Todd Wells has recently announced his resignation as the head coach of the New Richmond varsity tennis team. He is regarded by many who follow the Clermont County prep tennis scene as the most successful in the county’s history. He was the head coach at his alma mater for 13 years.
“I want to watch my daughter (three-year old Madeline Grace) grow and also spend more time with my family,” he said. His wife, Anita, is a New Richmond graduate, too.
Wells graduated from NRHS in 1989 where he competed in soccer and track. An automobile accident that caused compound multiple fractures brought an end to his athletic career as a competitor.
He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1994 with a degree in athletic training and sports management.
"I enjoy working with the student-athletes," Wells said. "I try to show them that there is more to life than just winning in sports."
In his 13 years as the head of the Lions' varsity tennis program he has compiled an enviable overall record of 148 wins and 50 losses and 124-23 in the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC). His charges have captured seven SBC championships and were runners-up five years. Nine times he was chosen by his fellow mentors as the SBC coach of the year. A total of 10 of his doubles teams qualified for district competition and this includes three sectional champions. One of Wells' doubles squads qualified for the state championship tournament.
Two events stand out in Well's mind as the most memorable of his coaching career - having the doubles team of Robbie Abbott and Adam Moler qualifying for the state tournament (2001) and Bobby Wells qualifying for the state wrestling tournament.
He also recognized some of the "inspirations and mentors" in his life.
"Bob Paine was a former New Richmond athletic director who gave me my start. . . Shannon Graves was a graduate here and a former coach and my best friend. His motivation and leadership helped create me."
Pat Hill, New Richmond High School athletic director, said, "Todd was not only the athletic trainer, but was also the kids' friend. He was a coach for all teams. He leaves us with what will be a tremendous hole for us to fill."
His skills as an athletic trainer are not only recognized in Clermont County, but throughout a much larger area. He has been sought and has served as a trainer on the sectional, regional, district, and state tournament levels.
"I'm going to miss all my New Richmond coaches and some of the tennis coaches I coached against in the SBC like Tom Ball (Western Brown), Ralph Adams (Felicity), and Don Sizer," said Wells. "I'm going to miss the interaction with the athletes from New Richmond and the other schools, too."