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    Squash at Salisbury

    Squash arrived on the Hilltop in 1980 when two American-style courts were annexed onto Myers Gym, making the sport one of the more recent additions to Salisbury’s athletic offerings. It would be another four years, though, before Bill Reeves launched interscholastic play. The Myers facility, meanwhile, expanded to four courts.

    Reeves was succeeded as varsity coach by Chris Brown, whose tenure included Salisbury’s first title in the sport: the 1993 New England Small School Squash Championship. Soon after, Stephen Parker ’59 joined the faculty as Chaplain and took the reins of both the squash and tennis programs.

    Christopher “Tote” Smith ushered in an exciting new era in Salisbury’s squash annals when he became head coach in 2003 and presided over the designing of the Adelaide and William Harris ’76, P ’07 and Laura H. Harris Squash Center during the planning phase of the Flood Athletic Center. The Flood Center opened in 2009 with eight international courts, giving Salisbury one of the finest squash venues in New England.

    By this time, one of the Myers courts had already been repurposed as a storage space and construction area for the Dramatic Society. The other three courts, however, remained in service long enough to play a role in the 2011 New England Interscholastic Squash Championships, Class “A” Team Tournament, hosted by Salisbury. Three years later, competing in Class C, Salisbury captured its second title, the 2014 Boys Tournament Championship. Nicholas Sweet, Ryan Castle, and Josh Grossman all captured individual titles in the tournament to lead the Knights to victory.

    During Smith’s twelve-year term, Salisbury boasted two of the top players in the scholastic ranks and arguably the finest players the School has produced in the sport’s four decades on the Hilltop. Christian Rosstad ’06 played #1 for all four years of his Salisbury career before continuing at Division I Northeastern.

    Rosstad was followed by John Lamont ’11, who also played #1 throughout his days as a Knight. Lamont went on to play for the top Division I program in the country, Trinity College (Hartford, CT), under coaching legend Paul Assaiante. During his college career, Lamont’s teams went a combined 75-5, winning the NESCAC title all four years and the NCAA Championship in 2013 and 2015. After his graduation from Trinity, Lamont joined the Salisbury faculty and coached his old team for two seasons. Trevor Rees succeeded Lamont in 2017 as the program’s sixth head coach.

    Salisbury is currently one of the 40 member-schools in the New England Interscholastic Squash Association. The organization hosts three tournaments – Class A, B, and C – each February, in which Salisbury has been a regular participant.

    The last of the old Myers Gym courts? Today, they see more activity than they ever did during the 29 years they housed the squash program. One court was repurposed as the current school post office. The other two have been converted to the School’s business offices, including the CFO’s office and the student bank.

    Interested readers may learn more about the history of squash in New England’s prep schools at the website http://neisa.org.