Q&A with Squash's Jack Herold '18

Name: Jack Herold

Sport: Squash

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Class: 2018

Major: Quantitative Economics

Service Assignment: Submarines

Q: What drew you to attending the USNA?
A: I was drawn to it because it was an invaluable opportunity to develop myself into a competent leader, serve my country and be a part of an incredible legacy.  

Q: How did you first become interested in squash?
A: I first became interested in squash when I was seven years old. My dad (who played tennis in college) and I walked into a local recreation center where they had some squash courts. My dad thought that it looked like fun and we picked up the sport together. I have been playing ever since.

Q: What is something about the sport that most people don’t know or understand?
A: Squash is a challenging sport both mentally and physically. People have said that it is like “playing chess at 120 MPH.” Also, squash has a strong international presence and is popular around the world. 

Q: What is the best part about your hometown?
A: The best part of Chicago is its diversity. There are thousands of things to do and it is truly an international city. Also, it is constantly changing.

Q: Name three artists on your music play list.
A: Highly Suspect, J Cole, Cage the Elephant.

Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be and why?
A: If I could play another sport it would be lacrosse. I played in high school for 2 years and it was awesome. It’s physical and mentally challenging.

Q: Favorite place you have visited in your life, and why is it your favorite.
A: My favorite place I have visited is Alaska. It is my favorite because it is the rawest place I have ever been to. Nature is in control there.

Q: Best moment of your time here at the USNA.
A: When my squash partner (Randy Beck) and I won the Intercollegiate Doubles National Championship.

Q: Knowing what you do now, what would you tell yourself on Induction Day?
A: Take everything in stride and work hard.

Q: What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
A: I am not really sure. I want to be doing something exciting that benefits others.


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