August 4, 2014 - Daily Squash Report is sad to report the tragic death yesterday afternoon of Middlebury College men's and women's coach John Illig, who passed away from injuries sustained Saturday night in a fall at his Vermont home.
John was reportedly suffering from the flu when he fell down a flight of stairs and never regained consciousness.
John was one of the winningest squash coaches in intercollegiate history, with over 550 victories during a 24 -year career that included tenures at Colby, Bates and Middlebury. He played varsity tennis and squash at the University of Rochester, graduating in 1986 with a degree in English literature
.John was the current president of the College Squash Association's Men's Executive Committee and served in the same role on the women's side from 2001-2003. According to Middlebury Athletics, during that time John helped implement gender-equity by instating alternating weekends for the national team tournaments, naming the brackets at team nationals, increasing communication between the men’s and women’s executive committees and working with the men’s league to rename the organizations to their present iteration as the College Squash Associations.
As an athlete, John raced in marathons, triathlons and ultra-marathons, and was an avid long-distance hiker.
He is the author of the books Pacific Dream, Man in the Middle and Trail Ways, Path Wise, which chronicle his experiences hiking over 8,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail..
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