TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Bill Wright, head men’s tennis coach at the University of Arizona since 1986, today announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2005.
“There’s a time for everyone to move on and this is the time for me,” Wright said. “I’ve enjoyed the U of A immensely. The administration, athletic department and coaches are without question the most positive and supportive group of people anywhere. I’ve enjoyed all my players over the years and have appreciated their effort and hard work.”
The 2004 and 2001 Region VIII Coach of the Year, Wright has compiled a 182-244 record in his 19 seasons at Arizona. He will coach senior Colin O’Grady and junior Roger Matalonga in the NCAA Tournament in doubles competition later this month.
“Bill has had a great run here,” Athletics Director Jim Livengood said. “We’ve really appreciated his 19 years of loyalty and service to the Wildcat family. It’s been wonderful working with him and we’re sorry to see him go.”
In 29 seasons as a head coach at five different schools, Wright has compiled a 436-374 (.538) record, has produced nine All-Americans, was National Coach of the Year once and Pac-10 Coach of the Year once.
Livengood will review the possibilities of Wright’s replacement in the coming weeks.