Chadwick Countdown #34

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As we are all aware, Ole Miss legendary tennis coach Billy Chadwick will retire at season's end.  Throughout his career, Ole Miss fans have witnessed many memorable moments on and off the courts.   

Chadwick has been coaching at Ole Miss for what will be 35 years and, as a tribute, we are going to reflect and try to highlight the 35 top moments of Chadwick's tenure.  For a coach that has accumulated over 600 wins during his career, picking out only 35 is no small feat.

We are going to follow up Chadwick's success with the women's team with No. 34 today.  For the remainder of the men's tennis season, we will release three top moments a week to highlight Chadwick's storied career.  Starting next week, we will release one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.

No. 34 on our list is Chadwick's first career win as the men's tennis coach.  This came in Chadwick's first season as the men's head coach in 1983, as the Rebels defeated Centenary 8-1 at the Milwaukee Classic in Milwaukee, Wisc. 

While relishing the accomplished program that we all enjoy today, it is easy to forget where it all began.  When Chadwick took over the men's program that year in 1983, it was last in the Southeastern Conference.  Thirty years and 18 SEC titles later, here we are. 

Although Chadwick's first career win was not against a big-name opponent, it was the beginning of one of the most historic coaching careers in college tennis.

Stay tuned for No. 33 next week with many exciting moments on the way.  We are only getting started.

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