They call squash a “Game For Life,” and David Proctor is certainly proof of that. One of the all-time great players in Penn’s history, he continued to be a star at the national level in the years beyond his graduation. Proctor arrived at Penn in the fall of 1983 and immediately made a name for himself, playing at the top of the Quakers’ ladder and earning the inaugural Ivy League Rookie of the Year award from the Ancient Eight coaches. (Since then, only two other Penn athletes have been so honored.) He continued to play at No. 1 as a sophomore, going 8-2 overall to receive first-team All-America and All-Ivy honors that year. He repeated those awards as a junior, and as a senior captain in 1986-87 he completed a four-year run of All-Ivy and All-America honors. Proctor was just the fourth player in program history to receive All-Ivy each of his four years on campus -- following in the footsteps of Joe Swain (1972-75), Gil Mateer (1974-77) and Ned Edwards (1977-80) -- and only two players were so honored in the 27 years between his graduation and his Hall of Fame induction. Following his graduation, Proctor became one of the great doubles players in the country, winning the U.S. National Doubles championship on four separate occasions (with four different players, no less) from 1989-96.
“From the moment I came to Philadelphia from Vancouver to meet Al Molloy and the Penn Squash team, I had found a new home. I am honored by this recognition, and can only thank a long list of people who influenced and helped my progress while I was at Penn and also in the following years. To this day, Al Molloy remains one of the most influential people in my life. Among many lessons, he taught us to compete no matter how we felt on any day. Many other teammates and members of the Penn squash community, from Heckscher to Edwards, Foster, Mateer, Roberts, Panarese, Kogan, Sokolow, Park, O’Brien, Butcher, Ballard, Kammerman and others also provided great competition, friendship and guidance to me over the years. Playing the #1 spot as a freshman was a mantle and honor I clung to for four years. My sophomore-year victory over David Boyum of Harvard in front of a full Ringe crowd there to celebrate Al Molloy’s 25th year as coach was a highlight of my career. My junior year semifinal showing in the Intercollegiate Championships, also at Ringe, with my father in attendance, was another highlight. As a team, we finished that season ranked third in the country, our highest team ranking during my Penn career. Being captain during my senior year and leading the team on tour through London provided another in a long list of highlights I cherish today. After graduation, I proudly carried on the Penn Squash banner and was fortunate to win four National Double titles (with great partners!) in addition to several major invitational tournament titles. I have been blessed by Penn and the game of squash. I am thrilled and proud to be a part of its great history. Thanks to everyone who came before me, and to this great University.”