Chadwick to be inducted into Miss. Sports Hall

Veteran Ole Miss tennis coach Billy Chadwick will be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in the spring of 2006, it was announced today at a press conference in his hometown of Jackson. Chadwick will join several other inductees in the Class of 2006, including Raymond Brown of Ole Miss football fame.

Billy Chadwick grew up in Mississippi, played sports in Mississippi, coached sports in Mississippi and continues to coach them as head men's tennis coach at Ole Miss.

For all his achievements and accomplishments, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced Thursday it will induct Chadwick into the Hall as a part of the Class of 2006. The ceremony is set for an undetermined date next spring.

"Mississippi has perhaps the richest sports tradition of any state in the country," Chadwick said today, who will join sports figures from John Vaught and Archie Manning to Boo Ferriss, Jake Gibbs, Robert Khayat, Don Kessinger, Bruiser Kinard, Peggie Gillom, Walter Payton and a seemingly endless list of Mississippians who have excelled in sports. "It is a phenomenal group of people who are in this Hall of Fame. To join them makes me one of the more fortunate people on the planet."

Chadwick is a graduate of Wingfield High in Jackson and Belhaven College also in Jackson. He has been at Ole Miss with the tennis program since 1979.

His teams have set the standard for not only tennis programs in Mississippi but in the Southeastern Conference for several years. He will have another conference and national contender at Ole Miss this season.

"I really believe this (induction) will have a positive effect for people following our program," Chadwick said. "Maybe some people will look even closer at our program. It is just a special thing for me. My family and I share this honor with everyone who has been a part of the program at Ole Miss and with the entire Ole Miss family."

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