Emmett PareTennis Coach, 1934-73
Tulane University

Inducted: 1981

  • Recognized as the dean of American college tennis coaches during his nearly 40 years at Tulane.
  • During his tenure, the Green Wave posted a 256-40-17 record in dual meets, won 18 Southeastern Conference team titles, captured 59 SEC singles crowns, 35 SEC doubles championships, six NCAA singles titles and two NCAA doubles championships.
  • Tulane tied with Notre Dame for the 1959 NCAA tennis title (Tulane's only team national title) and Pare-coached teams finished among the top four in the NCAA Championships five times, including runner-up finishes in 1949 and 1957.
  • The Green Wave won nine straight SEC team titles from 1951 to 1959.
  • In 2008, NOLA.com, selected the 1959 Tulane men's tennis team as the eighth-best team in New Orleans sports history.
  • Pare was a team captain for the Georgetown tennis team, and in 1928, he reached the NCAA doubles finals.
  • In 1929, he won the U.S. National Clay Court singles title.
  • He was one of the early stars of professional tennis traveling with the legendary Bill Tilden on his first barnstorming tour in 1931.
  • Born Jan. 24, 1907 and died in October of 1973 at the age of 66.
  • He was also selected to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame (1977, charter member), the Georgetown Hall of Fame, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame (1983), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1997) and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame (2012).
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