Hobart and William Smith Colleges Head Sailing Coach Scott Iklé ’84 was named the 2018 Sail1Design/Gill Coach of the Year. He guided the Colleges to three top 4 finishes at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association national championships this spring. In addition, Iklé recently had six sailors named ICSA All-Americans.
In his 25th season at the helm of the sailing program, Iklé guided HWS to third place finishes at the ICSA Sperry Women’s National Championship and the ICSA LaserPerformance Team Race National Championship as well as a fourth place effort at the ICSA Gill Coed National Championship. He has directed the Colleges to 65 ICSA national championship berths, finishing in the top five 26 times, including the 2005 team race and coed national championships.
Iklé also led HWS to the 2018 MAISA Women’s Championship, the program’s 16th MAISA title on his watch.
Iklé’s mentorship resulted in a program record six All-Americans this spring. Greiner Hobbs ’18 was a finalist for the Everett Morris Memorial Trophy as the Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year and Bailey Carter ’19 became the program’s first ICSA All-American Women’s Skipper. In his career, Iklé has overseen the development of 61 All-Americans, including 2007 Morris Trophy winner and 2012 Olympian Trevor Moore ’07.
In addition to Carter, Hobbs and Hector Guzman ’20 were named to the ICSA Coed All-American Skippers team while Haley Okun ’18, Lindsey Kloc ’19 and Maya Weber ’20 earned spots on the ICSA All-America crew team.
Hobbs was the 2018 MAISA Coed Sailor of the Year, Carter was the MAISA Women’s Sailor of the Year, and Iklé earned the MAISA Coach of the Year award.
Widely respected for his coaching talents, Iklé has earned the Graham Hall Award for outstanding service by a college sailing professional (2014), US SAILING’s “Doc” Counsilman Science Award (2006), National Coach of the Year Award (2003), and Developmental Coach of the Year Award (1998). In addition, Iklé has served the sport of sailing as a US SAILING certified judge, president of the American 505 Class, and board member of various junior sailing associations. He’s also a frequent contributor to Sailing World magazine.
An experienced sailor, Iklé has won numerous regatta championships on the International, North American, National, and District levels in various different classes, including the Laser, 49er, Lightning, 505, FD, One Ton, International Fifty Foot, Mum 30, and Maxi Classes. An accomplished fleet racer, he’s had international success in match and team racing.