The IU Tennis Center is an indoor tennis membership facility serving students, faculty and staff at Indiana University, the IU Men & Women’s Varsity tennis teams, and the surrounding Bloomington community. The IUTC promotes the positive health, cultural, physical, mental, and social benefits of tennis through programs such as Instructional Clinics and Cardio Tennis.
The IUTC a thriving auxiliary of the School of Public Health-Bloomington housed within the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies.
The IUTC is the only eight court indoor tennis facility within a 50 mile radius. Currently, there are over 1,300 active members of which 33% are juniors (18 or under); 29% are public (non-IU affiliated); 24% are IU faculty/staff; and 15% are IU students.
The IUTC complex is home to USPTA Master Pro/2009 Midwest Pro of the Year/Tennis Hall of Famer coach Mike O’Connell, the history-making Division-I Women’s Tennis winningest coach Lin Loring, and the 2009 Big Ten Singles Champion under the leadership of coach Randy Bloemendaal.
The IUTC facility opened its doors in December 1984 and was constructed by a private entrepreneur for profit on University property. The original name of the facility was Campus Tennis Corporation. In the spring of 1985, the Division of Recreational Sports was asked to assist the private owner with the management of the facility. In 1986, private management and ownership filed bankruptcy and closed. In 1987, the Indiana University purchased the facility from Monroe County Bank and the Division of Recreational Sports was asked to manage the facility and report to an independent advisory board. The facility was then renamed the IU Tennis Pavilion. In 1991, the Division of Recreational Sports reorganized its key staff and the Tennis Pavilion reported directly to the Dean in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Due to the construction of the Mellencamp Pavilion in 1997, the University administrators considered it best not to have two “Pavilions” in close proximity of one another, so the Tennis Pavilion was then renamed the IU Tennis Center. Administrative staffing was again reorganized in 2006 and the IUTC now reports to the Chair in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies.