Jerry Simmons Circuit

Hall of Fame LSU Head Tennis Coach

Jerry Simmons

  1998 Youngest coach ever inducted into the  Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame - 52 years of age
   
  1988 ITA NCAA Division 1 National Coach of the Year after leading LSU to NCAA Finals against Stanford
   
  1989 Coached LSU's Donni Leaycraft to NCAA Single Championship.  LSU Hall of Fame Leaycraft is LSU's only NCAA Singles Champion.
   
  1988 & 1997 SEC Coach of the Year
   
  One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division 1 Tennis
   
  SEC Record -- 128-42(.752) At time of retirement, second winningest coach in history of SEC
   
  24 All-American Honors 
   
  37 All SEC Honors
   
  Coached 9 Davis Cup Players
   
  LSU Assistant to Athletic Director 1998 - 1999
   
  Founder of the USTA ITF Junior Tour 1999 - 2006
 

Director and Founder of the USTA ITF Junior Tour (1999 - 2006)


Coaching Record

Overall: 492 - 197 - 2 (26 Years)
Record at LSU: 278 - 105 (15 Years)
Record at Louisiana-Lafayette: 214 - 92 - 2 (11 Years)
NCAA Finalist: 1988
NCAA Final Eight: 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992
NCAA Sweet 16: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997

13 NCAA Top Ten finishes in 15 years as LSU Head Men's Tennis Coach.  LSU is one of only 6 teams (Stanford, Georgia, UCLA, USC, LSU & Pepperdine) to accomplish this.

 

Coaching Honors

1977 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
1978 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
1979 Southland Conference Coach of the Year
1987 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1988 NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
1988 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
1988 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1989 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1991 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1992 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1993 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1995 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1996 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1997 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
1998 ITA COLLEGE TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
(Youngest coach ever inducted)