Jerry Simmons Circuit

ITA College Hall of Fame Coach

Jerry Simmons

  1998 Youngest coach ever inducted into the  Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame - 51 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.
   
  1977, 1978, and 1979 Southland Conference Coach of the Year (UL)
   
  1988 & 1997 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year (LSU)
   
  One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division 1 Tennis
   
  Southland Conference dual match record 39-6 (.866)
   
  Southeastern Conference Record 129-42 (.754) 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 (1971-1997)

Overall: 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 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 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 16 1984, 1986, 1994, 1997.

Southland Conference Champions 6 years in a row: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982

26-0 undefeated in Southland dual matches last six years.

1978 Bing Crosby World Intercollegiate Champions Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Coaching Honors

1974 UNITED STATES JUNIOR DAVIS CUP COACH
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 Louisiana Coach of the Year
1997 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
1998 ITA COLLEGE TENNIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
(Youngest coach ever inducted at 51 yrs. of age)
2014 LOUISIANA TENNIS HALL OF FAME