Morris Clothier ’87 Honored at U.S. Squash Gala

NEW YORK – Former Franklin & Marshall College squash player, Morris Clothier ’87, was awarded United States Squash’s highest honor, The President’s Cup, at the Annual Hall of Fame Gala Saturday night. Awarded by the Board Chair of U.S. Squash, the award is given annually to an individual who has made substantial leadership contributions to U.S. Squash as a sportsman and organizer.

Clothier was a four-time All-American at Franklin & Marshall playing in the first position almost exclusively during his career. He was ranked second in career victories at the time of his graduation, and boasted the College’s best career winning percentage, .772, to that point. He currently ranks 14th in all-time wins at F&M with a 61-18 record. Clothier was named F&M's 1987 Outstanding Senior Male Athlete.

Clothier is considered to be the top “amateur” doubles player in the game, earning 10 National Doubles titles. He received the 2008 President’s Cup from U.S. SQUASH’s Board Chair Jeannie Blasberg. The President’s Cup is U.S. SQUASH’s highest service honor and Clothier’s was recognized for his contributions to the game as a board member of the International Squash Doubles Association, his service as Chair of Doubles Committee since 2006, and his leadership in the recent surge in doubles activity, from the U.S. Father-Son Championships he co-founded in 2005 with Simon Aldrich, to the increase in tournament and league activity in the U.S.

The over 300 gathered squash enthusiasts were also treated to a preview of the documentary “Hashim Khan: A Squash Champion’s Story”. The project, directed by Josh Easdon and produced by Beth Rasin, is expected to premiere on January 22, 2009. More information on the project is available at www.squashfilms.com.

The Gala Committee Chair Peter Lasusa indicated that the event raised nearly $100,000 in support of U.S. SQUASH and the national teams as the Association pursues its goal of four gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games. Also serving on the Committee were David Barrett, Lee Belknap, Jeannie Blasberg, Richard Chin, Morris Clothier, J.D. Cregan, Jr., Julian Illingworth, Natalie Grainger, Meredeth Quick, Jeff Stanley, James Zug, and on the Junior Committee were Michael Ferreira, Dylan Patterson, Taylor Robinson , Bernardo Samper, Jonny Smith, Noah Wimmer .