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Former Head Coach Bill Wright Inducted Into ITA Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/04/2006
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SKILLMAN, N.J. ?- The Intercollegiate Tennis Association will induct nine new members into its ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame during this month's NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships at Stanford University. Former head coach Bill Wright is one of nine coaches and players being inducted.

 

The Class of 2006 consists of coaches Dick Gould (Stanford) and Wright (California and Arizona), and players Jeff Borowiak (UCLA), Tom Edlefsen (Southern California), Dan Goldie (Stanford), Matt Mitchell (Stanford), Jared Palmer (Stanford), Richey Reneberg (SMU) and Ferdie Taygan (UCLA).
 
This year's ceremony will take place on the evening of May 24 at Stanford's Arrillaga Family Sports Center.

 

The nine inductees this year are the most in a single class since 1985. Stanford's four inductees equals the most to be inducted from the same school since Southern California had four in the inaugural class in 1983.

  

Wright retired from Arizona last year after 27 years of coaching. He also coached at Denver, Colorado State, Illinois and California. He enjoyed some of his greatest success at Cal. He was named Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year in 1979 and in '80 he led the Golden Bears to the USTA-ITA National Team Indoor title and NCAA final. Wright, who spent his last 19 years of coaching at Arizona, compiled 436 career victories.

  

Players are eligible for election to the ITA Hall of Fame 15 years after their last collegiate match and coaches are eligible following retirement. The main criteria for election are college accomplishments as well as honors earned after college. College tennis legend Dan Magill serves as curator for the ITA Hall of Fame, which is housed at the University of Georgia in Athens.

 

The ITA Men's Tennis Hall of Fame, which includes over 1,800 rare photos, inducted its first class in 1983 and has inducted more than 160 players, coaches and contributors since then. Members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Stan Smith (Southern California). The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

 

 

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