The College Squash Association (CSA) has awarded Brown University with the 2018 Barnaby Award. First presented in 1983, the Barnaby Award recognizes the most improved team in men’s college squash. This is the first time Brown has won the honor, which is voted on by all varsity teams.
The award is named for Jack Barnaby, who coached the Harvard men for decades and later coached the Harvard women. Harvard struggled during the first few years of Barnaby’s tenure, but the Crimson ultimately became a national powerhouse under his leadership, winning national title after national title. By the time he retired from coaching the men’s team in 1976, Barnaby had compiled a 355-95 lifetime record. His team capped his final season with a national title, going undefeated.
Brown made an impressive jump of seven ranking positions this season, finishing at No.12 after concluding the 2016-2017 season at No.19. At the 2018 Men’s Nationals, the Brown men upset Drexel 5-4 in the opening round to ensure a final ranking in the top 12 for the first time since 2011.
“It is very pleasing to have the team be rewarded for their hard work this season by winning the Barnaby Award” states Stuart le Gassick, Brown Head Coach, “This is the first time Brown has won this award and this year’s team are very happy to be the first recipients! We won some close matches this season—but we believe that you make your own luck and we certainly enjoyed the numerous tight matches that we had throughout the season.”
The Barnaby Award caps a banner year for the program; Brown also was awarded the 2018 Sloan Award for team sportsmanship earlier this spring.