Jerry Simmons Selected
To Louisiana Tennis Hall Of Fame
April 26, 2014
Jerry Simmons was inducted into The Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame at a reception and dinner hosted by the Louisiana Tennis Patrons Foundation at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Ron Holmberg, Chairman of the Patron’s Foundation introduced the 2014 inductees, Peggy Moore Andry of New Orleans and former LSU Men’s Tennis coach Jerry Simmons.
Jerry Simmons is LSU’s all-time winningest Men’s Tennis coach, recording a 278-105 mark and guiding his team to 13 top-10 finishes during his tenure at LSU from 1983-1997. He also coached at University of Louisiana- Lafayette for 11 years, accumulating a total of 492 wins and only 197 losses.
Jerry’s best season as coach may have been 1988, when he coached the Tigers to a second place NCAA finish while compiling a 27-2 overall record. He was named NCAA National Coach of the Year, SEC Coach of the Year, and Louisiana coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching numerous all-Americans and All-SEC players, Jerry coached native New Orleanian Donni Leaycraft to the 1989 NCAA Singles Championship. Jerry’s Tiger players also captured two collegiate Grand slam titles.
Among his other accomplishments, Jerry created the USTA/ITF junior circuit and introduced corporate sponsorships to college tennis. Simmons earned entry into the ITA College Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998, and at age 52, he was the youngest coach to ever receive the honor. The former LSU coach is one of only three living SEC coaches to earn the honor along with Dan Magill and Michael DePalmer.
The Louisiana Tennis Patrons Foundation is the governing body for the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame. The Louisiana Tennis Patrons Foundation’s purpose is to promote the instruction, development and the playing of tennis.
Source: Louisiana Tennis Association Website