'Bob Hawthorn Squash Initiative' Surpasses Its Goal And Supports Fordham Squash   
by Rob Dinerman

Dateline April 2, 2021 --- Bob Hawthorn, Fordham Class of 1953, became the head coach of Fordham University’s squash and tennis teams in September 1956 and held those positions throughout the 54-year period prior to his retirement in July 2010. His was the longest tenure of any squash coach by a wide margin (Harvard’s legendary leader Jack Barnaby’s 44 years ranks second in the coaching-longevity category) and, in recognition of his more than half-century of service, Hawthorn was inducted into the College Squash Association Hall of Fame in 2006, the year that he marked the golden-anniversary 50th year at the helm.

   To honor Coach Hawthorn’s legacy, as well as to establish an endowment fund to assist Fordham’s current squash players with equipment and travel expenses, two of his former players, namely Andrew Cordova ’93 and Pat Yuen ’74, established the “Bob Hawthorn Squash Initiative” in 2019. The initial goal was to raise $75,000, a figure they surpassed several months ago and are now closing in on a revised target of $100,000. They have produced an eight-minute video tribute to Coach Hawthorn, in which some of his former star players, including Larry Hilbert ’72 and Bill Andruss ’75, both of whom attained rankings in the top-10 of the World Professional Squash Association hardball tour that had such a successful run throughout the 1980’s. The link to the video is https://www.givecampus.com/schools/FordhamUniversity/bob-hawthorn-squash-initiative  and anyone, whether as a Fordham squash alum, a friend of Coach Hawthorn (who died in March 2011 at age 80) or just someone who is interested in having a chance to participate in supporting the squash program, is encouraged to visit that site.

  Upon Hawthorn’s retirement, a number of his players arranged to have an article written that paid tribute to and extensively chronicled his remarkable career. The link to that article is http://dailysquashreport.com/dinerman_archive_3_31_11.htm.