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Riley to leave Bethel tennis program

July 11th, 2019

William Riley

William Riley, Bethel College men’s and women’s tennis coach, has announced his resignation effective July 22.

“We consider our coaching staff here at Bethel a family, and Will was a part of that,” said Tony Hoops, athletic director. 

“Being a family means doing what is best for each person,” Hoops continued. “Coach Riley had some family issues arise back home in Georgia that he needs to go back and attend to. I’m interested in not only hiring great people but then doing what is right and best for those great people.”

Riley came to Bethel in February from Covington, Ga., where he was a private tennis coach and head girls’ tennis coach at the Weber School in Sandy Springs, Ga.

For 21 years, 1993-2014, he worked at his alma mater, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in a variety of roles, including head men’s and women’s tennis coach. He led several Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championship teams and was named SIAC Coach of the Year four times.

In Riley’s only season at the helm of Bethel tennis, he was able to lead both teams to berths in the KCAC championships, with the women’s program hosting their first post-season match in more than 10 years at the Ward Tennis Center on campus, posting a 5-2 victory over Friends University to move Bethel to the semifinals.

Riley said he was “truly appreciative of the chance to work at Bethel College” and that he “fell in love with the people here.”

“I wish Coach Riley nothing but the best, and appreciate him leading our tennis programs this past season,” Hoops said, going on to state the importance of filling the now open coaching position.

“Bethel College tennis is a historically great program with strong support. Filling this position with the right person who is willing to lead the program for the foreseeable future is essential.

“Our student-athletes and tennis alumni deserve that. We will explore every option in making this critical hire while doing so in the most efficient manner with the fall season quickly approaching.”

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