Two of the all-time legends in Syracuse lacrosse were honored Saturday, as SU unveiled the Roy Simmons Sr. and Jr. statue.
Roy Simmons Jr.’s Orange ties began with his father, Roy Simmons Sr., who was a two-time USILA national champion with the lacrosse team before coaching lacrosse for 40 years. He also coached boxing and was an assistant football coach, helping each team earn a national title and coaching eight boxers to individual national championships.
Simmons Sr. led the team to a 253-130-1 record, before turning the program over to his son in 1971.
Simmons Jr., who was a two-time USILA Honorable Mention All-American, graduated in 1959 and coached the freshman team for 12 seasons before taking over the varsity program. Once there, he led Syracuse to unprecedented success and transformed Syracuse into the storied program it is today.
He’s the first coach to win six NCAA titles and one-of-two to win three-straight national titles. In his time leading the program, 131 players earned All-American honors and 11 former players have joined him in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The statue of the two can be seen out in front of the Ensley Athletic Center.