William Jewell is part of the NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Post Season Highlights
Heart of America Conference Champions in 2011. Fall ITA Doubles Regional Champions 7 out of the last 10 years.
Number one women's doubles team has won the Fall ITA Regional Touranment the last seven years in a row. By winning this tournament the team qualifies for the Fall ITA Small College National Tourmnament.
Paul Worstell, a 1994 William Jewell graduate, now in his ninth year as the Head Tennis Coach at William Jewell College enters the 2012-13 season with a 172-145 overall record. His women's teams have accumulated a record of 110-56 (.662), while the men's teams under his tenure have tallied a win-loss record of 62-89 (.410). In 2012, Worstell became the only coach in Jewell women’s tennis history to reach 100 career victories.
In 2006, his first as head coach of the Cardinals, Worstell led the team to its best record in school history at 18-2. He has also led the squad to two conference titles (2006 and 2010), one region final (2006) and two consecutive region semi-finals (2007, 2008). In 2011, the women's team finished 17-7, won the HAAC, qualified for the NAIA National Tournament and finished the season ranked 23rd in the nation. Worstell was also named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NAIA Region Coach of the Year.
Coach Worstell has also guided a women's doubles team to the Fall ITA National Tournament seven out of the last eight years.
The men's tennis teams at Jewell have steadily been improving. The men finished fourth in HAAC play in 2009 which was their highest finish in over six years. 2009 also saw the Cardinals ranked in the top 30 for the first time in over 15 years after their upset of then #24 ranked Bethany College back on March 13. In 2008 and 2009 WJC men's team also received individual national rankings with two of their players being ranked in the nation. In 2011, the men's team finished 16-9 which was their best record in over ten years.
In addition to the success on the tennis courts, Worstell's teams have excelled in the classroom. He has coached three NAIA All-Americans (6 selections) and 19 NAIA Academic All-Americans.
Worstell is the director of the William Jewell College Summer tennis team camps is also a member of the USPTA.
While at Jewell, Worstell was a standout player for the Cardinals. During his first year he played number 6 and helped the Cardinals qualify for the National Tournament. As a sophomore, Worstell shot up the ranks to play number 3 and won the district 16 Championship in singles and doubles. Worstell was very active on campus at Jewell as President of FCA, a Resident Assistant and Station Manager for KWJC. He graduated with a B.A. in communications.
Paul now works at William Jewell College full time as the Director of Sports Information and Head Men's and Women's Tennis coach.
Worstell lives in Liberty with his wife Kristi (another Jewell Grad of 1994) and their 3 boys Brady, Landon and Carter.