PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The Lake Erie College Department of Athletics announced today that it will discontinue its men's and women's tennis programs following the 2013-14 academic year. The college had sponsored both sports since the 2009-10 academic year following a lengthy hiatus. Lake Erie now offers 21 Division II varsity sports, with all but men's lacrosse (Eastern College Athletic Conference) competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"After much effort to generate and maintain interest in building sustainable tennis programs, our institution came to the difficult conclusion that change was necessary," Lake Erie Director of Athletics Reid Guarnieri said.
Lake Erie will honor the existing scholarship agreements with its student-athletes through the remainder of their four-year eligibility, respectively. "We sincerely thank these student-athletes who have competed for LEC and we will do whatever we can to ease their transition. All along we have highly valued these individuals as students and members of our campus community first and that theme shall continue," Guarnieri said.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, boasts a uniquely expansive athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size and newness to NCAA Division II. In just five years of Division II existence, Storm Athletics have produced an individual national champion, two individual national runners-up, and 34 All-Americans while achieving Top 25 national rankings in the sports of men's lacrosse, men's swimming, men's indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling. During the 2013-14 academic year, the program also vaulted to an all-time high 60th place in the Learfield Directors' Cup Standings. Through this year's fall and winter sport seasons, 119 student-athletes have received All-GLIAC academic awards.
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