MUNCIE, Ind. - Bill Richards, who completed his 40th year as the head men's tennis coach at Ball State University, will become the first coach in school history to receive the President's Medal of Distinction at the 2012 Ball State commencement this Saturday.
Richards is the winningest men's tennis coach in Ball State and Mid-American Conference history, reaching two milestones this season with 600 overall wins and 200 Mid-American Conference victories.
Over his tenure at Ball State, Richards has led the team to 19 MAC regular season championships capturing his last crown in 2011. Under Richards' tutelage the Cardinals have also made seven NCAA tournament appearances along with tallying 16 undefeated MAC seasons.
In 2008, Richards was one of six Division I men's tennis coaches to be elected to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Board of Directors. He has governed numerous clinics, including the Midwest Open while accompanying several top American junior players to competitions such as Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open.
For his outstanding achievements on and off the court, Richards was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 and received the Benny Award, the highest honor for services from the Ball State Alumni Association, in 2006.