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Hardin-Simmons University Men | Women

Division:NCAA - Div. III
Location:Abilene, TX
Head Coach:Shane Williford
Assistant Coach:Andrew Bullard
Institution Type:Private
Environment:Small city
Student Population:Less than 2,500

Conference Highlights
Hardin-Simmons University Tennis

Home of Champions

HSU Cowboy Tennis

NAIA National Champions

Conference Champions
1926, 1927, 1935, 1954, 1956, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

ASC West Division Champions
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

HSU Cowgirl Tennis

Conference Champions
1983, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

ASC West Division Champions
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Team Creed

“The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack, and the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf.”
Coaching Achievements
Williford returns for his tenth season as the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Hardin-Simmons.

He has coached nine ASC Freshmen of the Year, 12 ASC MVP’s, three ASC newcomers of the year, an ITA All American,(Lisa Mertz winner of the 2010 ITA West Region Tournament), and three NCAA All Americans. HSU Men’s doubles team earned All-American honors in 2005 after they advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships semifinals.

In 2007, both the men and women made the NCAA Tournament, for the first time in school history. He has led both teams to the ASC title in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and ASC West Champions for the men in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 as well as for the women in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

From 2005-12, he was been named ASC Coach of the Year for men, women or both.

His women’s teams are 101-11 against ASC opponents in his career and his men are 98-9.

A 1993 graduate of Howard Payne, Williford had a distinguished tennis career with the Yellow Jackets. He was named first team All-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1989, 1990, and 1992.

In 1991, Williford was a qualifier for the NAIA National Tournament. He helped lead his team to the 1991 & 1992 TIAA Championship.

Prior to beginning his college coaching career, he served as Club Pro in West Texas for nine years and was the 1998 and 1999 Permian Basin Pro of the Year. He is USPTA Professional 1, he’s a former USTA Jr. Rec. Committee member, a USTA National Coach, and a USA Tennis National Developmental Coach.

In 2000 he was a People to People Sports Ambassador AD for the USA Jr. Teams to Holland and in 2001 to New Zealand/Australia.

He and wife Angela have four children, Jim (17), Tori (15) J.C. (13) and Davyn (12).
12/19 Nathalie Joanlanne chooses Wisconsin
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Campus Showdowns are one-day, short-format tournaments open to juniors, college players, professionals, and adults. These events give junior players a chance to compete against college competition on a college campus.
1/10 Coed Showdown
Hanover, NH
Bob Dallis
1/17 Coed Showdown
Lakeland, FL
Florida Southern
Trish Riddell
1/24 Women's Showdown
Lexington, VA
Washington & Lee
Erin Ness
1/24 Women's Showdown
Rochester, NY
Matt Nielsen
1/25 Men's Showdown
Rochester, NY
Matt Nielsen
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