After a comprehensive strategic assesment conducted over the past six months, South Carolina State Athletics has announced plans to reinstate its women's tennis program.
The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Stacey Danley.
“While the process was grueling, it allowed us the time needed to evaluate every aspect of our athletic program. I've decided to reinstate the women's tennis program effective immediately,” said Danley.
The program was eliminated prior to Danley's arrival in April, 2017.
“I am excited about Head Coach Hardeep Judge’s ability as a recruiter and I am confident we will compete at the highest level again this season. Based on the historic success of the women’s tennis program, this was a straightforward decision that I was eager to make,” Danley said.
Danley also revealed that head football coach Buddy Pugh has been given a one year contract extension.
“I believe this decision is best for the overall athletics program as we begin to focus on transitioning and move into rebuilding mode,” stated Danley. “The nucleus of that rebuilding is our football program. Coach Pough holds the record as the second winningest coach in school history, (STATS). His winning tradition, extensive relationships throughout the state as well as his familiarity of the program and the MEAC Conference all played a role in helping form the decision. Coach Pough has agreed to be part of the rebuilding process and the University is looking forward to his input and expertise in securing his replacement.”