Since arriving in New Haven in 1983 David Talbott has kept Yale squash as one of the most respected programs in the country. Only the third coach in the last 66 years, Talbott has led the Bulldogs to the top of the national rankings, finishing no lower than third in the country from 1989 through 1994. The Bulldogs won the national championship in 1989 and 1990. Most recently, he led the Yale women's squash team to an undefeated season in 2011, winning the national championship and the Ivy League Championship. The men's team also won the 2011 Ivy League Championship.
Talbott, a native of Dayton, Ohio, had a distinguished playing career as a professional, obtaining a ranking as high as 12th in North America. He won the 1989 and 1990 World Professional Squash Association Legends Championship (35 and over), beating three of the famed Khan brothers on the way to the title. But he cannot even claim to be the best player in his family. His younger brother, Mark, was the top-ranked player on the North American professional tour for 15 years. Mark, who was the Yale women's squash coach for six seasons, won 160 professional titles for the Talbott family.
Dave's father, Dr. G. Douglas Talbott, Yale Class of 1946W was formerly ranked No. 1 in the United States in the 70 and over age group. Talbott has served squash in many capacities beyond his playing and coaching. He has served as secretary and pro tour coordinator for the World Professional Squash Association. Talbott served as president of the Men's Intercollegiate Association the past two years. In addition, Talbott has served numerous times as director of the Intercollegiate Team Championships and helped host many junior and senior national championships. In 2002-03 Yale hosted both the USSRA Junior Olympics and the women's national championhip. In 2003-04 Yale hosted both the collegiate team championship as well as the USSRA 5-man team championship.
Since coming to Yale in the fall of 2008, Pam Saunders has helped the Bulldogs to one undefeated national championship season (women's in 2011) and three Ivy League championships (men's in 2010 and 2011, women's in 2011).
Prior to coming to Yale, Saunders served as the head squash coach at Mount Holyoke, where she rebuilt the program and took it from 25th nationally to 11th in just four seasons. She led the team to the Epps Cup Championship in 2005, and in 2008 the team won the Clarence C. Chafee Award for Sportsmanship.
A 2004 graduate of Trinity, Saunders also has a Masters of Sport and Exercise Studies from Smith College in 2008.
As a player at Trinity, Saunders served as team captain and was named the team MVP in 2004. She was a first team All-American from 2002 to 2004 and a second team All-American as a freshman in 2001. Saunders helped lead Trinity to National Championships in 2002 and 2003; the Bantams were also runners-up in 2001 and 2004.
A native of Zimbabwe, Saunders played on the Zimbabwe National Team in various international tournaments from 1992 to 1999. She captained the Zimbabwe Junior Squash Team at the U13, U16 and U19 levels. She was also a Junior National Champion from U10 to U19 and was the Ladies National Champion in 1999 and 2001.
In addition to her work at Yale, Saunders is also the Lead Coach for the United States Coaching Certification Program and has been United States Junior National Team Coach for the Ontario-American Challenge since 2009.
Last updated July 21, 2011
Lewis Walters joined the Yale squash coaching staff in the fall of 2012. Walters grew up playing squash at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club, which he still trains out of as a squash professional on the PSA tour. Since turning pro in 2007, Walters has ranked as highly as No. 98 in the world. His goal is to break into the top 60 in the next few years.
Yale head coach David Talbott welcomes Walters' cutting-edge knowledge that he brings from the tour as he trains with the top professionals and coaches in the world, including the current World Champion Nick Matthews. Walters understands the value of the college experience, having helped coach at Middlebury College in 2010 and 2011. He has worked closely with top English Juniors, such as Ollie Holland and Declan James.