Rebels’ Chadwick to retire after season

Billy Chadwick will retire as the Ole Miss men's tennis coach after this season. (Ole Miss)

Billy Chadwick will retire as the Ole Miss men’s tennis coach after this season. (Ole Miss)

Daily Journal reports

OXFORD – Billy Chadwick, the longtime coach of the successful men’s tennis program at Ole Miss, will retire after this season, he announced Monday.

Chadwick, the school’s winningest coach regardless of sport, will be replaced next season by associate coach Toby Hansson.

Chadwick begins his final season with an overall record of 647-298.

He began his Ole Miss career as women’s coach in 1979 and assumed the men’s duties in 1983.

When he took over the Ole Miss men, the Rebels were last in the SEC.

Under Chadwick’s guidance, the Rebels have reached the NCAA tournament 20-straight seasons with one appearance in the team championship final. They have reached the semifinals four times, the quarterfinals nine times and the Sweet Sixteen 16 times.

Ole Miss has finished in the nation’s top five seven times and is currently ranked No. 11.

“I want to use this occasion as a time to thank our administration, our staff, our fans and supporters for all they have done,” Chadwick said. “The success of this program is a credit to them. We have been blessed to have had so many outstanding team members that have contributed so much to Ole Miss and have made this program truly special.”

Chadwick is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame.

Only the late John Vaught, who won six football championships, has won more SEC championships for Ole Miss than Chadwick.

Among his players’ individual achievements, Chadwick has coached three NCAA champions, six SEC champions and 28 All-Americans. Seventy-six of his players have been NCAA individual qualifiers.

Chadwick was named national coach of the year in 2009 and has been SEC coach of the year three times.