Oklahoma State head men’s tennis coach James Wadley announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2012 season.

“It has been a pleasure working with OSU athletes, administrators, staff and coaches for the last 39-plus years,” Wadley said. “I will take with me many fond memories from the nearly 1,000 matches that I have coached. Just to be in the same athletic department with the great coaches that I have had the privilege to know and admire will always be the highlight of my career.”

Wadley, in his 40th year at the helm of the Cowboy tennis program, is the longest tenured coach in Oklahoma State athletics history.

He has won more than 650 duals in his career to rank in the top five among all active coaches. After winning last week’s season opener, his record stands at 658-320.

In his 39 seasons in Stillwater, Wadley has made 17 NCAA tournament appearances and won 12 conference titles. Individually, he has been equally successful with 108 Cowboys earning all-conference honors and nine garnering All-America status.

He has been named the regional coach of the year and a national finalist for coach of the year on 11 occasions and has been honored as the conference coach of the year 13 times.

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