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GRANVILLE, Ohio (September 23, 2022) – Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the hiring of Denison alumnus Michael MacDonald as the new Men’s and Women’s Squash Head Coach at Denison University. MacDonald replaces Pam Anckermann, who resigned in August after leading the Denison squash teams to varsity status two years ago and will now join the NCAA Division I Dartmouth College staff.
“I am excited to return to Denison and continue to build on the strong foundation Pam established during her tenure,” said MacDonald. “The Denison squash teams 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 for men’s and women’s varsity squash. After graduating from Denison in 2009, MacDonald returns to Denison with 12 years of coaching experience, including the last five years as 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 also coached the men’s team to a national ranking of No. 27 at the end of each of those years.
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 the first year when his men’s team recorded 12 wins, which included winning seven of their eight matches in one period. of three weeks. stretch, and posted an impressive 4-1 record in matches decided by a single singles match. MacDonald’s first Connecticut women’s team finished the season with 10 wins after starting the year with a historic win over No. 16 Bates. The women’s team won three of their last four games in February to end the season on a high note and a couple of spots higher in the national standings.
“We are delighted to receive Michael MacDonald back home at Denison Athletics,” said Carney-DeBord. “Mike has built an impressive resume with his experience that indicates he is a superior mentor, leader and excellent coach. He has the uncanny ability to fuse diverse teams together to create positive team cultures. We are also very excited to welcome Michael to our positive work culture where he is currently at Denison.”
After his freshman year at Connecticut College, MacDonald was promoted to faculty while teaching introductory golf and beginners squash classes as an adjunct assistant professor.
In May 2022, MacDonald was elected to the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA), where he continues to drive 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 a professional squash assistant at the University Club of Chicago starting in 2012, he acted as assistant tournament director for the Windy City Open, now the largest professional squash tournament in the world. Prior to that, he served as the director of squash at MetroSquash, Chicago’s urban squash program serving 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 founding of the Chicagoland Squash Conference for Chicago area high school squash programs and acted as league administrator. MacDonald also served as a squash professional at the East Bank Club, providing one-on-one instruction to its members. His diverse history as a coach also includes volunteering with the club team at the University of Chicago and leading the Squash ACES programs at Franklin & Marshall to benefit underserved local public school students in the Lancaster area.
MacDonald played on the Denison University squash team, graduating 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.