Thierry Lincou enters his sixth year as the head coach of MIT’s squash team in 2019 after leading the program to its first College Squash Association Summers Cup National Championship in 2018. In five years at MIT, Lincou has guided the squash program to an overall record of 80-39 and five apparances in the CSA Team National Championship tournament. Additionally, Lincou has had nine of his student-athletes qualify for the CSA Individual National Championship.
2018 was a historic year for Lincou and the MIT squash program as the team took home the Summers Cup National Championship title and finished the year ranked No. 17, the highest in 20 seasons. In the Summers Cup bracket, MIT topped No. 21 Bates, No. 17 Williams and No. 19 Brown to win the championship. At the conclusion of the season, MIT was named as the Nation's Most Improved Team and also earned the College Squash Association's Sloane Award for Sportsmanship, which is voted on and selected by coaches from institutions across the collegiate level and is named after former Williams College coach Sean Sloane as MIT became the tenth Division III program to earn the award since 2006.
Lincou guided the Engineers to one of their best seasons in program history with an overall record of 19-5 in 2016-17 and concluded the year ranked No. 21 in the country - the highest for the team since the 2003-04 season. MIT finished the season by winning twice in the Division C Summers Cup and had a student-athlete qualify for the individual national championship for the 14th time in program history.
In 2015-16, MIT had two student-athletes represented at the CSA Individual National Championship and finished the year ranked No. 26 in the country after producing a mark of 18-9 overall. He brings over 30 years of experience to the Engineers’ program, including playing as a professional from 1994-2012 on the Professional Squash Association World Tour.
In 2004, Lincou became the first player from a non-Commonwealth country to reach World #1 and held the ranking throughout 2004-05. He also won the Individual World Championship in Qatar in 2004, was the European Champion in 2009 and 2010, and was the World University Champion in 1998 and 2000. Lincou was also the captain of the French National Squash team, winning a silver medal twice and bronze once.
Prior to arriving at MIT, Lincou organized tournaments in France and on Reunion Island, as well as organizing training camps in Geneva, New York, Boston, Hong Kong, and Israel. Since 2001, he has worked with Tecnifibre Brand, a company that makes squash equipment, and has managed the Tecnifibre international junior program since 2010.