MATC to Add Men's and Women's Tennis Teams

Ginny Gnadt, Public Relations Coordinator

July 18, 2017

Nathaniel K. Lynn, executive director

(l to r) Nathaniel K. Lynn, executive director, Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, Inc.; Fred Ewing with grandaughter and incoming student Jakeira Isaac; and Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president.

Milwaukee Area Technical College announced in a news conference June 1 that the college will add men’s and women’s tennis teams. They will begin competition with the 2018-2019 academic year.

The teams will participate on the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III level and will be independent. The women’s team will compete in the fall; the men’s team will compete in the spring. The teams will play home matches at Marquette University’s Helfaer Tennis Stadium and Recreation Center.

MATC President Dr. Vicki J. Martin said, "We are excited to add men's and women's tennis programs to the athletic offerings for our students. The staff of our athletic department is committed to teaching the fundamental value that hard work and persistence lead to success on the court, in the classroom and throughout their lives. We look forward to partnering with area high schools, tennis clubs and the Hurivs/ADAMM Education Foundation to build successful programs."

Chas Mulcahy, president, Milwaukee Tennis Classic

(l to r) Chas Mulcahy, president, Milwaukee Tennis Classic; Dr. Vicki J. Martin, MATC president; Fred Ewing with incoming student and grandaughterJakeira Issac; and Nathaniel K. Lynn, executive director, Al Hurvis/ADAMM Education Foundation, Inc.

Jakeira Isaac, graduate of Rufus King High School and a mentee of Hurvis/ADAMM, who also attended the news conference, plans to be one of the first students participating in MATC’s new tennis programs. Isaac said she will start at MATC in fall 2017 and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She has applied for the MATC Promise, which pays tuition and fees after federal and state financial aid is applied for eligible high school students enrolling at the college. “I feel at home on the court and have appreciated what my coaches have done for me. And I'm looking forward to free college."

Dan Johnson, director of communications and marketing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), who participated in the news conference said, "The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is honored to be here today to recognize the launch of MATC's women's and men's tennis programs. The ITA is encouraged to see more two-year colleges, like MATC, expand their offerings to include tennis as a way to recruit students who are both serious about tennis and focused on their career path."

MATC offers seven additional teams that compete in the North Central Community College Conference (N4C).