Mark Talbott, Director of Stanford Squash, Head Coach

Mark Talbott

Mark joined Stanford University in 2004 as the first Director of a newly established squash program. With his vision, experience, and dedication, the Stanford Squash Program has developed into an unique program with far reaching goals with community outreach and junior player development programs in addition to a highly competitive and successful intercollegiate program.

Mark enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional squash player. He was inducted into the Squash Hall of Fame in 2000, being recognized for his unmatched tournament record during his twelve year reign as the #1 ranked squash professional in North America. He was the World Professional Squash Association Player of the Year 8 times, in 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992, and an Olympic Athlete of the Year on 3 occasions in 1991, 1992, and 1995. In addition, he captained the first USA Team to compete in the Pan Am Games in 1995, earned the Sharif Khan Award for Sportsmanship in 1991, and won the USSRA President's Cup in 1989. Mark won 70 percent of the tournaments he entered, and was the World Hardball Champion and American Softball Champion. His major titles, among more than 250 career tournament victories, include five North American Opens, six World Professional Championships, three Canadian Opens, two U.S. Opens, three Boston Opens, three S.L. Green Softball Nationals and a pair of North American Open Doubles titles. Mark was featured in numerous magazines during his illustrious playing career, among them Gentlemen's Quarterly, New Yorker, Esquire and twice in Sports Illustrated.

In addition to competition, Mark is dedicated to developing players of the next generation. In 1991, he established the Talbott Squash Academy, one of the first National Training Centers for the U.S. Squash Association. The Academy has since trained thousands of students during the summer in Newport, RI, and in Stanford, CA.

After retiring from competition in 1996, Mark assumed the position as Women's Squash Coach at Yale University where he led the bulldogs to their first National Championship in 18 years. He moved to California in 2004 as the Director of the Stanford Squash Program and Head Coach of the Stanford Men's and Women's teams.

Mark is not only a strong believer in promoting the game of squash itself but also in using the game to improve and impact positively the lives of young people especially those from underserved communities. Having been involved with the urban squash programs around the country for the past fifteen years, he founded Xtreme Squash in 2009, a non-profit urban squash/ education program in Palo Alto, CA, targeting middle school and high school students.

Mark's wife Michelle is a world class cellist. Their daughter Maya is currently attending Stanford University, and their son Nick is matriculating at Brown University. He is a big sports fan, and enjoys golf, hiking, and bike riding in his free time.

Richard Elliott, Assistant Coach

Richard Elliott

Richard joined Stanford University as the Assistant Squash Coach in January 2011, having been involved with Stanford squash on a part time basis since its infancy in 2000 when it was a student run program. He played an important role in the development of Stanford squash program to what it is today.

He coaches not only the players of the Stanford intercollegiate teams but is also heavily involved in developing junior players and in the Stanford Squash Club. To promote the sport in this area, he organizes regular tournaments for players at all levels including an annual tournament for international professional players.

Born in England, Richard started playing Squash at age 13 and played his first junior tournament at age 14. He became consumed by the sport, and it has become life-long passion. Prior to squash, he played badminton and some tennis. By age 16, he made the decision that squash would be his professional career.

Richard took his first full-time resident Teaching Pro position at age 20 in England, and realized that coaching was his calling. For the next 10 years, he held three Head Pro teaching positions in Europe, two in England and one in Switzerland. In 1995, Richard moved to California to take on the Head teaching Pro position first at The Decathlon Club in Santa Clara and then at the Pacific athletic Club in Redwood City. He has over 30 years of teaching experience and holds the highest level of coaches certification, an England Squash level 3.

In addition to coaching squash, Richard enjoys competition and has earned impressive results. Before his move to the U.S., he played all the domestic tourneys and leagues in the United Kingdom, at junior as well at adult level tournaments. He also travelled within Europe to play a number of Professional Squash Association events. By age 19, he was ranked in the top 30 in the UK and 107 in the world. In recent years, he was the U.S. National age-level champion in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006, a Finalist in 2000 and in 2004. He was also a World Masters finalist in 2008, being in 3rd place in 2001.

Richard is a huge enthusiast for physical training and pushing the limits of endurance. He trained and completed for the first time a triathlon (half-ironman) meet in San Francisco in the summer of 2011. His other hobbies include reading, golf, snowboarding, and cycling.

TW Wiedmann, PhD, Advisor on Academic and Education

TW Wiedmann

TW joined Stanford University in 1980 and served on the faculty in the Medical School. Following her retirement, she founded a non-profit organization, H.E.L.P. for Kids, dedicated to youth education and development through partnerships with public schools, especially those in underserved neighborhoods. Together with Mark Talbott, the Director of Squash at Stanford, she co-founded another non-profit organization, Xtreme Squash, which offers an academic enrichment program in conjunction with squash instruction to middle school children from economically challenged communities.

Her professional career spanning more than four decades was dedicated to medical research and education. Her research areas covered a wide variety of disciplines including endocrinology, immunology, cancer biology, and neurology. Most of her career was in the university setting, including Harvard University, University of Basel (Switzerland), and Stanford University. Her research career also included a span of 3 years as the director of research and drug discovery in Pharmagenesis, a pharmaceutical company.

TW has been advising and mentoring undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students at Stanford for more than 30 years. She also serves as the faculty advisor to a number of student organizations at Stanford, including the Association for Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford and Stanford Premedical Association.

TW's passion is education, especially that of young people and universal health literacy. She is also a big enthusiast of sports, especially playing tennis, squash, and ping pong. She coached college men's varsity tennis teams for a number of years and continues to coach individuals, especially on strategy and mental attitude.

She has twin sons and 3 grandchildren (1 girl and 2 boys). She earned her Ph.D in pathology and biochemistry from Harvard University (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Medical School) in 1963.