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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Taylor University returns to the tennis courts

Men’s and women’s teams rejoin the Trojans

After a five-year absence, Taylor University will, once again, be adding tennis to its varsity athletic programs.

The men’s and women’s tennis teams were put on hiatus after internal restructuring during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the return of the legacy sport will bring the purple and gray its 19th and 20th athletic teams.

Athletic tennis spans both the fall and spring semesters and was last coached by a faculty emeritus at Taylor, Don Taylor.

Kyle Gould, the athletic director for the Trojans, said in a press release, “We have a strong history of competitive success and life-changing development in both programs and we look forward to hiring the right coach to lead these programs back, starting in the fall of 2025."

TU is searching for a new head coach for the program and is looking to return to the hardcourt in the fall of the 2025-26 academic year.

Taylor tennis will rejoin the other nine schools that make up the Crossroads League. The men’s side will have aspirations of upsetting the back-to-back champions, the No. 17 Grace Lancers, to win their first conference championship since the 2007-08 season. Meanwhile, the women’s side will look to dethrone No. 18 Indiana Wesleyan’s dynasty that has won 19 consecutive tournament championships and the last nine league championships.