Aerobic Tennis
About the Author

Bill Wright grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and started to play tennis when he was 12, and he’s been hooked ever since. Between tournaments and coaching, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. While getting his law degree at Denver, he coached there and at Colorado State University. In 1960 he was the Southwest Conference Doubles Champion and Inter-mountain Doubles Champion. In 1963 he was ranked no. 44 in the United States in men’s singles. In 1964 he was the coach and captain of the U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team. Bill practiced law for five years in Los Angeles before returning to tennis full-time as coach at the University of Illinois and director of tennis during the summers at Vail, Colorado.

In 1974 he was ranked no. 7 in the U.S. in the 35-and-older category. That same year he began coaching the men’s team at the University of California at Berkeley and for six years his team was in the quarterfinals or higher in the NCAA team championships. He became the vice president of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in 1976.

In 1978 the NCAA coaches picked him as Coach of the Year. In 1980 the Cal Bears won the national indoor team championships and were runners-up to Stanford in the NCAA championships. In 1982 Bill was named Coach of the Year in the Pac-10 Conference. His coaching at Cal has produced seven all-Americans, all of whom have since turned professional.

From 1987 to 2006, he was men’s tennis head coach at the University of Arizona. He was named Region Eight Coach of the Year in 2003 and in 2005. In 2006, he was elected into the Intercollegiate Coach’s Hall of Fame, as well as the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame. During his 27 years as a coach, he accumulated a 373–319 career record.

He and his wife, Bitsy, currently live in Tucson, Arizona.

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