Trinity College Squash Is Top of the Heap

Only A Game is one of my favorite radio programs. ESPN is great for non-stop sports, but OAG is a thinking person’s sports program. They cover the sports that might show up on one of ESPN’s lesser channels at 3:00 A.M. on a weekday. I enjoy waking up on Saturday mornings and tuning in to OAG on my favorite NPR station, WFCR. Yesterday, on the way to work I heard a great segment about the Trinity College Men’s Squash Team. I knew of the team because they are a Hartford, Connecticut institution and you drive by their NCAA championship signs on Interstate 84. 

The story was well done. I enjoyed listening to the players and coach comment on their 10 year winning streak, which is unmatched in collegiate sports. They dominate their competition and do it with humility. The story offers lessons for athletes and business people. I shared the story with Bill Ghormley, one of Horst Engineering’s business advisors, and the parent of a Trinity alumnus. He said, “These streaks — especially at the college level — are worth analyzing, as they are usually great models for business performance as well.” I agree. 

How do you build a team? How do you recruit? How do you go international? How do you train? How do you set goals? How do you stay motivated? How do you keep success from going to your head? How do you treat your competition with respect? All of these questions were answered in a matter of minutes. Go Trinity!

2 Responses to “Trinity College Squash Is Top of the Heap”

  1. 1 waghormley 11 February 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Great write up on a great topic — humility and performance, performance and the ever-present shadow falling over the effort –reminding one that at any match the chain could be broken.
    This reminds me of the story of the great parades through Rome after a great military victory. The victorious general would be put into a chariot and driven through the city amongst masses of cheering throngs. They would place a slave on the back of the chariot, and he would whisper into the general’s ear: “you are mortal, you are mortal, …” as they rode, lest he start to think he was a god. BG

  1. 1 Trinity College Squash Hangs on to Win Again « Life Adventures Trackback on 23 February 2009 at 2:55 pm

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