Billy Chadwick Named USPTA National Coach of the Year
Courtesy: Ole Miss Athletics
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Ole Miss men’s tennis head coach Billy Chadwick has been named United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) National College Coach of the Year for the team’s outstanding season in 2009. Chadwick received the award Thursday at the annual World Conference on Tennis held here at the Marriott Resort.
“This award represents a total team effort. It was a combination of outstanding senior leadership and a core of experienced players and talented freshmen,” said Chadwick, three-time SEC Coach of the Year.” “Our assistant coach Toby Hansson played a big role in our players doing their best both on and off the court.”
“This is an award that sums up the type of coach and program Billy Chadwick has built at Ole Miss,” executive associate athletics director Lynnette Johnson said. “His programs have excelled over the past 15 years and this past year was no exception. Billy recruits top student-athletes, and they compete for him at the highest level. We are proud that he is our head coach.”
In 2009, Chadwick guided the Rebels to the SEC Regular Season Championship, the SEC Tournament Championship, the NCAA Elite Eight and a final national ranking of No. 4 in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. Mississippi native Devin Britton made history for the Rebels, becoming the youngest player to win the NCAA Singles Championship and just the third freshman, which includes John McEnroe.
Off the court, Bram ten Berge won the Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award (as the top male student-athlete in the conference) and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
With the program’s fifth SEC Championship in 2009, Chadwick now trails only legendary Rebel football coach John Vaught (six) in SEC titles won at Ole Miss. In addition, the Mississippi native has coached six teams to a top five final national ranking.
Individually, 24 players have been named ITA All-Americans under Chadwick. Last year a league-leading five Rebels were named All-SEC bringing the total of All-SEC selections in Chadwick’s tenure to 62.
Ten Berge became the latest in a long line of outstanding student-athletes for whom Chadwick has coached in his 27 years as the Rebel mentor. Under Chadwick, 23 student-athletes have garnered national academic honors and five teams have received the ITA All-Academic Team Award. In addition, the program has won the Chancellor’s Cup six straight years, as the men’s varsity team with the highest cumulative GPA.
Chadwick has also been instrumental in growing the sport as evidenced by the Rebels leading the nation in attendance in 2009.