UMS-Wright Boys Tennis

Meet the Head Coach

Coach Rick Cleveland returns for his fourteenth year at UMS-Wright after 26 years in the Alabama Public School System.  At UMS-Wright, Coach Cleveland currently serves as the Head Boys Tennis Coach and 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach. Under his tutelage, Bulldog tennis teams have won nine 4A State Championships in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. His teams have also finished as 4A Runner-up in 2005 and 5A Runner-ups in 2007 and 2008. He was selected as the Alabama High School Tennis Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the National Federation of High Schools. He also served as the Offensive Line Coach on the Bulldog 2008 4A State Champion Football staff. In the classroom, Coach Cleveland teaches American History.
He began his coaching career at Talladega High School as an assistant football and basketball coach and as head tennis coach.  Coach Cleveland moved to Banks High School in Birmingham where he served as defensive coordinator in football, head basketball and boys tennis coach.  He accepted the head basketball coaching job at Northview High School in Dothan while also serving as offensive line coach for the 1981 State Champion Cougars. Coach Cleveland moved to Prattville High School and served on the Lion football staff that won the 1984 State Championship. He made his way to the Gulf Coast when he accepted a position at Robertsdale High School as the head baseball and assistant football coach. His Bear baseball squad reached the semifinal round in the playoffs. Coach Cleveland’s next position was as athletic director and head football coach at Fairhope High School.  His final public school coaching stint was at Daphne High School where he coached the offensive line and coached in four Super Six State championship games. 

Coach Cleveland hosts The Prep Sports Report on radio station FM Talk 106.5 in Mobile, Alabama, covering prep sports all over the southeast on Saturday mornings 8-10 a.m.

Coach Cleveland resides in Daphne. He has two children: Clay and Catie. He is the proud grandfather of Taylor and Turner who reside in Atlanta.


The 2017 UMS-Wright boys tennis team finished the season with a disappointing 3rd place finish in the 4A-SA state tournament. Our Boys finished as the highest ranked 4A school but were behind two 5A schools in the tournament. We finished the season with a 16-7 season record and again were Sectional champions defeating arch rival St. Paul to win sectionals. Patrick McGowin was our only State Champion winning the number 3 position at the state tournament. Giddens Ford in his first year of varsity competition finished as runner-up at number 6 singles; he and Trey Fowler, another Bulldog in his first year of varsity competition, were runner­sup at number 3 doubles.  The Bulldogs lose three Seniors to graduation, Pete vanLingen, Patrick McGowin and Will McGowin. Returners Patrick Kraver and  Bruno Anez along with Ford and Fowler will anchor the 2018 Bulldog netters.




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