John G. Nimick

A clutch champion on the court and a visionary off the court, John Nimick has been a central figure in the development of professional U.S. squash in the past quarter century. Rising from the familiar proving grounds of Episcopal Academy and Merion Cricket Club, in 1981 Nimick captained Princeton to a national title and won the national individual intercollegiate title. After taking the nationals in 1982, he turned pro and became a top-two ranked star on the North American hardball tour. He captured four majors two North American Opens and the Boston Open in 1987 and 1989 and twice represented the U.S. at the world team championships. In doubles, Nimick won the 1987 Johnson, as well as two 45+ World Doubles titles with Clive Caldwell. Showing inspired leadership, he was president of the pro hardball association from 1988 to 1990 and executive director of the pro softball association from 1994 to 1999. He then formed an event promotion firm to produce spectacular pro squash tournaments, including the Tournament of Champions in New York’s Grand Central and the U.S. Open in Symphony Hall in Boston