Jerry Simmons (tennis)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

For the football player of the same name see Jerry Simmons (American football).


In 1998, at 51 years of age, Jerry Simmons, known simply as "Coach Simmons," is the youngest coach ever inducted into the ITA College Tennis Hall of Fame. Coach Simmons was born in 1946, in St. Paul, Minnesota. When Coach Simmons was 5 years of age, his family moved to Amarillo, TX. Coach Simmons' parents are Dorothy B. Simmons and Earl W. Simmons, and he has a brother, Dr. Wayne Simmons, DDS.

COACHING RECORD (1971 - 1997)

Overall Coaching Record: 492 - 197 26 Years
Record at U. Louisiana 214 - 92 11 Years 1971-1982
Record at LSU 278 - 105 15 Years 1982 - 1997
NCAA Finals 1988
NCAA Final Four 1988
NCAA Final Eight 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
NCAA Final Sixteen 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997

Coach Simmons had 13 NCAA Top Ten finishes in 15-years as LSU Head Men's Tennis Coach. LSU is one of only 5 teams (LSU, Georgia, Stanford, USC, and UCLA) to accomplish this.

12 ITA National Indoor Champs. Final 1988; Final Eight 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993; Final Sixteen 1984, 1986, 1994, 1997.

Coaching Record is from began his career in 1974, as the United States Junior Davis Cup Coach. is the former head men’s tennis coach at Louisiana State University. Simmons succeeded Steve Strome in 1983 and recorded an overall record of 278-105 in 15 seasons as head coach of the Tigers. His teams played in 13 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Final 8 in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, and 1993. His Tigers were NCAA Runner-Up in 1988 and finished the season 27-2. His 1985 Tigers were SEC Champions and his 1991, 1992, and 1995 teams finished as SEC Runner-Up. He was succeeded by Jeff Brown.[1]

He founded the USTA ITF Junior Tour and led it until 2006.

He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1998.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis staff - Jeff Brown". Louisiana State University. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ "ITA Men's Hall of Fame". ITA. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Steve Strome
LSU Tigers Head Men's Tennis Coach
1983-1997
Succeeded by
Jeff Brown