Middlebury

Illig Earns 500th Career Win

January 10, 2013

Middlebury College squash coach John Illig recently earned his 500th career win as an intercollegiate coach. Now in his sixth year at Middlebury, his career record now stands at 506-314 over 22 years of coaching squash. He spent his first five years coaching at Colby, before taking over the job at Bates in ’96-’97. Following 11 years as a Bobcat, Illig took over coaching duties at Middlebury in ’07-’08.

This season, the Panther women own a record of 6-0 and are ranked 11th nationally, while the men are 7-1, holding down the 17th spot nationally.

The former President of the women’s College Squash Association, Illig's teams have finished ranked in the top 10 nationally eight times. He has coached three All-Americans, two CSA Ann Wetzel award winners, one CSA Skillman Award winner and his teams have twice won the national team sportsmanship award. Illig was the recipient of the CSA Clarence Chaffee Award in 2002, and was the U.S. Olympic Squash Developmental Coach of the Year in 2000.

Illig’s 08-09 Middlebury women’s team finished ranked #13 nationally, posting a 19-8 record, earning him the women’s NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. The team followed that up with a school-record 20 wins in ‘09-‘10, finishing 14th nationally. 

His men’s team won the 08-09 national Team Sportsmanship Award and posted a 15-10 record. In '09-'10, the men set a school record with a 20-7 mark, finishing 17th nationally. The team has finished 14th nationally in each of the last two seasons.

Illig has been active in the development of junior players, having led summer squash training tours to Spain in 2008 and 2009, and to New Zealand in 2009.

A 1986 graduate of the University of Rochester, with a degree in English Literature, Illig played #1 singles and doubles on the Yellowjacket tennis team, competing in the NCAA tournament. The two colleges for which he played squash, Trinity College and the University of Rochester (Illig transferred from Trinity after one year), are currently #1 and #3, respectively, in the intercollegiate squash rankings.