Trinity College Head Men’s Squash Coach Paul Assaiante guided the United States Squash Team to unprecedented success on the biggest international stage at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from July 25 to 31.
Team USA won both the men’s and women’s team gold medals and claimed a record total five golds and seven silvers at the quadrennial event. Former Bantam All-American and current Trinity Men’s and Women’s Squash Assistant Coach Chris Binnie competed in the event for his native country of Jamaica, while Trinity women’s and men’s All-American alumni Catalina Pelaez and Juan Vargas both competed for Colombia. The United States won three gold medals and two silver medals during the individual events, while the American women downed Canada in the team finals, and the U.S. Men’s squad defeated Colombia, 2-1, in its gold medal match. Coach Assaiante discussed the chances for the U.S. Team on a podcast with Gerry Gibson.
Trinity College men’s squash finished the 2018-19 season with a 16-3 overall record, won its 13th consecutive NESCAC Championship title, and reached the CSA National Team Championship (Potter Trophy) Finals for the 22nd time in the last 23 seasons. The Bantams edged Columbia and Rochester, both by 5-4 scores, in the first two rounds of the Potter Trophy Tournament at Yale, before falling to Harvard, 9-0, in the finals.