Aug. 24, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford has announced the hiring of Mark Talbott as Director of Squash. Talbott, who will coach both the men's and women's teams at Stanford in his new role, comes to The Farm after spending the previous six years as the head coach of the Yale women's squash program. Talbott capped his stint at Yale with both a national championship and an Ivy League title in 2003-04 when his Bulldogs posted a 15-0 record to give the school an undefeated season in the sport for the first time in 18 years. "I'm very excited about this new challenge," said Talbott. "There is a real opportunity to establish a strong squash program at Stanford thanks to the groundwork that has been laid the past few years by the founders of Stanford Squash. The sport has always been dominated by Ivy League schools, and it's exciting that a West Coast team wants to try to break in there and compete for a national title." "Mark has established himself as one of the top figures in squash, both as a coach at the collegiate level and as a top-ranked player," added Stanford Director of Athletics Ted Leland. "We are excited that he will be leading the Stanford Squash program." Talbott spent 13 years (1983-95) as the world's top-ranked player during a lengthy and successful competitive playing career that led to a place in the inaugural class of the United States Squash Hall of Fame in 2000. Talbott, who won 70 percent of the tournaments he entered as the World Hardball Champion and American Softball Champion, was the World Professional Squash Association Player of the Year (1983, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92) eight times and an Olympic Athlete of the Year (1991, '92, '95) on three occasions. In addition, he captained the first USA Team to compete in the Pan Am Games (1995), earned the Sharif Khan Award for Sportsmanship (1991) and won the USSRA President's Cup (1989). He was featured in numerous magazines during his illustrious playing career, including twice in Sports Illustrated. His major titles among more than 200 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 also served as national coach for the 1994 and 1996 USSRA Junior Men's World Team. In addition to his coaching roles at Stanford, Talbott will also oversee the new squash facility opening in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in 2005. He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of two children - Nicolas and Maya. The family will reside in Palo Alto.