Preparing Boys for Life.

The Haverford School Best for Boys Speaker Series

March 17, 9-10:30 a.m.

Achieving Success Through Failure: Paul Assaiante

Paul Assaiante, Trinity College squash coach and winningest coach in college sports history, believes that it is only through failure that we learn what is important.

  • How do we raise balanced children in a pressurized society -- and how are we as parents contributing to that society?
  • What does it mean to give our children ownership of their own journey?
  • How can our children manage their emotions in the face of adversity?
  • How do we teach our children -- and remind ourselves -- that making small mistakes now will keep them from making monumental ones later? That learning to fail now will actually allow them to succeed in the future?

Join the community to hear from this legendary coach, mentor, and observer of human nature about the value of risks and failures in creating resilient, capable, and positive citizens.

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Introduction by Michael Rouse, Haverford School Class of 1985, former #1 Singles and Doubles NCAA Division I collegiate tennis player and Executive Director & Co-Founder of ESF Camps.

A book signing of Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear, co-authored by James Zug of The Haverford School Class of 1987, will follow the program.

This event is free and open to the public. It promises to be a powerful and thought-provoking event for parents of both boys and girls. Adults only, please.

Paul Assaiante Trinity College Squash

About Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history,” winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles and 11 consecutive NESCAC Championship titles.

Assaiante's core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year.

Assaiante is a 1974 graduate of Springfield College and holds a master's degree from Long Island University. His coaching experience includes stints at Army for eight seasons and at Williams College, where he was 13-10 to give him a 510-79 overall career varsity record. He was also a squash professional at the world-famous Princeton Club of New York and director of racquet sports at the Baltimore Country Club, the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York, and the Bellevue Athletic Club in Seattle, Washington.

Run to the Roar Paul Assaiante James Zug

About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School's Best for Boys speaker series invites the community to learn about topics and practices that help foster the social, emotional, and academic growth of young boys.

The events are free and open to the public.

Location & Directions

"Achieving Success Through Failure" will be held in Ball Auditorium, located on the lower level of Wilson Hall (the Upper School).

The Haverford School is located at 450 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, PA.

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