Only one award is given out each year in men’s squash—the Coonley Bowl, which is given in honor of Howard Coonley II, C’66. The bowl is awarded annually “to that member of the University of Pennsylvania varsity squash team who, through his qualities of leadership and sportsmanship, has brought recognition to the game of squash racquets and the University of Pennsylvania.”

 

Small wonder it is named in his honor—Coonley is arguably the man who originally put Penn on the squash map.

 

He was a three-time letterwinner in squash and tennis at Penn, and captained the Quaker squash team in 1966 when he went 9-0 in dual matches, won the National Intercollegiate Championship (Penn’s first in nearly 30 years), and was the top-ranked player in the U.S. National Intercollegiate rankings. Penn won a share of the Ivy League title that year, the first in program history.

 

As a junior, Coonley led Penn to the U.S. National Four-Man Championships and finished the season ranked second individually; that came on the heels of a No. 10 ranking that he garnered as a sophomore in 1964.

 

On the tennis courts, Coonley was a member of the 1965 Penn team that shared the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association (EITA) title with Harvard and Princeton—again, the first conference championship for the Quakers in that sport.

 

Coonley continues to live in the area.