EDWARDSVILLE — SIU-Edwardsville will cut men's tennis and women's golf at the end of the school year and continue with 16 Division I sports.
The decision, which is partly based on the state's ongoing budget impasse, impacts eight men's tennis players and eight women's golfers, who will be offered their current financial aid through their senior years if they choose to continue their academic careers at SIUE, according to Cougars athletic director Brad Hewitt. Men's tennis coach Jason Coomer will continue as senior associate director of athletics at the school, and director of golf Derrick Brown will continue as men's golf coach.
"This is one of the most difficult decisions that we have ever made as a department, because it impacts the lives of current student-athletes,” Hewitt said. "However, it became readily apparent that with the declining state appropriation and the university’s defined approach to managing that budget issue, we would not be able to continue to fund and support 18 sport programs at a level that is consistent with this department’s culture."
The SIUE men’s tennis program won seven consecutive NCAA Division II championships between 1978-84. The women's golf program began in 1998 and has had two Ohio Valley Conference all-conference selections.
-- Cougar Media Services