PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Citing a failure to meet sports sponsorship requirements, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced the elimination of its Men’s Tennis program.
One of the results is funneling the tennis money to create a Womens Golf team that will begin competition this fall.
“I know that this loss will be difficult for the athletes and coach, and this is not a decision that was reached lightly,” UMES Athletic Director Keith Davidson said. “But, not meeting sports sponsorship can jeopardizes the Department of Athletics’ Division I status.”
Head Coach Walter Woods and the men’s tennis program’s remaining athletes were informed of the decision prior to the announcement. The Hawks will still field a women’s tennis team for the 2017 season and Woods remains the coach of that squad. “The Network,” a tennis fundraising program, has been started to help support and enhance the women’s tennis program with hopes that enough funds will also be raised so that men’s tennis can one day return. The men’s tennis program has had a record of 12-138 (4-64 MEAC) from to 2004-05 to 2014-15.
(UMES Sports Information contributed to this post)