Bill Eydler

About This Inductee

The 2008 season marks the 29th season for Bill as King’s head tennis coach, having led the netmen to a fine 349-246 record in his career. Over the last 33 years, he has been the Tennis Director of the City of Wilkes-Barre. He is also a well-known tennis official, tournament director and a USTA/NTRP Verifier. He owns and operates Eydler Sports, a tennis court construction/tennis supply business and is a certified racket stringer. He began his coaching career at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, leading his team to the Northeastern PA High School Tennis League title in 1972. He next coached his alma-mater, Wilkes-Barre Meyers, for three years before moving to King’s. An accomplished player, Bill has won many tournaments on the local level as well as in the Northeast, earning a MSTA Men’s age 35 doubles ranking of #10 in 1984. In 1981, he was named to the Advisory Board of Four Star Tennis Academy and has served as an officer in the Lehigh Valley Tennis Association, a division of the USTA, for several years. In 1986, he was honored with the selection of State Tennis Director of the Keystone State Games, retiring in 1989. For the second time, Bill was honored by the LVTA as the 1990 Outstanding Coach of the Year, an award he had previously received in 1983. Enjoying a highly successful tenure at King’s, where he also co-coaches the women’s team, Bill has led the Monarchs to a number of MAC division and league titles, including the 2000 MAC overall championship. In 2000 he was named MAC Freedom “Coach of the Year.” He also coached King’s to the MAC Freedom and overall runner-up spot in 2001 and playoffs in 2002, 2006 and 2007. Every year many members of both the men’s and women’s tennis teams achieve top scholar athlete awards for the MAC Conference as well as the NCAA III. Bill received his BA degree from King’s College, his Master’s degree from Columbia Pacific University and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Ansted University, British Virgin Islands of UK for meritorious contributions in coaching and athletic administration, 2004. Bill retired in June of 2006 as math specialist in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. He and his wife Diane reside in Wilkes-Barre.