A Look Back: July 2018

Twenty Years Ago in Squash Magazine         May 1998
Angus Kirkland, pictured by Jay D. Prince, made the cover for capturing the 6.5 division at 1998 U.S. Skill Level Championships in Atlanta. Until July 2000 Kirkland, an Englishman, was the head pro at the Harvard Club of Boston, where he helped host two U.S. Opens. He returned to England, got a MBA at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire and moved to Dublin, the hometown of his wife Deborah, who he met in Boston. In 2001 Kirkland co-founded Eventis Sports Marketing with Tim Garner and Peter Nicol; Eventis has run fifteen Canary Wharf Classics and five English Opens. Kirkland is the director general of the European (field) Hockey Federation and commutes each week to the EHF headquarters in Brussels. Angus and Deborah now have three kids: Saskia, Luke and Adam eight.




Fifteen Years Ago in Squash Magazine          June-July 2003
In a Mac Carbonell photograph, Blair Horler & Clive Leach fist-pumped as they captured the 2003 Kellner Cup in astonishing fashion. Down 0-2 to Gary Waite & Damien Mudge—a team  they had lost to fifteen of the past sixteen times—Horler & Leach hurtled to a 15-13 in the fifth victory. Horler, a New Zealander, coached at the Union Club in New York until 2008 when he moved to Dallas with his wife Leanne. Now forty-two, Horler and his wife have two boys Xavier and Sean. He is a part-owner and national director of sales for Austin Eastciders, one of largest craft-beer companies in Texas, and is the CEO of Dash Street Enterprises, a firm that is involved with solar energy, condotel properties and salad dressing. Leach, an Englishman who is now forty-five, has stayed active on the pro doubles tour, grabbing the last two World Doubles titles. After coaching at the New York Athletic Club, Leach has been a pro at the Westchester Country Club since 2014. He and his wife Joanne have a daughter Daniella.




Ten Years Ago in Squash Magazine   July/August 2008
Mark Talbott was profiled by James Zug. In 2004 the U.S. Squash Hall of Famer had left Yale to coach at Stanford, which at the time had struggling club squash teams. Today, after fourteen seasons, Talbott helms a remarkable program: he has a seven-court facility; the Cardinal women are the only varsity program west of the Mississippi and ended last season No.5 in the nation; and the men finished No.32, the highest-ranked club team in the country. His camp, Talbott Squash Academy, is in the midst of its twenty-eighth summer. The Bay Area, with Talbott as a catalyst, is now one of the largest centers for squash in the country. Last fall Talbott was given the Callahan Sportsmanship Award for his role-modeling of exemplary graciousness and fair play. His wife Michelle still plays the cello and has started a non-profit, Musikiwest, to deal with bullying and conflict resolution; their daughter Maya is at medical school at Duke and their son Nick is a coach at Stanford and plays on the PSA tour.




Five Years Ago in Squash Magazine   June 2013
Bob Callahan retired five years ago from his job as the head men’s coach at Princeton. James Zug profiled his thirty-two-year career and his lifetime in the game of squash. In January 2015 Callahan succumbed to the glioblastoma brain cancer that was first diagnosed in February 2012. He was fifty-nine years-old. More than 1,500 people attended his memorial service at the chapel at Princeton. His old position is now officially titled the Robert W. Callahan ‘77 Head Coach of Men’s Squash. In honor of his dedication to graciousness and fair play, US Squash named a new award after him, the Robert W. Callahan Men’s Sportsmanship Award. His wife Kristen and their five sons Greg, Tim, Scott, Peter and Matt, along with thousands of his players and friends, still think often of Callahan and his remarkable legacy still unfolding.


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