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Bill Wright
Bill Wright

Head Coach

18th season

Bill Wright enters his 18th year as the men's tennis coach at the University of Arizona. In 2001, he was named Region VIII Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 12-10 record. While at Arizona, Wright has posted an overall record of 159-223 (.416). He has coached three ITA All-Americans while at Arizona. An Atlanta native, Wright graduated in 1960 from Southern Methodist University where he won the Southwest Conference doubles title and placed second in singles in the 1957 singles tournament.

Wright attended law school at Denver University and graduated in 1963. While in Denver, he coached the Denver University men's tennis team from 1962-64, as well as the United States Junior Cup team, where he served as the coach and the captain. While coaching, Wright was in the singles rankings at No. 44.

After graduation, Wright coached at Colorado State in 1963 and then made the move to Orange County, Calif., where he practiced law as the deputy district attorney from 1968-72.

In 1972, he began coaching at the University of Illinois before he became the men's tennis coach at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. During his tenure with the Golden Bears, Wright led his teams to 12 of their most successful seasons. In 1980, the Golden Bears won the indoor title and finished second in the nation behind Stanford. While at Cal, Wright produced seven All-Americans and posted an overall record of 223-116. In 1978, Wright was named National Coach of the Year and was Pacific-10 Coach of the Year in 1982. He became the vice president of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 1976.

After 12 years at California, Wright moved to Tucson to take over the head-coaching job at Arizona in 1987.

"I've always liked Tucson," Wright said, "I was happy to make the move and to take on a new challenge."

During his 27 years as a coach, he has accumulated a 373-319-career record.

Wright is an avid tennis player, coach, a scholar of law, and also an author. Wright wrote the book, Aerobic Tennis, in 1986. Wright and his wife, Bitsy, have two children, William and Tabitha.