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Bill Richards
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 765.285.8906
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Bill Richards
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 11/30/2006

 37- Mid-American Conference Regular Season
 and or tournament championships


- First coach in school history to receive the President's Medal  of Distinction when he recieved it at the 2012 Ball State  commencement.

- Winningest men's tennis coach in Ball State and Mid-American  Conference history, reaching two milestones in 2012  with 600  overall wins and 200 MAC victories.

- 619-357 (.634) overall record
- 206-43 (.827) conference record
- Has coached 17 undefeated regular seasons
- 20 Mid-American Conference Championships

-2005-06 Players Matt Baccarani, along with teammate Patrick Thompson, were ranked nationally as high as fourth nationals in doubles.

-Coached John Amos to first round singles victory at the 1994 NCAA Championships.

-Tutored former players Dan Kronauge and Paul Kruse to the 1991 Volvo Collegiate Fall Championship, which ultimately earned them the distinction of the No. 1 doubles team in the country and held that honor a good portion of the season.

- Has consistently coached Ball State teams and or players to ITA national polls, highlighted by a top 20 team ranking in 1990, and No. 1 doubles ranking and top 40 in 1992.

- Involved in U.S. National Team.  Accompanied top American junior players to Wimbledon, the French Open and U.S. Open.

-Has conducted numerous clinics including the Midwest Open

-Elected as one of six Division I men's coaches to the ITA Board of Directors in 2008.

-Inducted to Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993
- Awarded the Benny Award from the University in 2006, which is the top honor  for his service to Ball State.

Winningest men's tennis coach in school and MAC history
-  First MAC crown 1984
-  MAC Coach of the Year 15 times

-  A native of Sturgis, Mich., Richards earned a bachelor of   science degree from Western Michigan in 1970 and a master's degree in health and physical education from Bowling Green in   1971. At Western Michigan, he was a three-year letterwinner in tennis and a MAC Champion in both singles and doubles.  After serving as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green, Richards served as the head tennis coach at Portage Central High School for one year prior to his appointment at Ball State.

-  Richards and his wife, Sue, have two children, Rob, (wife Wendy),   and Kristi, one grandaughter Leah and one grandson, Ryan.