Resolution to Eliminate Men’s and Women’s Tennis as Intercollegiate Sports at Winthrop University


WHEREAS, Winthrop University has a proud tradition of competing in Division I men’s and women’s tennis, including 20 regular season Big South titles and 21 Conference championships; the most of any school in the Big South Conference; and

WHEREAS, under the direction of Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame coach Cid Carvalho, Winthrop’s tennis teams achieved more than 730 wins and 24 NCAA tournament appearances; and

WHEREAS, the Winthrop family will always remember the 1993 men's tennis team who were involved in a tragic highway accident in Hattiesburg, Mississippi that claimed the life of Bruno Torok and severely disabled Eckert Dietz; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Board recognize their fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the University's budget strikes a balance between actual resources and commitments; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to add or remove any intercollegiate sports for Winthrop University; and

WHEREAS, the decision to end tennis at Winthrop University has been difficult but necessary to ensure the long-term financial health of the Athletics division as a combination of budgetary constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the diminishing funding from a collection of sources;

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of Winthrop University that both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs be discontinuedimmediately as intercollegiate scholarship sports at Winthrop University with currently enrolled student athletes retaining their scholarships through the completion of their fourth academic year if they remain at Winthrop.


APPROVED, this 19th day of June, 2020.