Billy Chadwick ranked as one of the top collegiate head coaches and one of the most successful head coaches in the history of Ole Miss sports.
He retired in 2014 after an outstanding 35-year career at Ole Miss. A member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Tennis Hall of Fame, Chadwick led the Rebels to unprecedented heights on and off the courts in his three decades directing the program.
A Mississippi native, Chadwick began his coaching career at Ole Miss as the women's tennis coach, laying the foundation for the excellent team they have today. In 1982, he led the Lady Rebels to the SEC finals, AIAW Nationals and the program's first top 20 national ranking. In 1983, he took over the men's program, which at the time was last in the conference. In 30 years with Chadwick at the helm, the Rebels have become one of the top teams in the nation on and off the courts.
With his fifth SEC Championship in 2009, Chadwick trailed only legendary Ole Miss football coach John Vaught in SEC titles won at The University of Mississippi. Vaught won six conference titles in 1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962 and 1963.
In his final season coaching the men, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 21st consecutive year and reached the regional final. Nik Scholtz became the fourth Rebel to be named SEC Player of the Year and the first to be named SEC Freshman and Player of the Year in his career. He became the fifth three-time All-American in the history of the program, reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship and ending the year as the highest ranked singles player in the SEC at No. 14. Scholtz became the third Rebel ever to post a final national ranking in the top 20 three straight years. In addition to the on-court success, senior Johan Backstrom earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, making Ole Miss the only Division I school in the nation to boast an All-American and an Academic All-American in men's tennis.
Chadwick marked his 30th campaign with the Rebel men in 2013 with the team earning their 15th top 10 national finish in 20 years. Ole Miss is one of just four programs to accomplish this feat. The Rebels captured their 10th SEC West title, qualified for the NCAA Championships for the 20th consecutive year and hosted the NCAA first and second rounds for the 11th time. Individual honors included All-Americans Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen advancing to the NCAA Final Four in doubles. Ole Miss was one of only two schools to have multiple All-Americans in both singles and doubles. Scholtz and Lutjen were two of just six players to end the year ranked top 20 in singles and top 10 in doubles. William Kallberg joined Scholtz and Lutjen on the All-SEC team.
In 2012, the Rebels earned the program's 19th straight NCAA appearance, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 16th time and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the nation. A record four players earned All-America honors and Nik Scholtz was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Scholtz reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals, and twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann advanced to the Final Four in doubles. Marcel joined Scholtz on the All-SEC first team, while Jonas Lutjen made the second team.
The 2011 season saw the Rebels earn the program's 18th NCAA appearance. Marcel Thiemann reached the NCAA singles quarterfinals for the second year in a row and earned All-America honors. Tucker Vorster joined Thiemann on the All-SEC team again.
Chadwick did perhaps his finest coaching job in 2010 as the Rebels lost four starters from the 2009 SEC Champion squad, including NCAA Champion Devin Britton. Furthermore, senior Kalle Norberg was lost for the year with an injury. The Rebels captured their ninth consecutive SEC West Championship, advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, made their 17th straight NCAA appearance and ended the year ranked No. 19 nationally. Individually, Marcel Thiemann became the 25th All-American reaching the NCAA singles quarterfinals.
The 2009 season was a remarkable year for the Rebels on and off the hard courts. Ole Miss won the overall SEC Championship after going undefeated, repeated as SEC Tournament Champion and won its eighth straight SEC West title. The Rebels finished the year ranked No. 4 in the nation, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight. Mississippi native Devin Britton became the youngest player ever and the first Ole Miss player to win the NCAA Singles Championship. Individual honors included three All-Americans and five All-SEC selections. Chadwick was named the USPTA National College Coach of the Year and earned his third SEC Coach of the Year honor.
In 2008, the Rebels won the SEC West title and captured the SEC Tournament Championship. A record five Rebels were named to the All-SEC team. Ole Miss advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the eighth time and ended the year ranked No. 6 in the nation. Erling Tveit and Jonas Berg teamed up to advance to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, while teammates Bram ten Berge and Matthias Wellermann reached the semifinals. All four earned All-America honors.
In 2007, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Final 16 and ended the season ranked No. 7 in the nation. The team captured the SEC West title, finished second overall in the conference standings and advanced to the SEC Tournament final. Erling Tveit, Eric Claesson and Robbye Poole earned All-America honors. Tveit and Poole were joined on the All-SEC team by Jonas Berg and Kalle Norberg.
Chadwick has taken the Rebels to one of the country's top programs, and 1995 will be remembered as the benchmark year for the Rebels when they advanced to the finals of the NCAA Team Championships and claimed the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The Rebels built on the momentum, winning the program's first ever SEC Championship in 1996. The 1997 team became the second Rebel squad to advance to the NCAA Final Four and repeated as SEC Champions.
Ole Miss closed out the 20th century with an outstanding year in 1999, capturing the SEC regular season title, advancing to the NCAA Final Four for the third time, and ending the year ranked No. 3 in the nation.
The 21st century has seen the Rebels maintain their excellence on and off the court. In 2002 the Rebels captured their first of 10 SEC Western Division titles and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The following year (2003), the Rebels repeated as SEC West Champions and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
In 2004, the Rebels captured the overall SEC Championship and won their third consecutive SEC Western Division title.
The Rebels enjoyed one of the finest campaigns in the history of Ole Miss sports in 2005, advancing to the NCAA Final Four, capturing the overall SEC Championship for the second straight year as well as the SEC West title. The Rebels ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation, marking the sixth top-five finish in 10 years. Catalin Gard spent 24 weeks at No.1 in the nation in singles and became the second Rebel to earn All-America honors three years, finishing with 112 career victories. Gard was joined on the All-SEC team by Erling Tveit and Karim Alayli.
The 2006 season saw the Rebels advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The team captured its fifth consecutive SEC Western Division Championship, finished second in the overall SEC standings and advanced to the SEC Tournament final for the third time. Erling Tveit, an NCAA singles semifinalist, and Eric Claesson, earned All-America as well as All-SEC first team honors. Bram ten Berge and Juan Pablo Di Cesare joined them on the All-SEC team.
Chadwick received SEC Coach of the Year honors in 1996, 2004 and 2009, and was selected ITA Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008. He was also selected USPTA Southern Division Coach of the Year in 1995, 2002 and 2004 and Mississippi Tennis Association Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 1997.
While Chadwick's teams have ranked among the nation's elite, they have been just as impressive off the court. The Rebels have been named an ITA All-Academic Team nine times, most recently in 2014. The Award is given to teams with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale. The Rebels won the Chancellor's Cup 10 times. 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 boasted five national CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and numerous ITA Scholar-Athletes. Bram ten Berge received the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2009 as the league's top male student-athlete and became the second Rebel to win an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, joining former All-American Alex Hartman, who received one in 2003.
The Rebel mentor coached 29 All-Americans, 39 players to 73 All-SEC selections, 44 players to 103 Academic All-SEC honors and 29 national academic honorees.
Chadwick served as tournament director for the Boys' 18 National Interscholastic Championships; the only USTA national junior tournament held in Mississippi from 1993-97. He also served as tournament director for the 1993 and 1994 SkyTel National Collegiate Clay Court Championships, once part of the Collegiate Grand Slam and the largest ITA tournament that combined both men and women.
He also served as Intersectional Coach for the Southern Tennis Association, leading his team to a National Championship in 1988.
Chadwick holds a Masters in Business Administration (1981) from the University of Mississippi. He received his undergraduate degree in business from Belhaven College in 1974, where he was a four-year letterwinner in tennis. In 2000, Chadwick was inducted into the Belhaven Hall of Fame. In 1970, he was the Mississippi High School Singles Champion.
Following graduation from college, Chadwick participated in ITF/ATP Satellite events in the United States, Canada and Europe.
He is married to the former Julie Carr of Brookhaven, Miss. They have two sons, William Lyon, Jr., and Michael Carr. Chadwick has served as an Elder for the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford.
THE CHADWICK ERA Accomplishments at the University of Mississippi
1982 First Ole Miss women's team to be nationally ranked AIAW Nationals - Seventh place
1984 SEC Women's Team Finals
1986 First Ole Miss men's team to be nationally ranked
1988 SEC Singles Champion
1989 NCAA Team - Sweet Sixteen National Sportsmanship Award winner
1990 National Team Indoor - Ninth place 1991 National Clay Court Champion
1992 NCAA Team - Sweet Sixteen
1994 NCAA Team - Sweet Sixteen NCAA Singles Semifinalist SEC Doubles Champions MTA Coach-of-the-Year
1995 NCAA - Team Finalist NCAA Doubles Champions SEC Singles Champion MTA Coach-of-the-Year SEC Player-of-the-Year
1996 NCAA Team - Elite Eight SEC Team Champions NCAA Singles Semifinalist SEC Singles Champion SEC Player-of-the-Year SEC Coach-of-the-Year ITA Region III Coach-of-the-Year
1997 NCAA Team - Final Four NCAA Singles Semifinals SEC Team Champions SEC Tournament Champions Blue/Gray National Champions MTA Coach-of-the-Year ITA All-Academic Team Award GTE/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
1998 NCAA - Elite Eight SEC Singles Champion GTE/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
1999 NCAA Team - Final Four SEC Regular Season Champions
2000 NCAA Team NCAA Doubles Semifinalists ITA All-Academic Team
2001 NCAA Team
2002 NCAA Team - "Sweet Sixteen" SEC Western Division Champions ITA Scholar-Athlete
2003 NCAA Team - Elite Eight SEC Western Division Champions NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete Award finalist ITA Scholar-Athletes
2004 NCAA Team SEC Overall Champion SEC Western Division Champion SEC Player of the Year SEC Coach of the Year ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2005 NCAA Team - Final Four SEC Overall Champion SEC Western Division Champion ITA All-Academic Team Award ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2006 NCAA Team - "Sweet Sixteen" SEC Western Division Champion NCAA Singles Semifinalist ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2007 NCAA Team - "Sweet Sixteen" SEC Western Division Champion ITA All-Academic Team ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2008 NCAA Team - Elite Eight SEC Western Division Champion SEC Tournament Champion NCAA Doubles Finalist ITA All-Academic Team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2009 NCAA Team - Elite Eight NCAA Singles Champion SEC Overall Champions SEC Tournament Champions SEC Western Divsion Champions Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American ITA Scholar-Athlete
2010 NCAA Team NCAA Singles Quarterfinalist SEC Western Division Champions ITA Scholar-Athletes
2011 NCAA Team NCAA Singles Quarterfinalist ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2012 NCAA Team - NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" NCAA Singles Quarterfinalist NCAA Doubles Semifinalist SEC Freshman of the Year ITA Scholar-Athletes ITA All-Academic Team Chancellor's Cup
2013 NCAA Team NCAA Doubles Semifinalist ITA All-Academic Team ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
2014 NCAA Team SEC Player of the Year All-American Academic All-American ITA All-Academic Team ITA Scholar-Athletes Chancellor's Cup
28 All-Americans 73 All-SEC selections 77 NCAA qualifiers Six SEC individual champions Seven Players Ranked No. 1 in the nation Six ITA Collegiate All-Star Team members 103 Academic All-SEC selections 29 National Academic Honorees