IPFW will discontinue its men’s and women’s tennis programs at the end of the season, in order to save $450,000 for other university programs.
"Discontinuing an intercollegiate sport is disappointing," vice-chancellor for financial and administrative affairs David Wesse said in a press release sent out 9 p.m. Saturday night. "The most important step now is to assist these young men and women as they complete their education and finish their tennis careers."
Nine men and nine women, along with two coaching positions, will be affected. Scholarships will be honored for the remainder of the players' athletic eligibility and IPFW said it will provide assistance for those interested in transferring to another school. NCAA rules allow students who transfer because their programs were eliminated to immediately compete at another school.
"We are extremely thankful for the many academic and athletic achievements of these student-athletes and coaches. We will work to ensure a successful transition for them into the next phase of their lives here or at another institution," athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton said.
The men’s program dates to 1973 and the women’s to 1976. Both became Division I teams in 2001.
The decision to eliminate tennis came after a recommendation by a national consulting group and is part of IPFW’s desire to align resources with strategic priorities and achieve the highest level of success for the broadest number of students. Through an institution-wide review process, IPFW has already reallocated over $1 million within academic programs.