Hobart and William Smith Colleges Sailing Head Coach Scott Iklé led the U.S. Sailing team to a pair of gold medals at the XIV Pan American Games. The head coach of the American sailors oversaw victories in the J/24 and women’s mistral events.
|Head Coach Scott Iklé (back row, 3rd from left) and the U.S. Sailing Team (photo by Thornton)|
In the J/24, the Americans finished four points ahead of Brazil, winning five of the 12 races contested. Captain Tim Healy and crews Gordon Borges, Davenport Crocker Jr., and Nick Judson finished in the top five in each of the 11 races they sailed (with the gold medal clinched, the U.S. did not sail in the final race).
In the women’s mistral, Lanee Butler earned her third Pan Am gold medal in four trips to the games. She completely dominated the field, winning eight of the first 10 races and finishing second in the other two. Butler secured the gold medal before the final two races were held, giving her a 12 point victory over the silver medalist from Canada.
An assistant coach for the U.S. Team at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Iklé has been a part of four U.S. gold medal performances, including Andy Horton’s (Hobart Class of ’98) victory in the lightning class in Winnipeg.
Now entering his 10th season as the head coach of the HWS sailing team, Iklé has mentored 25 All-Americans since 1996, including five on the 2003 All-America squads. Since 2000, the HWS sailing team has earned 10 berths in Intercollegiate Sailing Association championship events. This past season, HWS participated in four of the ICSA’s six championships, including a second place finish at the ICSA Sloop North Americans. Both the coed and the women’s teams finished the year ranked fifth in the nation.
Last summer, Iklé was the head coach of the U.S. Team at the International Sailing Federation World Sailing Games, capturing a bronze medal in the women’s catamaran event.
A 1984 graduate of Hobart College, he holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Long Island University.