Yale Squash has sustained its status as one of the nation’s most respected programs since David Talbott arrived in 1983. He became just the third Yale men’s squash coach since 1934.
Talbott, now the head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs, has led teams to a combined six national titles and eight Ivy League Championships while placing the Bulldogs among the top three in the country for most of his career.
Under Talbott, the men captured Collegiate Squash Association national championships in 1989, 1990 and 2016. The men’s Ivy League titles were in 1989, 1990, 2006, 2010 and 2011. His work with the women’s team produced CSA titles in 2005, 2006 and 2011 and Ivy League Championships in 2005, 2011 and 2016.
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, and more recently was president of the Men's Intercollegiate Association. In addition, Talbott has served numerous times as director of the Intercollegiate Team Championships and helped host many junior and senior national championships.
Under Talbott, the Brady Squash Center hosted the US Junior Open for six straight Decembers. This is the largest junior squash event in the world and had over 1,000 players from 43 countries in 2017. In 2002-03 Yale hosted both the USSRA Junior Olympics and the women's national championship. In 2003-04 Yale hosted both the collegiate team championship as well as the USSRA 5-man team 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.
However, he is not the most accomplished 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. Their father, Dr. G. Douglas Talbott, Yale Class of 1946W, was ranked No. 1 in the United States in the 70 and over age group.