Michael MacDonald named Denison Head Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach

GRANVILLE, Ohio (September 23, 2022) – Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the hiring of Denison alum Michael MacDonald as the new Head Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach at Denison University. MacDonald replaces Pam Anckermann, who stepped down in August after leading the Denison squash teams into varsity status two years ago and will now move on to join the staff at NCAA Division I Dartmouth College.

“I’m excited to return to Denison and continue building on the strong foundation Pam established during her tenure,” said MacDonald. “The squash teams at Denison are poised to grow and I can’t wait to see how far we can go.”

MacDonald is now the second head coach in Denison’s history of varsity men’s and women’s squash. After graduating from Denison in 2009, MacDonald returned to Denison with 12 years of coaching experience, including the last five years as the head coach of the men’s and women’s squash programs at Connecticut College. In 2018-19 and 2019-20, MacDonald coached the women’s team at Connecticut College to back-to-back Epps Cup titles and coached the men’s team to a No. 27 national ranking at the end of each of those years as well.

MacDonald was hired as the first full-time head squash coach at Connecticut College, where he helped bring stability and confidence to the program from year one as his men’s team recorded 12 victories, which included winning seven of their eight matches over a three-week stretch, and registered an impressive 4-1 record in matches decided by just a single individual match. MacDonald’s first women’s team at Connecticut finished the season with 10 wins after beginning the year with a historic triumph over No. 16 Bates. The women’s team was victorious in three of its final four matches in February to end the season on a high note and a couple of spots higher in the national rankings.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael MacDonald back home to Denison Athletics,” said Carney-DeBord. “Mike has developed an impressive resume with his experience indicating that he is a superior mentor, leader, and excellent coach. He has the uncanny ability of melding different teams together to create positive team cultures. We are also very excited to welcome Michael to our in-place positive work culture currently at Denison.”

Following his first year at Connecticut College, MacDonald was promoted to faculty status as he taught classes in introductory golf and beginning squash as an adjunct assistant professor.

In May of 2022, MacDonald was elected to serve on the College Squash Association (CSA) Board of Directors, where he continues to push for the growth of squash at the collegiate level.

Prior to his arrival at Connecticut College, MacDonald was an integral contributor to the Chicago-area squash community. Along with his role as an assistant squash professional at the University Club of Chicago beginning in 2012, he acted as an assistant tournament director for the Windy City Open, now the world’s largest professional squash tournament. Before that, he served as the squash director at MetroSquash, Chicago’s urban squash program that serves over 150 students each year.

In 2016, MacDonald was the head squash coach at Beacon Academy and helped it quickly gain popularity. The following year, he spearheaded the foundation of the Chicagoland Squash Conference for Chicago-area high school squash programs and acted as its league administrator. MacDonald also served as the squash professional at the East Bank Club and provided tailored instruction to its members. His diverse coaching history also includes volunteering with the club team at the University of Chicago and directing the Squash ACES programs at Franklin & Marshall to benefit underserved students from local public schools in the Lancaster area.

MacDonald played on the squash team at Denison University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental studies in 2009. He earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern University in 2016.

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