Lacrosse Royalty: Legendary SU coaches Roy Simmons Sr., Jr. honored with statues

Former SU men's lacrosse coaches Roy Simmons Sr. and Jr. were immortalized with a statue in front of the Ensley Athletic Center on Saturday.

Perhaps the most iconic coaches in the sport of lacrosse were honored with a statue on Saturday afternoon.

Roy Simmons, Sr. and Jr., father and son, were honored by Syracuse University in the highest regard, as a statue was revealed in front of the Ensley Athletic Center, putting a bow on their immense contributions to the Syracuse men's lacrosse program.

Simmons, Jr. was on-hand to accept the award in front of hundreds of is former players, along with family and friends.

The ceremony began with 'Voice of the Orange' Matt Park introducing Syracuse University President Kent Syverud. From there, SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack took the podium and spoke on Simmons' accomplishments.

That's when Roy Simmons III, son of Roy Simmons, Jr., introduced his father to speak in front of the ceremonious crowd.

"I'm a little embarrassed to be immortalized like this," Simmons, Jr. said during his remarks at the podium. "After somebody passes away, this is what usually happens. But I'm still alive.

"Adventures like this make for great memories, and that's what life is about," he added.

Simmons, Jr. accounted for six National Championships during his time with the Orange.

Additionally, between Simmons Sr. and Jr., the two served as SU's lacrosse coach from 1931-1998, while also accounting for 543 wins.

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