Paul Assaiante is the squash and tennis coach at Trinity College
in Hartford, Conn. Since March 1998 his Trinity squash team has won
thirteen straight national championships and a record 252 consecutive
A graduate of Springfield College with a masters from Long Island
University, he has coached gymnastics, squash and tennis at the U.S.
Military Academy and squash and tennis at Williams College, as well
as serving as the director of racquet sports at the Apawamis Club
in Rye, NY, the Baltimore Country Club, the Bellevue Athletic Club
in Seattle and the Princeton Club of New York. As the squash coach
at West Point, Williams and Trinity, he has a career record of 430-88;
and his Trinity record after seventeen seasons is 307-14, a stunning
95.6 winning percentage..
Assaiante is currently the National Coach for U.S. Squash. He has
coached the Hartford Fox Force in the World Team Tennis league. He
has twice coached the U.S. men's squash team at the Pan-Am Games,
as well as the 2003 World Championships. Twice he has been named the
U.S. Olympic Coach of the Year and in 1999 the Hartford Courant
named him the Connecticut Coach of the Century. He is also the author
of Championship Tennis by the Experts (1981).
James Zug is an historian and independent writer. He received a masters
in nonfiction writing from Columbia in 1999 and has taught writing
at George Mason University. He has written for the Atlantic, Tin
House, Mail & Guardian, Tennis Week, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine
and VanityFair.com. A former book review columnist for Outside,
he has reviewed books for the Boston Globe, New York Times Book
Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer,
the Boston Book Review and Fast Company. He is also
the only professional journalist covering the game of squash in the
U.S.: he is a senior writer at Squash Magazine, the chair
of the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame & Museum and has written on the
game for magazines across Europe and the Middle East.
He is the author of five previous books: a history of U.S. squash
(Scribner, 2003); a history of a century-old Quaker summer community
in Pocono Lake, PA (privately-published, 2004); a biography of John
Ledyard (Basic Books, 2005); a history of the Guardian, a
Cape Town anti-apartheid newspaper (Michigan State, 2007) and a history
of Sidwell Friends School (privately-published, 2008). He also edited
John Ledyard's collected writings (National Geographic, 2005). He
writes a blog about racquet sports: www.squashword.com.
For more information, visit jameszug.com.