BLOG — Thirty-five years of coaching at Ole Miss is going to be enough for Billy Chadwick. The legendary coach, who has coached the men’s tennis team for the past 30 seasons, has decided to call it a career following the upcoming 2014 season.
Chadwick, a Jackson native who came to Oxford in 1979, started his association with Ole Miss as head coach of the women’s tennis team. Four years later, he started coaching the Rebels. His overall career record at Ole Miss is 647-298 heading into his final season, which begins this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Chadwick has led the Rebels to 540 wins in 30 seasons, good for an average of 18 per season.
The announcement was made this afternoon at the Starnes Center on campus by Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork, who was joined at the ceremony by Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones. Chadwick, who has been inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame, has won five Southeastern Conference championships, one short of the Ole Miss record held by former football coach Johnny Vaught. Chadwick has also won 10 SEC West titles and 15 of his last 20 teams have finished ranked in the top 10 of the ITA team rankings.
Chadwick is one of only eight current Division I head tennis coaches that has led his team to three or more NCAA Final Fours, and he is only one of 10 active coaches that has led a team to the NCAA Championship Finals. Ole Miss has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 20 times under Chadwick. His 1995 team finished second in the nation after advancing to the NCAA Championship match.
Toby Hansson, Chadwick’s associate head coach, will take over the program after the 2014 campaign is completed. He has been with Ole Miss the past seven seasons.
For more on Chadwick’s retirement and the future of Ole Miss’ men’s tennis program, see Tuesday’s Sports in the EAGLE. (January 13, 2014)