William Jewell has won the Heart of America Conference 6 out of the last 10 years.
Post Season Highlights
Heart of America Conference Champions in 2011.
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.
Number One Doubles team qualified for the fall ITA National Tournament the last seven years.
WJC was an ITA-Academic All-American team as we placed 8 individuals on the team which was the most of any school in the NAIA in 2005-2006.
5 Individuals were selected on the NAIA Academic All-American team in 2006-07 and in 2007-2008. In 2007-08 our women's team GPA was 3.65. In 2008-09 the team was named as an ITA Academic All-American Team.
Nikki Chambers was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American
Paul Worstell, a 1994 William Jewell graduate, now in his sixth year as the Head Tennis Coach at William Jewell College enters the 2010-11 season with a 105-114 overall record. His women's teams have accumulated a record of 75-43, while the men's teams under his tenure have tallied a win-loss record of 30-71. In 2009, Worstell became the only coach in Jewell women’s tennis history to reach 50 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 one conference title (2006), one region final (2006) and two consecutive region semi-finals (2007, 2008). In 2008 and 2009 the women's team finished second in the HAAC. Worstell has also guided a number one women's doubles team to the Fall ITA National Tournament four out of the last five 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 addition to the success on the tennis courts, Worstell's teams have excelled in the classroom. He has coached three NAIA All-Americans and 14 NAIA Academic All-Americans.
Prior to coaching at Jewell, Worstell worked in radio for 12 years at KUDL in Kansas City.
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 Media and Broadcasting.
Paul lives in Liberty with his wife Kristi (another Jewell Grad of 1994) and their 3 boys Brady, Landon and Carter.