In the biggest pro-statue news of the year, Syracuse University announced that it will be unveiling a new statue outside of the Ensley Athletic Center at 5 pm on October 14. The ceremony will take place just after the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse alumni game.
The Simmons family is the first family of Syracuse lacrosse, building the program into the gold standard of the sport. It says a lot that this athletics department decided to promote lacrosse in such a prominent position on campus, but this has been a long time coming.
Roy Simmons, Sr. graduated from Syracuse in 1925 after four years of varsity football, boxing, and varsity lacrosse. He earned the Most Valuable Football Player Award in 1924 and All-American status as a captain on the lacrosse team. As the head lacrosse coach from 1931 to 1970 he amassed a career record of 253-130-1. While the eldest Simmons passed away in 1994 his memory lives on with the Kraus-Simmons Trophy, which is handed out to the winner of the Hobart-Syracuse game every year.
In 1971 Roy Simmons, Jr. took the keys to the program from his father and guided the Orange through the 1998 season finishing with a 290-96 record. Known as an innovator on the sidelines, the man was able to draw some of the best lacrosse players in history to SU and amassed six national championships of which only five trophies can be found. Simmons Jr. helped to instill the family ties that have consumed the Syracuse roster, famously telling his freshmen that if they wanted to play for him then each owed him their first-born male child.