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Riley to take charge of tennis program

January 21st, 2019

William Riley

Athletic Director Tony Hoops has announced the appointment of William Riley as head men’s and women’s tennis coach, to begin Feb. 4.

Riley comes to Bethel from Covington, Ga., where he was most recently a private tennis coach as well as head girls’ tennis coach at the Weber School in Sandy Springs, Ga.

He was employed at Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala., from 1993-2014, serving in a variety of roles, including head men’s and women’s tennis coach, residence hall director and assistant housing director, director of Greek life, director of student activities and instructor of physical education.

Riley coached several Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championship teams as well as All-Academic teams. He was named SIAC Coach of the Year four times and Physical Education Teacher of the Year once.

From 2015-17, Riley was head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

Riley is a graduate of Stillman College with a B.A. in communications and physical education. He also has an M.S. in coaching and exercise science and an M.A. in coaching and athletic administration, both from Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.

“We are blessed to have Coach Riley’s educational background, knowledge of tennis, and experience of small college athletics as whole be a part of Bethel College,” Hoops said. 

“Coach Riley has dedicated his life to impacting student-athletes and leading successful programs over the past 27 years at all levels from NAIA to NCAA Division 1. 

“While the process of hiring the next coach of Bethel College tennis was lengthy, we are very fortunate to have landed what I believe is a perfect fit for our institution and tennis program to move it into a new era of excellence.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Threshers tennis team into the upcoming season and to be a part of the Bethel College family,” Riley said.

“I want to thank AD Tony Hoops for believing in me and letting me bring my years of experience to Bethel and I’m looking forward to an exciting season this year and each season afterwards.

“I feel that Bethel has all the tools to continue to be a leader in the conference and nationally. I’m more than ready to get started with all the players, administration, staff and alumni. This is an exciting time for me and my family.” 

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