College Tennis Operating Budget

budgetI’ve written and discussed the differences between the “haves” and the “have-nots” in college tennis quite a bit over the past several months. My reason for doing so is two-fold:

  1. I think it’s important for junior players and their families to have an understanding of what to expect in terms of facilities, equipment, support, travel, etc. when they visit and commit to a college tennis program; and
  2. I think it’s important as a community that we understand why some programs have all the latest bells and whistles while others don’t even have crack-free courts or scoreboards.

So, in keeping with this topic, I found it extremely interesting to look at Darryl Cummings‘s chart listing the operating budget of hundreds of college tennis programs across all divisions. These numbers are from 2014, so they are a bit dated, but I suspect things haven’t changed all that much in three years.

University of South Carolina in the SEC has the largest overall budget at $1,244,834.00 on the men’s side and $1,422,750.00 on the women’s side. That’s a far cry from the $2841.00 budget at Ulster County Community College and even top D3 contender Emory University at $449,836.00!

The CEO of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Tim Russell, is my guest on next week’s podcast, and we talk about this issue in addition to many others. I hope you’ll tune in starting Tuesday at 11amET – you can find the ParentingAces podcast on iTunes, the Podcast App, Stitcher, and on this website as well.

Please click on the link below, take a look at the numbers, and share your thoughts in the Comments area below.

2014 College Tennis Operating Budgets


3 Comments on “College Tennis Operating Budget”

  1. During my daughter’s recruiting process I was chatting with an SEC coach and I said, “Why do you suppose X isn’t better in tennis? They seem to have so much going for them.” I was alluding to a good academic reputation and great climate for tennis. His reply was, “Yes, they have a lot going for them but they don’t have the financial resources.”

  2. Do you know if it varies school to school what is reported under the operating budget? Is it consistent, or do Salaries, CAM, and travel fall differently? Looking at the numbers I am not sure I even know how some D-1’s operate a team? It looks scary for schools not supported through donations. Certainly there might be marketing opportunities, but what are they going to support?

    Awesome you have Tim Russell for an interview:

    I think a good question for TR would be how the ITA can help engage more tennis alumni to stay involved with their programs and give back. Seems like many student athletes leave tennis after college (think all levels, and the 130 years of student athletes that have played) and never think twice about it or give back to their schools. Athletics is driven on philanthropy, and even small donations make a big difference.

    I would also like to hear about what steps the ITA is taking to bring more programs back from schools that have discontinued and still discontinue tennis programs

    On a different topic, I would like to hear his thoughts on the overwhelming presence of foreign players in college tennis and if this is even a concern. This question is not to debate their worth, I believe they are a big part of college tennis. But they are the majority, and American Jr. tennis is unable to keep up or supply American student athletes with opportunities. I think the ITA should highlight and capitalize on American players for Jr’s to aspire to. Also, I have read of the rejection of abbreviated scoring by many coaches across genders and I would like to hear how he feels this is improving the college game longterm, and if it is a battle worth winning; and then finally his thoughts on the role of the Lake Nona facility relative to college tennis

    1. Thank you for your comment! Tim Russell and I pre-recorded our podcast already, but, rest assured, we addressed all of your concerns! Be sure to tune in starting Tuesday at 11amET!

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