PHILADELPHIA- U.S. SQUASH has announced its Hall of Fame Classes of 2007 and 2008, and former longtime Penn coach Al Molloy will be one of two honorees in the Class of 2008.
Molloy -- who passed away in June 2000 -- will be honored at a black-tie gala on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan. He will be joined in his class by Kenton Jernigan, and that same night U.S. SQUASH will also honor the Class of 2007 (Carol Hunter Weymuller, Fred Weymuller).
“Al’s inclusion to the US Squash Hall of Fame is fitting recognition for the great contribution he made over the years to all levels of squash, from intercollegiate and professional to the development of juniors,” said current Penn men’s squash coach, Craig Thorpe-Clark. “Al was also an outstanding professional player, but the hallmark of his career is the impact on the lives of all the players who played for him during his long and storied career at Penn.”
Molloy was a coach at the University of Pennsylvania for a total of 32 years, with his squash and tennis teams combining for 443 wins and 250 losses (.639 winning percentage). He was inducted into Class II of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame on May 16, 1998.
Molloy’s squash teams won three Ivy League championships, with titles coming in 1966, 1969 and 1974. The Penn squash teams of 1965, 1971, 1973 and 1974 all won national championships under the guidance of Molloy. On the tennis courts, Molloy-led teams won four Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association titles in 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1971.
Molloy also taught more than his share of outstanding athletes, as 24 members of his teams were honored with All-America or All-Ivy League accolades, while three of his squash athletes won individual national championships.
Molloy himself was a pretty fair player in his day. In addition to his coaching exploits, he was runner-up at the US Professional Championships (now the Tournament of Champions) in 1956 and 1958.
Molloy’s induction by U.S. SQUASH adds to an already illustrious group of Hall of Fame honors. In addition to Penn Athletics, he has been inducted into the National Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame and Penn’s Tennis Hall of Fame.
Click here to read an appreciation written by former Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter Bob Lyon following Molloy’s death in 2000.