William Smith College’s Fishback Announces Retirement

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William Smith Head Coach Chip Fishback and son (photo credit: Michael T. Bello)

Chip Fishback, the 21-year veteran of William Smith College Athletics as Head Squash and Tennis Coach, announced his retirement on Friday morning, June 7. Fishback is excited to turn his attention to his family full-time, including raising and coaching his three sons.

As the only head coach in the history of William Smith Squash, Fishback lead his teams to an overall winning record, including two Liberty League Championships and five College Squash Association divisional championships. 2005 was a banner year for the Herons, with the team achieving a program-best (at the time) 15 wins, finishing ranked 15th in the nation, and earning Fishback Liberty League Coach of the Year honors.

“It is with both joy and sorrow that I am announcing my retirement as the head coach of the William Smith tennis and squash programs,” Fishback said. “The greatest personal happiness in my life has come from raising my family, and [my wife] Dawn and I want to enjoy every moment of that time before it’s gone.”

Fishback’s Heron team members have earned a strong list of accolades for their Liberty League play. In his career, 35 of Fishback’s players earned all-conference selections. Additionally, he had two League players of the year and three rookies of the year under his tutelage.

William Smith will conduct a national search to find its next head coach. For additional information, please view the formal press release here