Thierry Lincou enters his fifth year as the head coach of MIT’s squash team in 2018 after leading the program to its best season in program history in 2016-17. In four years with the Engineers, Lincou has guided the MIT squash team to a record of 64-31 and has helped the Engineers qualify for the CSA Team National Championship every season. Additionally under his leadership, Lincou has had six student-athletes qualify for the CSA Individual National Championship.
Lincou guided the Engineers their best season 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.