Edgewood College to add men’s tennis as a Varsity sportCourtesy: Edgewood Athletics
MADISON, Wis. - After a 10-year hiatus, Edgewood College is proud to announce that men’s tennis will return as a Varsity sport for the 2010-11 academic year. The addition of men’s tennis brings Edgewood College’s athletic program to 17 sports on the NCAA Division III level. This is the first sport Edgewood College has added since men’s and women’s track made their debut in 2006.
Edgewood College discontinued men’s tennis following the 2000 season, due to a lack of interested student-athletes, but athletic director Al Brisack feels the time is right to bring the sport back. “We have such a strong history in women’s tennis, it seems only natural that we can extend that tradition into men’s tennis,” said Brisack. “There are so many quality players and quality high school programs in Wisconsin and our neighboring states, that we are confident we can build a competitive program quickly.”
From 1988-2000, Edgewood College sponsored a men’s tennis program. The Eagles won seven individual singles titles and two doubles titles in the Lake Michigan Conference. Their highest team finish was a second place result in the 1996 season. The Eagles finished with a all-time best 5-4 dual match record, including a 3-1 mark in conference play that season.
The Eagles, who compete in the Northern Athletics Conference, will be the 10th NAC member institution to sponsor the sport. Concordia University Wisconsin has won each of the three NAC titles contested since the formation of the league in 2006-07.
The ITA and USTA have joined forces to preserve and promote varsity college tennis at all levels and to encourage institutions to sponsor varsity college tennis. This effort has led to numerous varsity men's and women's tennis programs that have been established in the past five to six years among all of the divisional levels.
The main vehicle to achieve this critical mission has been the USTA/ITA Advocacy Network, which is comprised of more than 2,500 individuals throughout the country, all of whom are devoted to varsity college tennis. The ITA website (www.itatennis.com) contains valuable information regarding building tennis programs, advocacy and community outreach.