Craig Thorpe-Clark Resigns as Men's Squash Coach

PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania Director of Athletics Steve Bilsky has announced the resignation of head men's squash coach Craig Thorpe-Clark. Thorpe-Clark oversaw the Quakers program for 11 seasons, coached seven All-Americans, six All-Ivy selections, and the College Squash Association's (CSA) 2006-07 Skillman Award winner in Gilly Lane. He also guided the Red and Blue to ten consecutive top-10 rankings by the CSA from 2001-10.

Thorpe-Clark led Penn to the Hoehn Cup in 2009-10, as the Quakers won the B-Division title at the CSA Team Championships in February. 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.

Overall, Thorpe-Clark went 95-79 during his career at Penn, including 11 wins in 2004-05 which tied a school record set originally in 1994-95. He had four seasons with 10 or more wins; prior to his arrival, the Quakers had won 10 matches or more in a season just twice.

"The past 11 years here at Penn have been a very rewarding experience for me both professionally and personally," said Thorpe-Clark. "The opportunity to work with some great young student-athletes is what attracted me to Penn initially, and I have worked with many outstanding young men.

"I have had a considerable commute and significant time away from my family, and this has been the determining factor in my final decision," he continued. "For my entire career here, I have had the full support of the athletic department administrators, staff and fellow coaches. I personally wish to thank Athletic Director Steve Bilsky and Associate Athletic Director Mary DiStanislao, the athletes on my teams and their parents, the Penn squash alums and the entire squash community here at Penn. I will miss Penn dearly."

"It is always hard when a coach decides to leave, but we certainly understand Craig's reasoning," said Bilsky. "We thank Craig for all he did during his time here at Penn, and we wish him well in the future."

A search for Thorpe-Clark's successor will begin immediately.