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Longtime Navy Squash Coach Craig Dawson Resigns

Dawson resigns after amassing a 365-154 record over 18 seasons at his alma mater.

Dawson on Mattsson -- "Nils is the team captain and wants to continue to play the No. 1 position. His conditioning, as he works to be a Navy SEAL, is without question. Nils has the potential to be Navy's next All-American."

2009-10 -- By a vote of his peers, was selected to serve as the Mids' team captain for the 2009-10 season ... entering his final season, has the opportunity to break Jeff Sawin's record for most wins under Craig Dawson's watch, needing at least 21 wins to tie the record.

2008-09 -- Navy's No. 1 player, he turned in a 25-7 record, matching his personal high for wins in a season ... the 25 wins are tied as the fourth most during Craig Dawson's tutelage ... he finished the season ranked 39th nationally ... defeated 43rd-ranked Nadav Tannen from Franklin & Marshall in three games in the regular-season finale ... followed up by winning his opening-round match of the CSA Team Championship against Bates' Kush Mahan, who was ranked 40th ... nearly pulled off upsets in back-to-back matches against Connecticut College and Penn, losing to top 40 foes in five-game matches .. rode a four-match winning streak into the CSA Team Championship where he won all three of his matches by 3-0 counts ... extended that winning streak into the CSA Individual championship where he won his first two matches before bowing out of the tournament following a quarterfinals loss to Trinity's Chris Binnie ... one of two players to represent Navy at the CSA Individual Championship ... became the 35th different player to win the USS Barb Squash Racquets Perpetual Trophy by defeating Allan Lutz, 9-2, 10-9, 9-6 ... Mattsson lost to 2008 graduate Tucker George in each of the previous two years.

2007-08 -- Just missed the 20-win mark with his 18-9 record in his second season ... split his time between No. 1 and 2, seeing a great deal of action at No. 1 during the month of January ... won 12 of his first 13 matches which featured wins over No. 61 Greg Hutner of Western Ontario (3-0), No. 70 Tony Maruca of Williams (3-0) and No. 71 Adam King of Dartmouth (3-10) ... his lone loss early on was a 3-2 decision to 38th-ranked Mark Froot of Penn ... struggled late in the year ... won one of the three matches at the CSA Team Championship ... knocked off Bowdoin's Palmer Higgins, 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 ... won his first two matches of the CSA Individual Championship held in Annapolis ... defeated Alex Salton of Haverford, 9-4, 9-5, 9-2 and Princeton's Peter Sophoer, 9-0, 9-1, 9-6 before bowing out to Rochester's Frederick Reid and Bates' Kush Mahan in three games each.

2006-07 -- Became the first Navy player to win the Molloy division of the College Squash Association Individual Championship by defeating teammate Jeff Sawin in five games ... was trailing 2-0 when he stole away game three, 9-2, and went on to win the match with 10-8 and 9-1 wins in the fourth and five games ... capped of a freshman campaign that saw him finish with a 25-9 record ... primarily played the No. 2 spot on the ladder, but saw action in eight matches as Navy's No. 1 player ... opened his career by winning his first seven matches, all three-game sweeps ... suffered his first loss to 18th-ranked Andrew Boumford from Dartmouth ... earned a 3-1 win over Williams' Tony Maruca who was ranked 58th ... won two of his three CSA Team Championship matches ... opened up with a 3-1 win over Brown's Edward Cerullo who was ranked 51st and defeated Cornell's Rohit Gupta in three games ... ended the season on a six-match winning streak ... turned in a 5-0 record which featured wins over Navy's Jeff Sawin and Alastair Smith to win the Molloy title ... his final ranking heading into the individual championship was No. 58, but finished the year 33rd after winning the Molloy crown.

High School -- A 2006 graduate of The Lawrenceville School, the same institution that produced former Navy standout Jeff Sawin, Mattsson was a three-sport standout ... he earned four letters in squash, three in soccer and two in lacrosse ... member of the 2004, `05, and `06 squash teams that were crowned National Champions ... served as team captain his senior season.

Personal -- Full name is Nils Henrik Mattsson ... son of Christer Mattsson and Deborah Leppencott ... born Feb. 28, 1988, in London, England ... speaks Swedish ... brother, Thomas, is a sophomore at Penn and is one of its top squash players ... majoring in Comparative Politics ... has twice been named to the Commandant's List.

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