Investigation Results in Leadership Changes at U of L

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Following an investigation into the University of Louisville tennis program lead by coach Rex Ecarma, U of L athletics director Vince Tyra told WRDB a change in leadership was in order.

In a news release, Tyra explained, “U of L has exercised the 10-day notice provision in Ecarma’s agreement to terminate his services without cause, effective Aug. 26.”

He went on to say, “We have been clear about our roles and expectations in providing our student-athletes an outstanding experience while a part of our program. The conclusion of an independent investigation into our men’s tennis program determined otherwise. 

“We will turn our attention to landing another outstanding person and coach, along the lines of recent hires, in order to develop terrific people while competing for championships.”

Former coach Ecarma will be compensated through the end of his contract in 2023. In the meantime, assistant coach Jakob Gustafsson will serve as interim coach. 

For his part, Ecarma told the press that he has not been presented with any allegations.

“Mid-inquiry, the university publicly stated there were no NCAA, criminal or Title IX violations but told me little else,” Ecarma said. “At no time did any player, assistant coach, student, fan or anyone make a complaint to me. I cooperated fully in the inquiry.”

He went on to say, “I have always maintained the highest and most rigorous standards for myself. I care deeply for the players I’ve had the honor of coaching and mentoring. I want to publicly express my appreciation to the many former players, friends, and fans of the program who have expressed their support.”

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