Courtesy of Connecticut College Sports Information
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Fran Shields, Director of Athletics at Connecticut College, announced today that Michael MacDonald has been named the head coach of the men's and women's squash programs.
"We are excited to welcome Mike to our Camel athletics family," said Shields. "He brings a strong squash background to the position, having coached players of varying levels of age and skill. His expertise in sports management and his experience as a Division III student-athlete add to a skill set that will benefit our student-athletes and our overall program."
MacDonald brings a diverse coaching history, having been a trailblazer in the Chicago-area squash community. Since 2012, MacDonald has been the assistant squash professional at the University Club of Chicago. He served as an assistant tournament director for the Windy City Open, the world's second-largest professional squash tournament. In 2017, MacDonald became the squash professional at the East Bank Club in Chicago, providing tailored instruction to members. For two years at Franklin & Marshall College, MacDonald directed the Squash ACES programs which provided squash and educational support to underserved students from local public schools. He has also worked with collegiate players, volunteering with the club team at the University of Chicago.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to coach at Connecticut College," said MacDonald. "Coaching and developing players has become a true passion of mine. hope to use my knowledge and experience to build on the great foundations already established in the men's and women's programs. I look forward to becoming part of such a welcoming community."
MacDonald also has experience as the squash director at MetroSquash in Chicago, an organization that hosted practice and competition for over 150 young squash players. In 2016, MacDonald was given the opportunity to establish a squash program at Beacon Academy which quickly gained popularity. By the next season, MacDonald had founded the Chicagoland Squash Conference for Chicago-area high school squash programs, acting as league administrator.
MacDonald played collegiate squash at nationally-ranked Denison University. He received a degree in economics and environmental studies and graduated in 2009. In 2016, he received his Masters' degree in sports administration from Northwestern University, where he was elected Student Board President.