Mark Talbott joined Stanford University in 2004 as the director of a newly established squash program. With his vision, experience, and dedication, the Stanford squash program has developed into a program with far-reaching goals including community outreach and junior player development programs in addition to fielding a highly competitive and successful intercollegiate program.
Talbott enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional. He was inducted into the Squash Hall of Fame in 2000, recognized for his unmatched tournament record during his 12-year reign as the No. 1 ranked professional in North America. He was the World Professional Squash Association Player of the Year eight times (1983, `86, `87, `88, `89, `90, `91, and `92) and an Olympic Athlete of the Year in 1991, `92, and `95. In addition, he captained the first USA Team to compete in the Pan Am Games in 1995, earned the Sharif Khan Award for Sportsmanship in 1991, and won the USSRA President's Cup in 1989. Talbott won 70 percent of the tournaments he entered, and was the World Hardball Champion and American Softball Champion.
His major titles, among more than 250 career tournament victories, include five North American Opens, six World Professional Championships, three Canadian Opens, two U.S. Opens, three Boston Opens, three S.L. Green Softball Nationals and a pair of North American Open Doubles titles. Talbott was featured in numerous magazines during his illustrious playing career, among them Gentlemen's Quarterly, New Yorker, Esquire and twice in Sports Illustrated. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 World Squash Awards.
In addition to competition, Talbott is dedicated to developing the next generation of players. In 1991 he established the Talbott Squash Academy, one of the first National Training Centers for the U.S. Squash Association. The Academy has trained thousands of students during the summer in Newport, R.I., and at Stanford.
After retiring from competition in 1996, Talbott was hired as the women's squash coach at Yale where he led the Bulldogs to their first national championship in 18 years. He came to The Farm in 2004 as the director of the Stanford Squash Program and head coach of the Stanford men's and women's teams.
Talbott believes in promoting the game and using the game to positively impact the lives of young people, especially those from underserved communities. He has been involved with urban squash programs around the country for the past 16 years and founded Xtreme Squash in 2009, a non-profit urban squash and education program in Palo Alto targeting middle school and high school students.
Talbott’s wife Michelle is a world-class cellist. Their daughter Maya is currently attending Stanford University and their son Nick is at Brown University. Mark is a big sports fan, and enjoys golf, hiking and bike riding in his free time.