Ole Miss tennis coach going into Miss. Tennis Hall of Fame

By Ole Miss Media Relations

OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss men’s tennis head coach Billy Chadwick’s list of accomplishments is long, and on Friday he will add another achievement when he is inducted into the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame.

The Tennis Foundation of Mississippi recently announced Chadwick and Steven Pennington of Pascagoula as the 2010 inductees.

“I have been involved with Mississippi tennis all of my life through playing, through teaching and through coaching, and it is a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Chadwick said.

Chadwick, who grew up in Jackson, has made a name for himself in tennis circles in Mississippi and across the country. He began his association with the University of Mississippi in 1979 as the coach of the women’s team, laying the foundation for the excellent team they have today. In 1983 Chadwick took over the men’s program, which at that time was last in the conference. In his 28 years as coach of the Rebels, he has turned the Ole Miss program into one of the best in the country.

His numerous accomplishments include leading the Rebels to five overall SEC Championships, nine consecutive SEC West titles and 19 NCAA appearances, including four Final Four showings. In 1995, the Rebels finished runner-up in the nation.

In 2009, fellow Jackson native Devin Britton became the youngest player to win the NCAA Singles Championship, joining 11-time grand slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi and former All-American Ali Hamadeh (1995 NCAA Doubles Champions) among the numerous outstanding student-athletes, Chadwick has coached.

Chadwick’s players have also achieved a high-level of success in the classroom. All-American Bram ten Berge received the SEC’s Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as the top male student-athlete in the conference in 2009, and the Rebels have won the Chancellor’s Cup seven straight years as the Ole Miss team with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Individually, Chadwick has been named SEC Coach of the Year three times (1996, 2004, 2009), as well as being named the USPTA National Coach of the Year in 2009. He was inducted into the Belhaven College Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 2010, Chadwick earned his 600th coaching victory at Ole Miss and is just four away from his 500th win with the men’s program.

Chadwick’s successful association with Mississippi tennis began at Wingfield High School where he was the Mississippi High School singles champion in 1970. He and his twin brother, Barney, went on to lead Belhaven College to a No. 6 national ranking in 1974.

Both Chadwick and Pennington will be honored Friday at a banquet at the Country Club of Jackson.

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