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College athletics: TMC cuts 1, adds another

School announces it will no longer field women’s tennis; will add women’s indoor track and field

Posted: July 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College athletics department has decided to make changes to its program offerings heading into the 2012-13 school year.

The Mustangs have eliminated their women’s tennis program, opting instead to field a women’s indoor track and field team for the first time in school history, according to TMC athletic director Steve Waldeck.

The indoor track season will officially being in December.

“We really needed to evaluate what we were doing in all of our programs and how we could be most efficient,” Waldeck said. “We looked at every program and said, ‘How can we invest in our programs for success?’ We felt this was the most efficient move we could make.”

The tennis program, which began in 2004, had a rough year last season, going just 4-15 overall and 4-12 in its last season in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Waldeck, though, was adamant that the on-court performance of the team had no bearing on the decision to eliminate the program.

“It did not start with the success of the program,” he said. “That was not a determining factor at all.”

The women’s indoor track program will begin this winter with athletes from its outdoor track and field and cross country teams.

Current cross country and track and field head track coach Zach Schroeder will take over the newly formed program.

While characterized as indoor track and field, the events are generally held outdoors throughout Southern California with the main difference between indoor and outdoor track and field being the type of events and distances run, said Waldeck, who mentioned TMC will follow the model of running indoor events on its outdoor track.

Tennis athletes currently under scholarship will have their full scholarships honored, according to Waldeck, and athletes wishing to transfer will be given full athletic releases.

The move affects four returning athletes and one incoming freshman, though Waldeck said none of the five have informed the school of intention to transfer.

The incoming freshman will also have her scholarship honored for the duration of her time at the college.

According to Waldeck, while disappointed, the team took the news well.

“Head coach (Alan) Harvey was very gracious when we talked to him about it. He’s such a great individual. He understood.”

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