
James Sterne '06 -- Harvard
Ian Brooks '07 -- Trinity
Bobby Burns '08 -- Bates
Will Benedict '08 -- Northwestern
Alex Gorgi '13 -- Brown
George Henderson '13 -- Dartmouth
Perry Hanson '15 -- Cornell
Jacob Kagan '16 -- Middlebury
Nick Bermingham '16 -- Middlebury
Christian Kohlmeyer '17-- University of Virginia
Fin Ong '17 -- Harvard University
Justin Ghaeli '18 -- Columbia
Tyler Mackesy '19 -- Virginia
Obinna Okoli '20 -- Amherst
Sam Charlton '20 -- Tufts
Taylor Clayton '21 -- Yale
John Nicholson '22 -- Williams