Indiana State announces suspension of men's and women's tennis programs

May 15, 2009

Due to budget reduction measures occurring throughout the university, Indiana State has announced the indefinite suspension of its men’s and women’s tennis programs, effective immediately.

“This was a very difficult and much discussed decision,” Ron Prettyman, Indiana State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics said. “I want to thank our tennis student-athletes, coach Malik Tabet, and coach Martha Montoya for their efforts and dedication to Sycamore Athletics and Indiana State University. We wish them well as they pursue other opportunities.”

“This decision was a budgetary decision that yielded the necessary budget cuts that are proportionate to reductions being incurred by other areas of the University,” Prettyman continued. “It allows for maintenance of operations budgets in other sponsored sports which is critical to our future success. We reviewed several options before reaching this conclusion.”

With the suspension of the men’s and women’s tennis programs, Indiana State now offers 14 intercollegiate varsity sport programs —six for men and eight for women.

All student athletes who have remaining eligibility will be granted immediate eligibility for competition if they choose to transfer to other schools.

ISU will honor all scholarships as agreed to for the 2009-10 academic year for tennis student-athletes wishing to continue their studies and complete their undergraduate education at Indiana State. The Athletics Department staff is committed to assisting student-athletes with decision-making and transitions to other universities.

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