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Craig Thorpe-Clark
Position: Head Coach


Head coach Craig Thorpe-Clark enters his 12th season at the helm of the Penn men's squash program. Thorpe-Clark has coached seven All-Americans, six All-Ivy selections, and a College Squash Association (CSA) Skillman Award winner since his appointment at Penn, and guided the Red and Blue to ten consecutive top-10 rankings by the CSA from 2001-10.

Thorpe-Clark led his squad to a spectacular finish in the 2009-10 season with a win in the "B Division" finals, capturing the Hoehn Cup. The Quakers finished the season 8-7 overall and ranked ninth in the nation. Freshman Dan Greenberg represented Penn at the CSA Individual Championships, reaching the semifinals of the Molloy Division.

In the 2008-09 season, Thorpe-Clark coached the Quakers to an 8-8 overall record and No. 7 final rank by the US College Squash Organization. Leading the top of the ladder, Thomas Mattsson finished the season 8-9 overall and ranked No. 23 by the CSA.

One of Thorpe-Clark's best seasons at Penn came in the 2007-08 season when the Quakers finished with a No. 5 national ranking and a 9-7 record. The top of the ladder was solidified by All-American senior Lee Rosen. In addition to finishing the season as one of the top-five teams in the nation, Rosen was named to the All-Ivy team.

In 2006-07 Penn finished with a 10-4 record that earned the Quakers a No. 5 national ranking, their highest ever. Lee Rosen earned second-team All-America and All-Ivy honors, while Gilly Lane made the first team. For Lane, it was his fourth All-Ivy selection under Thorpe-Clark. Lane also became the program's first Skillman Award recipient thanks to a 7-2 overall record.

Thorpe-Clark's squad put together a solid run in 2005-06, going 8-7 overall. Penn finished the season ranked No. 6 in the College Squash Association (CSA) rankings. Under Thorpe-Clark's direction, Gilly Lane (first-team) and Lee Rosen (second-team) earned All-America honors from the CSA.

The 2004-05 season was also successful for Thorpe-Clark's team as he guided the Quakers to an 11-5 overall record. They finished the season ranked fifth in the nation, the highest ranking for Penn squash in more than 10 years. He also guided his team to an outstanding showing at the Five-Man Teams, with the Penn "A" squad reaching the semifinals and the "B" team making the final.

In the 2003-04 season, Thorpe-Clark led the Quakers to their second-consecutive No. 7 national ranking. Penn's season concluded with an upset victory over Cornell on the final day of the men's Team Championships, the first time the Quakers had defeated the Big Red in five years. 

During the 2002-03 season, Thorpe-Clark led the Quakers to a pair of Ivy League wins for the first time during his tenure, en route to the program's second-consecutive winning season and a No. 7 national ranking.

That same year, Thorpe-Clark coached then-junior Richard Repetto to a No. 8 national ranking and back-to-back first-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-America honors. Repetto became the first men's squash student-athlete since 1990 to earn these honors in consecutive seasons.

Prior to Penn, Thorpe-Clark served as the head coach of both the men's and women's squash teams at Vassar College.

Thorpe-Clark's head coaching experience also included Eton College in Windsor, England (1986-1992) and the Roehampton Club in London, England, where he served as head squash professional. He also served in the same capacity at the Cynwyd Club in Philadelphia from 1992-1995. The Squash Racquets Association in England acclaims him as a Level-4 coach, and he is one of only four such individuals in the U.S. with this prestigious designation.

Thorpe-Clark brings a tremendous amount of international experience to the men's squash program. He was previously the head instructor of the United States Squash Racquets Association (USSRA) and was the women's head coach at the 1996 Worlds in Malaysia and the World Championships of 1994 in England, in which the American team finished eighth.  In addition, he directed the U.S. Women's Squash team to a second-place finish at the 1995 Pan American Games. 

His administrative experience includes facilitating the Vassar Junior Classic from 1995-98, the Philadelphia Open in 1994, the Rolex U.S. Open in 1993, and the 1990-91 Roehampton Junior Opens. He also initiated and instituted the USSRA Level 1 Coaching Manual and Course, which is approved by the World Federation and follows United States Olympic Committee coaching competency guidelines.

A 1979 graduate of Collingwood Technical College in Melbourne, Australia, Thorpe-Clark received a diploma in supervisory studies and business management from the North East Surrey College of Technology in Surrey, England.


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