Costa Mesa, CA, March 2, 2015 – Vanguard University has announced the discontinuation of the tennis program, which includes men’s and women’s tennis, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year.
“We are immensely grateful for the leadership of coach Mattias Johansson, since he started in 1996, and lead the teams to various NAIA Championships,” stated long-time athletic director, Bob Wilson. “Mattias has not only coached athletes into rankings of Athlete of the Year, but he has managed 85 All-American and NAIA Scholar-Athletes, almost 40 All-GSAC players, 15 All-Region players, and over 15 players with awards for their stellar play in NAIA Championships.”
All tennis student athletes who had eligibility remaining will be granted the same amount of athletic financial aid through the spring 2015 academic semester. All other institutional aid, including academic, institutional need-based funds and loans, will continue to be honored as long as student athletes submit their FAFSA by March 2, 2015, and continue to meet the criteria established for that aid. Student athletes will be asked to meet with financial aid to determine their financial aid package beyond the spring 2015 semester.
“The highly competitive athletic program at Vanguard University is continually committed to excellence in academics and holistic growth, both on and off the field,” said Vanguard University provost and vice president of academic affairs, Doretha O’Quinn. “We know this mission will persist, even as the decision has been made to remove tennis from the Vanguard University athletic program.”
Student athletes who wish to continue their tennis career at other collegiate programs will receive full support and assistance of the Vanguard athletics staff in their transfer.
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