Women's Tennis - Thu, May. 7, 2009
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Indiana University Southeast Women's Tennis Coach Bill Ryall announced his retirement today after leading the Grenadiers for more than a decade.
"Over the years, Bill has done a superb job with the women's tennis program. His success has been legendary," said IU Southeast Athletic Director Pat Mrozowski. "His leadership will be missed."
Ryall, a native of New Albany, has coached women's tennis at IU Southeast for 13 years. He started at IU Southeast in 1995 as a teacher and coach after serving his nation in the military as a highly decorated officer. While serving his country, Ryall earned the Legion of Merit award and the German Army Cross of Honor, the highest award given by the German government to a foreign officer. Ryall also had a very successful career as an educator with the United States Department of Defense Overseas School in Europe for 28 years.
During his time coaching the Grenadiers, Ryall accumulated a record of 310-58 (84.2 percent). While his record at IU Southeast is impressive, it pales in comparison with his overall coaching record. Ryall began coaching tennis in the military in 1966. His overall record when combining his military, high school, and college tennis coaching experience is 815-167 (83.0 percent) in 42 years.
"I have enjoyed every minute of coaching tennis here at IU Southeast," said Ryall. "I hope that I have provided a positive, life-enriching experience for all of those athletes who have played for me."
Ryall transformed the women's program into not only a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) power, but also a national tennis force. Since Ryall has been at the helm of the program, his teams have won 11 KIAC Conference Championships and three NAIA Region XII Tournament Championships.
Five Grenadier players have earned NAIA All-American or NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors during Ryall's tenure. Coach Ryall has also been named the KIAC Coach of the Year eight times and NAIA Region XII Coach of the Year three times.
Ryall's teams have not only succeeded on the court, but they have also excelled in the classroom. In 2004, the IU Southeast tennis program earned the distinction of becoming a NAIA All-American Scholastic Team with an overall team GPA of 3.74, the highest in the country that year.
IU Southeast will move forward and begin the process of searching for a new women's tennis coach immediately. Please visit www.ius.edu/hr
for more information about the vacant position.