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2012 Southern Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee Emmett Paré - Thursday, December 22, 2011

Emmett Pare

Members of the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, by excellence of their activities in and connection with Southern Tennis, have brought substantial recognition and esteem to themselves and to the USTA Southern Section. Inductees are annually enshrined into the Hall of Fame in January during the USTA Southern Section Annual Meeting. In 2012, Louisiana's Emmett Paré will be inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

Success as Tulane coach spanned of 40 years

Emmett Paré had a notable playing career but made his mark as the longtime men's head tennis coach at Tulane University where he won a NCAA national championship.

Raised in Chicago, Paré was one of the early stars of professional tennis traveling with the legendary Bill Tilden in his first barnstorming tour in 1931.

In 1933, Paré became the head pro at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club and head coach of men's tennis at Tulane. Paré, known simply as "coach" to his players at Tulane and his students at the NOLTC, was a master stroke technician. From Ham Richardson's backhand to Linda Tuero's forehand, Paré's players were known for their classic strokes and mental toughness.

Paré's record of success at Tulane over a span of 40 years is unparalleled. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Tulane was a national power and dominated collegiate tennis in the South. From 1938 until Tulane left the SEC in 1966, Tulane won 18 conference championships including nine straight from 1951 until 1959. In 1959, with Paré at the helm, Tulane won the school's only NCAA team national championship. Tulane was also runner-up at the NCAAs in 1949 and 1957. Tulane also captured an amazing 59 individual SEC singles championships and 35 SEC doubles championships from 1936 to 1965.

During his tenure at Tulane, Paré led his players to six NCAA singles titles as well as two NCAA doubles titles. He also coached nine Southern Tennis Hall of Fame members: Richardson, Tuero, Ron Holmberg, Crawford Henry, Lester Sack, Leslie Longshore, Wade Herren, Clifford Sutter and Ernest Sutter. He also coached NCAA singles champions Jack Tuero and Jose Aguero.

Paré's contribution to Southern tennis was not limited to Tulane. As head pro at the NOLTC, he taught dozens of Louisiana and Southern junior champions with a number of his players going on to capture conference honors for other universities such as LSU in the SEC, Duke University in the ACC and Northwestern University in the Big 10.

Before he began his coaching career, Paré was also an accomplished player. Tilden described Paré as a "great natural player." While a student at Georgetown University, he reached the doubles final of the NCAA Championships and a year later in 1929, he captured the United States Men's Clay Court Championship. NOLTC legend is that Paré, well into his forties, would play his Tulane tennis stars on the clay courts at the club and regularly beat them.

Almost forty years after his passing in 1973, Paré's players are still competing at high levels. One of Paré's prized NOLTC pupils, Mark Meyers, recently won the USTA National Men's 55 Clay Court Championship in Atlanta. Sack remains one of the top players in the world in his age division and represents the U.S. in international play.

Paré was in the first class of inductees into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1983. He has also been inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame, the Georgetown University Hall of Fame and the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.

While Paré, who lived in New Orleans, did not have any immediate family, his "tennis family" remains involved in the game. Many who were lucky enough to be his students will be forever grateful to him for teaching the great game of tennis.
 

 

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