Oklahoma Christian to discontinue tennis programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 27, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian University will no longer sponsor intercollegiate men’s and women’s tennis programs, starting with the 2013-14 academic year, OC President John deSteiguer said Wednesday.

The decision to discontinue the tennis programs came after a campus-wide review of athletic and academic programs, during which campus leaders sought to determine which programs best fit the university’s mission going forward.

The Eagles won NAIA titles in 2003 and 2012, while the Lady Eagles finished third in the NAIA last year.

Recent disciplinary issues within the programs have resulted in player suspensions that will prevent the Eagles and Lady Eagles from finishing their respective 2013 seasons, deSteiguer said. The suspensions that ended the teams’ current seasons were unrelated to the decision to discontinue the programs, he said.

The university will honor the scholarships for those players who choose to stay at OC and are in good standing, deSteiguer said. OC also will assist current players who wish to transfer in locating potential opportunities to do so.

The decision to drop the tennis programs will not affect OC’s ongoing transition into NCAA membership. The university, which fields 14 other intercollegiate teams, is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process.