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University of Dallas Announces Plan to Launch New Tennis Program

Irving, TX (05/05/22) – The University of Dallas announced plans to launch a men’s and women’s tennis program in the fall of 2022 as part of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level. 

“We are excited about offering tennis to our current and incoming students to compete in tennis at the collegiate level,” said Executive Vice President John Plotts, Ed.D., who oversees the university’s athletics programs. He added that recruiting a head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams will begin immediately with the goal of starting the program in August, the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year. The university is also evaluating nearby off-campus tennis facilities that can host the program.

UD Athletics Director Jarred Samples, BA ’01, said he believes the program will appeal to both new and incoming students, noting that the program had enjoyed a long life at the university from 1974-2005.

“It’s still a popular sport and one that I believe will attract student-athletes seeking to play at the collegiate level and pursue the rigorous liberal arts education UD provides,” said Samples.

About University of Dallas Athletics

The University of Dallas maintains 13 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III level teams in basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, cross country, golf, track and field, and women’s volleyball as part of the SCAC. Learn more at UDAthletics.com.

About the University of Dallas

Located in one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the U.S., the University of Dallas is a nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts university with campuses in Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy. Known for the academic rigor of its undergraduate Core Curriculum, rooted in the great works of Western civilization and Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of Dallas also offers flexible graduate degrees in business, liberal arts and ministry, all taught by exceptional faculty who are dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth and virtue. For more information, visit udallas.edu.

In the photo: Joe Frank, BA '01, playing tennis for UD in 1998.

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