The Bethany College Department of Athletics broke ground on a new tennis facility on Friday, November 16. The Dr. Emory Lindquist Tennis Complex is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019.
The Bethany College tennis program has a long standing tradition of excellence. The program began in the early 1900s and the men’s and women’s teams now compete across the Midwest and Great Plains in tournaments and dual meets. The teams play opponents ranging from NCAA Division I institutions to junior colleges.
“Bethany has a longstanding tradition of success in women’s and men’s tennis,” said Dane Pavlovich, Director of Athletics. “Because of the support of our alumni, friends, and supporters, our future teams will have a facility that will allow us to continue to attract high quality student-athletes to experience everything Bethany has to offer. I look forward to witnessing the impact this new complex has for future generations of Swede tennis players and alumni.”
The Swedes men’s tennis team has won more conference titles than all KCAC institutions combined and the women’s team has won the KCAC conference title five times since 2004 as well has nine KCAC championships overall. The Bethany men’s tennis team won KCAC titles from 1964-1989; overall, the men’s team has won 51 regular season conference championships. Since 2000, when the NAIA’s team format began, Bethany has made 14 men’s NAIA National Tournament appearances and four women’s NAIA National Tournament appearances.
The new tennis complex will be on the north side of Bethany’s campus, replacing the four tennis courts and two racquetball courts that were there previously.
The complex will feature:
- Six Courts
- Wind Screens with Bethany Athletics’ Logo
- Covered Spectator Seating
- Lights for all courts
- Picnic Tables
- Bethany Athletics’ logo placement in between courts
- Entrance Pavilion
- Capability for Video Streaming
The facility is named after Dr. Emory Lindquist ’30. Dr. Lindquist returned to Bethany to serve at the college’s president from 1943-53. He was knighted by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Lindquist’s daughter, Beth Lindquist was on campus to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new facility named in her father’s honor.
Beth Lindquist along with John Bellah, Bill Gusenius, Dennis Houghton, Ross Tidemann, Jim Altenborg, Dane Pavlovich, and William Jones were those selected to participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking.