Ole Miss Men's Tennis History
The men’s tennis program at Ole Miss is recognized as one of the elite programs in the nation, consistently competing for SEC and NCAA Championships. In addition to producing excellent results on the court, the program has achieved a high level of success academically with players leaving Ole Miss to become highly successful in their chosen careers.
Tennis has been a part of Ole Miss athletics for over a century. During the early 1900s, tennis was considered a club sport at Ole Miss. Tennis received a major boost in 1949 when J.W. Wobble Davidson became the head coach. Under the direction of Davidson, the Rebel tennis program took on a more competitive role. Mitch Salloum, Jr., was one of the stars of Davidson’s early teams and compiled a 14-1 record in match play in 1953.
The 1974 Ole Miss men’s tennis team is one of the most successful teams in the history of the program becoming the first Rebel squad to win 20 matches in a season. Coached by Mack Cameron, the ‘74 Rebel squad posted a 21-9 record and held the record for most wins in a season until current head coach Billy Chadwick’s 1995 team went 23-5 and advanced to the National Championship match. The ‘74 team included the first two Ole Miss tennis players to receive full scholarships, Peter Marks of Jackson, Miss., and Randy Hoover of Chattanooga, Tenn.
In 1988, Dave Randall, currently the head pro at River Hills, and Jamie Booras, became the first All-Americans for Ole Miss men’s tennis. Randall was recognized nationally in 1989 by receiving the Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. They along with the 1989 team, who was the first to go to the NCAA Team Championships, laid the foundation for the success of the program today.
The sixth head coach in the history of men’s tennis at Ole Miss, Chadwick ranks as one of the top collegiate head coaches, and is recognized as one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Ole Miss sports.
For his contributions to the world of tennis as both a player and a coach, Chadwick was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in July of 2006. In January of 2011, he was inducted into the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame.
With his fifth SEC Championship in 2009, Chadwick trails only legendary football coach John Vaught in SEC titles won at Ole Miss. Vaught won six conference titles in 1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962 and 1963.
A Mississippi native, Chadwick is one of only eight active Division I men’s tennis coaches to have led a team to the NCAA Championship Finals. Furthermore, he is one of only three active Division I coaches to have taken his team to three or more NCAA Final Fours.
While the teams of the late eighties and early nineties laid the foundation, the 1995 season will be remembered as the benchmark year for the Rebels when they advanced to the final of the NCAA Team Championship and claimed the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Since ‘95, the Rebels have been a mainstay among the best teams in the nation, advancing to the NCAA Final Four in 1997, 1999 and 2005.
In 1996, the Rebels went undefeated in the SEC regular season on their way to winning the program’s first ever SEC title. They have won 17 team titles in what is regarded as the nation’s premier conference.
The 2010 season saw the Rebels capture their ninth consecutive SEC West title and earn their 17th straight NCAA appearance. Marcel Thiemann advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in singles and became the program’s 25th All-American.
While Chadwick’s teams have ranked among the nation’s elite for the past 16 years, they have been just as impressive off the court. The Rebels have been named an ITA All-Academic Team four times, most recently in 2007. The Award is given to teams with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale. The Rebels recently received the Chancellor’s Cup for the eighth year in a row. The cup is awarded each year to the men’s and women’s varsity sports with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Individually, the Rebels have had many CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and numerous ITA Scholar-Athletes. Bram ten Berge became the first Ole Miss tennis player to win the Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award (2009), as former All-American Alex Hartman was a finalist in 2003.
Chadwick has coached 64 All-SEC picks, 82 Academic All-SEC honorees, 25 All-Americans and 25 Academic All-Americans during his career at the University of Mississippi.
Tennis at Ole Miss has indeed become synonymous with excellence on and off the court. With five of the top six returning from last year and the addition of some talented newcomers, the Rebels expect to be contending for more championships in 2012.
Monday, May 20, 2013 - Baseball
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Monday, May 20, 2013 -
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Football
It was exciting news this week as Rebel favorite Tom Luke returned to the Ole Miss football program as Assistant A.D. for Player Development. A second-generation Rebel and the brother of fellow Ole Miss standout and staffer Matt Luke, Tom... read more
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - Athletics
A little more than a year into his first term as Ole Miss Athletics Director, Ross Bjork made his first trip to Starkville this week but did so for a good cause. Bjork and Bulldog AD Scott Stricklin joined forces... read more
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Men's Tennis
Despite losing the All-American twin duo of Marcel and Chris Thiemann and playing in the toughest conference in America, Ole Miss finished the 2013 regular season with a ranking of No. 7 in the nation.The regular season was highlighted by... read more
Saturday, April 13, 2013 - Football
The Rebels' uniform modifications for the 2013 football season were released during the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. Facebook Photo Gallery Follow me on twitter @CampbellKyle.... read more
Friday, April 12, 2013 - Football
Injuries have riddled the Ole Miss football team this spring, and after evaluating the situation this week, the coaching staff determined a full scale scrimmage would not be an option for this year's BancorpSouth Grove Bowl. As a result, the... read more
Monday, April 1, 2013 - Women's Tennis
Former Ole Miss All-Americans and collegiate top-10 doubles duo Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie have reunited to compete in the $25,000 USTA St. Dominic Pro Circuit women's event in Jackson. The event, which began Sunday, will run through April 7... read more
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Football
Panama Trip Photo GalleryTwo weeks ago, I wrote about a group of six Ole Miss football players who went on a mission trip to Panama over spring break. They have since returned to Oxford and been knee-deep in schoolwork and... read more
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - Men's Basketball
Ole Miss' run to the SEC Tournament title and the Big Dance received national coverage for the team and university during the March Madness. Below is just a sampling of mountain of press the Rebels have gotten including a tweet from King... read more
Monday, March 25, 2013 - Track & Field
Michaela Quinn, a member of the 2013 Ole Miss track & field signing class, turned in a great performance at the World Junior Cross Country Championships over the weekend.Competing as a member of Team Australia, Quinn placed 25th in the... read more
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - Football
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Colton Walls, a sophomore linebacker who started his career at Clemson, is among the non-scholarship players to join the Ole Miss football team this spring. Rebel fans will be quite... read more
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - Football
A long list of ex-Rebels are planning to work out for the NFL scouts at Ole Miss Pro Day on Thursday. Of the 21 former players putting their talents on display, 16 concluded their Rebel careers in the fall, while... read more
Friday, March 1, 2013 - Football
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating a bowl win in Birmingham. Now that that and an historic signing day are in the rear view mirror, it's time to gear up for spring drills. The Rebels take to the... read more
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - Athletics
Ryan Smith, a sophomore distance runner on the Ole Miss track & field team, will be a sports trivia contestant on an upcoming segment of ESPNU's late-night entertainment show, UNITE.The episode of UNITE airs late Wednesday night at 1 a.m.... read more