Roy Simmons Jr. - Revolutionizing Lacrosse
Simmons was credited with increasing the visibility of lacrosse at home as well. "He allowed a game that was formerly defensive to become offensive," Paul Gait told Syracuse University Magazine. This approach resulted in a faster-paced, more spontaneous game that drew a greater number of fans.
What Simmons is perhaps best known for, though, is the tremendous respect he generated among students, fans and even opposing coaches. "You can't help but like him," Princeton coach Bill Tierney told USA Today after his team beat the Orangemen and Simmons announced his retirement. "You're watching a legend leave the game. He's been wonderful for lacrosse and for college sports."