PEORIA, Ill. – After directing the Bradley women’s tennis team to its best win total in 20 years, Chris Williams has resigned as the program’s head coach to pursue opportunities closer to family in Iowa. Bradley has launched a national search to identify the 11th head coach in program history.
“My time at Bradley has been one of the best experiences I’ve had and I have really grown as a coach as a result,” said Williams, “but the opportunity to return to an area so close to home is one I could not pass up.”
Inheriting a roster that returned all 12 players from the 2011-12 squad that was just 4-19 overall, Williams led the 2012-13 Braves to a 9-17 record in his one year at the helm for the program’s best win total since the 1992-93 squad finished 14-7 overall.
“Although Chris was here only a short time, he has significantly improved our program and positioned us well to attract a strong leader as our next head coach,” said Bradley Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Cross. “Bradley wishes him and his family the best as they return to their roots.”
The 2013-14 Bradley roster will return nine players, including five of the six players who accumulated double-digit victory totals in singles action last season, and the Braves will welcome a pair of incoming freshmen.
As the Braves look to continue their upward trend, the Bradley University’s David Markin Tennis Courts also are improving as the surface of the courts is in the process of being reconstructed this summer.
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