Paul Assaiante, the highly successful coach of Men’s Squash at Trinity College for the last 27 years, and David Slosburg, key supporter of University of Pennsylvania, intercollegiate squash, and US Squash, have been announced as the College Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
CSA will pay tribute to Paul and David during the live streamed College Squash Awards show this Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern). When circumstances allow in the near future, CSA will induct the Class of 2021 in person with the honorees and their friends and supporters celebrating together.
The College Squash Awards can be viewed on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the following links:
“Paul and David epitomize what it means to be a leader in the squash community, and their contributions to college squash have improved our sport in so many positive ways,” said CSA Executive Director & League Commissioner David Poolman. “We are so excited to welcome them into the College Squash Hall of Fame. While the pandemic prevents us from celebrating in person now, it just means that we will have multiple opportunities to honor their accomplishments and support. Congratulation Paul and David!”
Assaiante’s coaching record at Trinity is the stuff of legends: 17 National Championship Potter Trophies, including 13 in a row, all coming in the last 22 years; 14 consecutive NESCAC Men’s Championships; a 438-16 overall record for Trinity squash, including the heralded 252-match winning streak from 1998 to 2012; and multiple Coach of the Year awards coupled with numerous All-Americans, All-Conference players, and CSA Scholar Athletes.
Almost as much as his on-court accolades, Assaiante’s off-court influence will be remembered and celebrated for the wide range of his contributions. His “coaching tree” extends throughout the whole squash ecosystem, including his own stints as the coach of Team USA squash. For many years prior to the CSA’s reorganization in 2017, Assaiante filled critical roles on the Men’s College Squash Association Executive Committee, including president. Assaiante’s family is a mainstay in the Trinity community, and he continues to lend his experienced perspective to boards and committees across campus.
Slosburg, who will join the College Squash Hall of Fame in the Supporters & Friends category, has quietly, thoughtfully, and generously supported squash at his alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, across all of college squash, and nationally for over 20 years. As a member of the Penn Athletics Board of Advisors, Slosburg gave squash a voice where there had been none before. His advocacy and consistent contributions on that Board and Penn’s Squash Sports Board directly culminated in the opening of their world-class squash facility in 2019.
Time and again, Slosburg has applied his passion for the growth of squash in areas that will indirectly benefit college squash for many years. As a leading supporter of CitySquash and Squash & Education Alliance, Slosburg has ensured that squash can continue to reach into new communities. Additionally, at critical times during the development of the Arlen Specter US Squash Center project, Slosburg humbly and meaningfully offered ideas, connections, and philanthropy to the cause. Upon receiving the news of his induction into the College Squash Hall of Fame, Slosburg appropriately responded, “I’m just doing what I love. I didn’t think I would get an award for that.”
For more information about the College Squash Hall of Fame, please visit https://csasquash.com/about/hall-of-fame. If you would like to make a donation in honor of one of the inductees, please do so here.