Harry Smith, Colby College
Harry Smith helped shape two programs during
his four years at Colby College and did what no other Mule has done
Smith is the only Colby athlete to earn All-NESCAC honors all four years and also earn NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors all four years. He did all that playing for the men's squash team, but also earned an All-NESCAC honor for his play on the golf team at Colby.
Smith, who will rank as one of the all-time great men's squash players at Colby, had to keep up with his older sister when it came to squash. Samantha Smith '10 played the first position for the Colby women's squash team and ranks among the program's best-ever players.
"Harry was the best squash player Colby has ever seen and one of the best players I've had the privilege to coach," Colby head coach Sakhi Khan said.
Smith finished with a 75-41 career record at Colby while playing the first position all four years. He was in the national singles tourney all four years and earned Colby's Millett Award as the top senior male athlete.
A native of Locust Valley, N.Y., Smith is the first Colby men's squash player to earn All-NESCAC honors since the league started a playoff system. Despite playing the tough top spot, he twice led the Mules in total victories in a season.
Smith, the lone captain for both the golf and squash teams this past year, helped turn the golf program around as well. The Mules had finished in last place in the NESCAC Fall Qualifier in the previous four years before Smith's arrival. The Mules, with Smith earning All-NESCAC honors as a sophomore for finishing in the top 10 at the qualifier, finished in sixth place all four years with Smith on the roster.
Smith, who had a major in Economics and a minor in Art, kept busy at Colby. Besides his two sports, he was a member of the Investment Club, the Outdoors Club, and the Sportsman Club on campus.
Smith first picked up a squash racquet at age six and inspired his older sister, Samantha, to start playing as an eighth grader. The two were at Colby together for two years before Samantha graduated in 2010. She won 36 matches in her final two seasons and both years earned All-NESCAC honors. Samantha also earned NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors during her time at Colby.