Taylor Announces Restructuring Within Athletics Department
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue its men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s lacrosse programs at the conclusion of their 2020 spring seasons. In an additional move, competitive cheer will be added as a varsity sport, starting in the fall of 2020.
The decisions followed an extensive internal review by Taylor University leadership and were announced as part of larger university-wide restructuring efforts designed to create a more sustainable financial model among all areas of campus, including Taylor Athletics.
“These decisions are part of a campus-wide process of focusing on stewarding available resources as a component of a multi-year effort to ensure a positive margin in the overall university budget,” stated Taylor University Interim President Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham. “They do not represent a lessening of our commitment to providing high quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics. We are committed to working with the impacted players and staff to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.”
TU Athletics Director Kyle Gould echoed that statement by saying, “After a thorough process and much thought and prayerful consideration, we have arrived at the difficult conclusion that these changes are the best way to meet the stated University goals and ensure our student-athletes the best experience and opportunity to compete. We fully understand and appreciate these decisions will be disappointing to the student-athletes, coaches and alums of these programs. We will provide as much support as possible to those coaches and student-athletes who are impacted by these decisions.”
Student-athletes from the impacted programs will have their scholarships honored by Taylor for the duration of their time on campus and any affected student-athlete will be allowed to transfer immediately and without restriction.