Bill Roach is a tennis pro who graduated from Beatrice High School in 1973.
At the University of Nebraska-Kearney, he was conference singles champion both years he competed and reached the national quarterfinals his junior year, the highest achievement by a Loper tennis player. He was inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Roach continued his tennis career after college. He was the No. 1 ranked open player in Nebraska for five years, and has been among the top players nationally for a number of years.
A long term goal for Bill was to be a part of the four-man Austria Cup team, the senior version of the Davis Cup. In April, 2009, Roach joined the US team in Majorca, Spain to play in the Austria Cup.
Roach won the championship point in the tie-breaker of the second set, sealing 20 years of early morning workouts, competition against quality younger players, developing mental toughness, and scrapping for first place.
A fellow pro player, Phil Landauer, had this to say about Roach, "If you're talking about a guy you'd want in the foxhole with you when you need someone to step up to the plate, it's be Bill."