ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced Tuesday the addition of a men’s tennis program, which will begin competition during the 2020-21 season in line with the institution’s move to NCAA Division I status and joining the Western Athletic Conference. With the addition of men’s tennis, DSU will now sponsor 16 intercollegiate athletic programs.
“We are very excited to be able to add men’s tennis to our offerings,” Boothe said. “We feel this sport can be very successful here and provides some exciting opportunities for men looking to play at a high level, get a great education and go to school in a fantastic environment with fantastic facilities.”
Dixie State will represent the seventh men’s tennis program competing in the WAC and will join Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, UM Kansas City, Chicago State, UT Rio Grande Valley and Seattle as competing members in men’s tennis.
Current DSU women’s tennis head coach, Eric Pelton, will also serve as head coach for the men’s team. Pelton noted there has always been a strong interest in fielding a men’s team at Dixie State, and that the addition will be met with great excitement in the tennis community.
“This is great news, and I am extremely excited for the addition of a men's tennis team at Dixie State,” Pelton said. “There has always been a lot of interest in the possibility of a men's team here. I know there will be a lot of excitement locally as we get the program going.”Comment on this story
The addition of men’s tennis comes at a time of great momentum for Trailblazer Tennis, on the heels of an RMAC tournament title to cap the best season in program history for the women’s team, and the completion of the new Trailblazer Tennis Courts, featuring six top-of-the-line tennis courts.
“Men’s tennis will be a great addition and support to the strong women's program we now have,” Pelton said. "I look forward to the bright future both teams will have as we move to the Division I level and join the WAC.”
The men’s tennis team will officially begin competition in the fall of 2020, with its conference schedule beginning in the spring of 2021.