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Andry and Simmons Selected to Louisiana Hall of Fame-to be held April 26, 2014 - Monday, April 7, 2014

Andry and Simmons Selected To Louisiana Hall Of Fame

Peggy Moore Andry and Jerry Simmons are exactly what the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame is all about, two individuals being recognized for their outstanding tennis accomplishments. The two will be inducted into The Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame at a reception and dinner open to the public (ticket required) and hosted by the Louisiana Tennis Patrons Foundation at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Ron Holmberg, Chairman of the Patronís Foundation will introduce the 2014 inductees, Peggy Moore Andry of New and former LSU Menís Tennis coach Jerry Simmons.

Peggy was introduced to tennis at City Park in the CYO program, but she soon moved to the NOLTC where she was coached by the legendary Emmett Pareí. Peggy became a junior girlís champion, and was a member of the Southern Jr Intersectional team. She won the Sugar Bowl in 1963 and was also awarded the Sportsmanship award. She was selected to the Junior Wightman Cup team where she earned Player of the Year honors. She received her Player of the Year Award on the Stadium Court at Forest Hills. Peggy was also selected as Playing Captain of the Junior Wightman Cup team.

Peggy played collegiately at Loyola University of the South and then played in the US Open at Forest Hills from 1966 to 1969. In 1968, she was ranked #10 in the U.S. in Womenís Open Doubles. The #1 player in the Womenís Open division in Louisiana from 1970 through 1973, Peggy continues to compete and was ranked in the top-ten nationally in singles for the 60ís and 65ís womenís divisions. She was selected to play for Louisiana at the Southern Senior Cup in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, leading Louisiana to the Championship in 2011. She also played for USTA Southern in the Womenís Intersectionals from 2011to 2013 with Peggy winning all three of her matches in 2012 and helping Southern defeat Southern California for the Championship.

Jerry Simmons is LSUís all-time winningest Menís 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.

Jerryís 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. Jerryís 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. The Hall of Fame reception and dinner for Peggy Andry and Jerry Simmons is open to the public and is scheduled for April 26, 2014, at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club. A ticket to the event is required, and attendees are encouraged to call Michelle at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club for tickets and further details at (504) 899-1572.


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