LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College Director of Athletics Jason Fein today announced the appointment of Reinhold Hergeth, head professional at Chelsea Piers of Connecticut and a former student-athlete at Trinity College, as head coach of men's and women's squash. Hergeth becomes the seventh head coach in the 34-year history both programs and will start immediately.
"We are delighted to have Reinhold Hergeth joining our staff as our new head coach of men's and women's squash," said Fein. "His experience as a player and squash professional, as well as his familiarity with the NESCAC made him the perfect choice for Bates. It won't take long for our student-athletes, parents, alumni, and fans to experience his passion and enthusiasm for squash and for teaching every student-athlete to maximize their potential both on and off the courts."
At Trinity, the perennial national champion in men's squash, Hergeth played for four years among the Bantams' starting nine, helping them win three national titles while earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology in 2013. A native of Blomfontein, South Africa, Hergeth has played professionally, and represented Free State Province on 10 occasions at the renowned Jarvis Kaplan Cup international tournament.
"I am beyond privileged to become a member of the diverse Bates squash family," said Hergeth. "I understand what it means to leave one's own family and culture in order to pursue a career, while playing squash at a competitive level. In order for a team to function as one, it is crucial to find a balance between the competition in itself, while maintaining the highest level of respect and admiration for your team. I believe that the coach's role is imperative in this process of integration."
Hergeth immediately headed into coaching upon graduation from Trinity, becoming lead squash professional at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Conn., in January 2014. In 2017 he was promoted to head squash professional at the club.
At Chelsea Piers, Hergeth has coached club members of all levels of ability and age groups; was responsible for all junior programming from beginners to elite; managed various junior and adult tournaments; and coached and traveled with the Chesea Piers travel team throughout the United States. Hergeth has also been head varsity coach at New Canaan High School for the past five years.
Hergeth takes over from 11-year head coach Pat Cosquer, now leading the squash programs at Hobart and William Smith. Bates men's squash has amassed 18 straight winning seasons, while the women's team has posted a winning record in 19 of the past 21 years. The Bates men's squash team will return two All-NESCAC players from 2018-19 in senior Graham Bonnell (Southport, Conn.) and junior Omar Attia (Cairo, Egypt). The women's team returns three-time All-NESCAC selection Luca Polgar (Budapest, Hungary) to the top of its lineup.
"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of the late (former Bates head coach) John Illig, and continue to build on the success that Pat Cosquer accomplished during his tenure," said Hergeth. "The Bates squash team has always had a great sense of community, and I am excited to add to it from my own personal experiences at Trinity."