Delaware Valley College latest to add collegiate tennis programs
November 1, 2013
Delaware Valley College recently announced it will add both men’s and women’s college tennis to its 2014-2015 athletic offerings, and also named its first-ever coach, Darcy Rabenda, to lead the new tennis teams.
Based in Doylestown, PA, the Division III tennis programs will launch during the 2014-2015 school year.
The new programs are among a number of varsity tennis programs which have been successfully added in recent years, in part due to the energetic efforts made by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to preserve and promote varsity college tennis at all levels and to encourage institutions to sponsor varsity college tennis.
In the past five years, more than 70 new programs have been added across all divisional levels: 12 at Division I, 16 at Division II, 10 at Division III, 19 at NAIA and 10 at JuCo.
In addition, four other programs, including Delaware Valley College, will start during the 2014-2015 academic year.
“We are very pleased with the decision of Delaware Valley College to add men’s and women’s varsity tennis,” said David Benjamin, Executive Director of the ITA. “The addition of so many new programs serves as a positive indication of the growing health of collegiate tennis. We are optimistic that many more varsity tennis programs will be added over the years ahead.”
The main vehicle used in the joint efforts of the ITA and USTA is the ITA/USTA Advocacy Network, which is comprised of more than 2,500 individuals throughout the country. This network was formed in 2002 and is dedicated to the support and enhancement of collegiate varsity tennis.
The Advocacy Network also works to help save varsity college programs in danger of being dropped, and a number have been saved in recent years.
Any college tennis fans wanting to join the Advocacy Network or learn more are invited to visit the Advocacy section of the ITA website: http://www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/Advocacy.htm.