Paul Assaiante

Paul Assaiante, the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach, began coaching forty years ago at West Point Military Academy. After nine years there, two years at Williams and brief stints as a teaching pro, Assaiante came to Trinity in 1994. Since then he has led the Bantams to fifteen national intercollegiate teams titles, putting him just two shy of the all-time collegiate record of seventeen set by Hall of Famer Jack Barnaby at Harvard. At one point, Assaiante’s teams captured 252 consecutive matches, a win streak unmatched by any collegiate sports team in U.S. history. His record at Trinity alone (403-21) speaks to his extraordinary will for excellence and his family coaching tree—more than two dozen of his former players now work as teaching professionals and coaches—speaks to his emphasis on mentoring and leadership. Since 1997 he has been the national coach for Team USA, leading the U.S. into over a dozen international team competition including three Pan American Games. Assaiante is the author of two books, including Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear, which is being turned into a major motion picture.